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I Saw the Future

I Saw the Future

  • By Natalia Paruz
  • Release 7/16/2011
  • Media Format CD
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"Natalia Paruz is among the few so blessed...summoning haunting music from quivering steel. The saw trembles, as if in awe of a fortunate woman doing what she was meant to do." - New York Times " '... Natalia Paruz, who is a master of the instrument...excels at the tenor, baritone and French musical saws as well as at playing 36 pitched Austrian cowbells'...Paul Lustig Dunkel, conductor and music director of the Westchester Philharmonic, said... 'She was great.' " - New York Times "Best Reason To Miss The N Train - Saw Lady...when you're lucky enough to catch Natalia Paruz, a/k/a the Saw Lady, a gross-smelling Union Square station suddenly becomes more appealing than your living room. Paruz's warped and wonderful musical-saw performances are completely mesmerizing - there's something about the way the music swirls that makes you feel completely weightless and serene. Paruz puts so much feeling into the way she bends notes, whether she's playing Mozart or "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," and her sunny smile could soften the hardest heart." - Village Voice "The cantata's powerful final scene features the musical saw (Natalia Paruz) - superb playing." - New Music Connoisseur "...Natalia Paruz...a soulful, beatific presence as she renders classical pieces on her carpenter's saw..." - Back Stage "...Natalia is a gifted player of the musical saw...(her) renditions of classics such as Ave Maria and Peace on Earth are stirring and serene. On (her Christmas) CD Paruz has truly captured the voice of peace." - Ins & Outs "There are those who have been lucky enough to hear Natalia Paruz playing her instrument, the musical saw... And then there are those who haven't - and they probably don't know what they've been missing, but they should. Paruz gets the musical saw to sing in tones that are at once eerie yet strangely soothing, but never, ever dull... She does add a little extra variety with pitched handbells (which are stunning) and pitched cowbells (ditto)... The sound is superb, the vibe is engaging and downright hypnotic, and the effect is stunning." - AllMusic "Natalia Paruz has a surefire way to make people stop and watch....She is very good. This is very special." - Daily News "The expression on her listeners' faces range from stunned wonder to delight." - Daily News "...If you need a lift in your day, check out the 'saw-lady', Natalia Paruz, on Youtube playing Bach's plaintive organ chorale 'I cry to Thee, Jesus Christ' in the New York City subway. This Heifetz of the jagged blade made her Carnegie Hall debut last year." - Counter Punch "...This being vaudeville, there was also a musical saw number, soothingly performed by Natalia Paruz." - New York Times "...Natalia plays as seriously, intently and confidently as if she were the first violinist for a philharmonic orchestra." -The Resident "Natalia is a deeply talented, humble musician..." -The Deli, NYC music magazine "A pretty gal playing beautiful music" - Cindy Adams, NY Post THE USE OF THE CARPENTER'S saw as a musical instrument goes back hundreds of years. The discovery of it's musical capabilities is not indigenous to a particular part of the world, but rather was made wherever hand saws were used for carpentry. The properties a saw possesses for creating a tone are natural to it's makeup. At first people struck the saw with a mallet to produce a tone. Later people discovered a string-instrument's bow can be drawn on the non-serrated edge. Natalia's goal is not only to preserve the rare art form of playing music on a saw, but also to push it forward through the invention of better playing techniques, educating composers about the possibilities of composing for saw, and bringing the instrument to greater public awareness. Natalia has commissioned a number of new works for musical saw from contemporary composers, many of which are recorded here for the first time (tracks 2-8). These works present the saw in a variety of chamber music settings, elevating the saw to the status of a regular musical instrument and not just a novelty. NATALIA 'SAW LADY' PARUZ has spent over a decade bringing the rare art form of playing music on a carpenter's saw to audiences around the world. She performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, with the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Air Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, the Riverside Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Amor Artis Orchestra and at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with PDQ Bach composer Peter Schickele and with the Little Orchestra Society. November 2007 marked her Carnegie Hall debut as a musical saw soloist and June 2008 marked her Madison Square Garden debut. Television appearances include FOX5 (Good Day New York), ABC (Good Morning America), MTV (Andy Milonakis Show), VH1 (Behind the Music), History Channel (Tool Box), PBS (Music Under New York - Emmy award winner), MSG (NYC Soundtracks - Emmy award winner). Film appearances include Dummy with Adrian Brody. Natalia's saw can be heard on the soundtracks of films such as El Carnaval Sodoma/ Arthuro Ripstein, I Sell the Dead, American Carny, and Another Earth. Radio performances include NPR (A Prairie Home Companion), WNYC, WFMU, XM Satellite Radio & WBAI. Natalia received citations of honor from the New York City Council, the New York State Senate and a medal of honor from Paris, France. She was chosen by Time Out New York, the Village Voice, the New York Press and the New York Resident for their Best of New York lists, and was featured in articles by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Daily News, Newsday and Metro New York. Natalia has recorded on Capitol Records, Universal Records and Atlantic Records with such artists as John Hiat, and is mentioned in ten books including City Lights: Stories About New York/New York Times writer Dan Barry, St. Martin's Press and New York Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff/Globe Pequot. Natalia's musical saw has been heard on TV commercials, including spots for Volvo, Motorola, Chex Mix & California Cheese.


Conductors: James Bassi
Performers: Frank Foerster, Ilya Speranza, Karen Rostron, Lawrence Zoernig, Mary Bopp, Mune Takahashi, Olivier Fluchaire, Ricardo Rivera, Richard Walker, Scott Munson, Zakaria Enikeev
Title: I Saw the Future
Release Date: 7/16/2011
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 884501555012
Item #: 157041X
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