If you are in the area, be sure to check out the 8th Annual NYC Musical Saw Festival.
Yes, musical saws!
Concert & art exhibit revolving around the 300 year old art of playing music on a carpenter's handsaw - Saturday, August 7th, 2010, 2pm.
The art form of making music with a carpenter's handsaw has been around for 300 years. For the past 8 years Astoria (Queens) became a pilgrimage spot for musical saw players from all over the world. Last year the festival got into the Guinness Book of Records for the 'Largest Musical saw Ensemble' with 53 saw players playing together, beating the previous record from Poland (28 saw players).
The festival includes world premiers of music written especially for the musical saw (including a piece for 3 musical saws), as well as the 'Chorus of the Saws' - all musical saw players playing together.
Musical saw solos & ensembles, performing many music styles (jazz, classical, pop, folk, show-tunes, etc.) performed by musical saw players from all over the world.
Also - 'Ameriklectic' - a 10 piece jazz band featuring the musical saw (Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz) as the lead instrument.
The festival is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the NY State Council on the Arts.
Where: Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street (corner of Newtown Avenue), Astoria, NY 11102
('N' train to 30th Ave)
You know you want to!