Simotas Presents Citation Of Honor To Musical Saw Festival
Assemblymember Aravella Simotas presented the Queens based NYC Musical Saw Festival with a citation of honor for “nine years of artistic excellence in Astoria”. In her speech at the festival, which took place on July 16, Simotas said she has a love and appreciation of music since she used to play the clarinet, and she finds it so wonderful that the NYC Musical Saw Festival takes place at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria and she hopes it will continue to do so for many years to come.
The festival presented 37 musical saw players who came from as far away as India, Japan, Germany and Sweden, and as nearby as Astoria and Sunnyside.
Among the many performances was the world premiere of the very first composition ever written specifically for the carpenter’s saw by Eyal Bat. There were classical pieces by Liszt, Bach and Beethoven, pop classics, religious tunes, a soundtrack piece from Willie Wonka, poetry, visual art and a comedy skit.
Natalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruz, founder and organizer of the annual festival, presented “Bend” and “Ars Longa Vita Brevis”- two pieces for string quartet and musical saw by Scott Munson which are on her new album, “I Saw the Future.” The album is available from www.cdbaby.com/Artist/NataliaParuz. Paruz also performed on the soundtrack to the film, Another Earth which opened at theaters worldwide on July 22. The film is a multiple award winner from the Sundance Film Festival with music composed by Munson. Paruz also coached actor William Mapother on playing the saw for his role in the film.
The festival, which is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts, was also supported by local merchants such as Maria’s Hair Salon and Imagination Hairdesigners.
Videos from the festival can be viewed at www.MusicalSawFestival.org