Natalia Paruz

Novelty Musical Instruments

Unique and compelling musical interludes...

Tenor & Baritone carpenter saws ~ French musical saw ~ 36 pitched Austrian cow-bells ~ 4-in-hand handbells ~ space-controle etherwave theremin

Television ~ Radio ~ Concerts ~ Community Events ~ Fairs ~ Conventions ~ Museums ~ Amusement Parks ~ Retirement Homes

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Recent Performances

Theatrical Resume

Other Achievements

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"Natalia is a wonderful artist, absolutely!...", "Natalia, the saw-lady whom I adore..."these were among the accolades bestowed upon Natalia by Good Day New York's Lynn Brown and Bobby Rivers during a performance by Natalia on this popular early morning NY news and variety TV program. Natalia is no stranger to TV, however. She has been delighting audiences the world over with her unique sonic and visual performances as well as her vivacious and humorous interviews on such acclaimed television programs as Fox After Breakfast, The Vicki Lawrence Show, Oddville MTV, Good Morning America, Tool Box (History Channel), Over the Edge CBS and Biggers & Summers on the Lifetime channel.
Radio audiences have become acquainted with her angelic singing saw through her repeated broadcasts on NPR's 'A Prairie Home Companion', WBAI 99.5FM, XM Satellite Radio, WPKN 89.5FM and WFMU 91.1FM.
Natalia's unique talent of playing classical, ragtime and show-tunes on 'strange' instruments has sparked great public interest in this dynamic performer's revival of vaudeville style acts. She has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, with the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Paul Dunkel, the Royal Air Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with both PDQ Bach composer Peter Schickele and with the Little Orchestra Society conducted by maestro Dino Anagnost and at festivals such as the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, the World Trade Center's Buskers Fair, Queens Farm Museum Agricultural Fair, Ecofest NY, Harmony Day, etc. Natalia was chosen to open the official Liberty Bell ceremony in Philadelphia when this American symbol was moved to its new home.
Other performances include the Museum of the City of New York, the Coney Island Museum, numerous performances at the Rainbow Room and concerts around NY, CT, Israel and France. Natalia's saw playing won her a medal of honor from the mayor of the Maisons-Alfort region in Paris, France, a citation of honor from the New York City Council, and she was also chosen by both 'Time Out Magazine' and the 'Village Voice' for the 'Best of New York' lists.
As Natalia is one of today's foremost celebrated musical saw players, she was chosen to be a judge at the International Musical Saw Competition in Paris, France.
Natalia has recorded on Capitol Records, Universal Records, and Atlantic Records with such artists as John Hiatt. Her musical saw can be heard on television commercials for such products as Volvo, Motorola, Optimum-on-line and California cheese. she can be seen in the movie ‘Dummy’ with Oscar winning Adrian Brody and be heard on soundtracks of movies such as 'El Carnaval Sodoma' and 'American Carny'.

Natalia by the Lincoln Center's ads advertising two of her concerts at Avery Fisher Hall


Here’s what some are saying about Natalia:

Zubin Mehta, conductor of the Israel Philharmonic said:
“Natalia is the best saw player I’ve ever worked with”

Garrison Keillor, of A Prairie Home Companion has called her
“Our official musical saw player”.

William Bolcom, Pulitzer Prize winning composer said:
“Amazing and quite musical in the expressiveness she was able to get from a tableful of bells. Brava!”

Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach) said:
Natalia Paruz not only plays the saw beautifully (the idea of playing a carpenter’s saw seems funny, but the sound itself is haunting), she’s also a terrific musician.

Janet Coleman, host of the WBAI Radio show Cat Radio CafȦlt;/I> said:
"I listened to the CD and it’s very fun... Natalia Paruz is a virtuoso of the musical saw.
The CD has in fact an angelic quality. The universe has some amazing things in it besides electricity - it has the musical saw."

Concert at the Givatayim Music Conservatory, Israel, September 2005, with pianist Tal Samnon

Recent Performances of Novelty Musical Instruments


  • Good Day New York, channel 5 (FOX), NY
  • Toolbox, History channel, NY
  • Fox After Breakfast, channel 5 (FOX), NY
  • The Vicki Lawrence Show, channel 5 (FOX), NY
  • Oddville MTV, NY
  • The Andy Milonakis Show, MTV, NY
  • Inside Stories, A&E, NY
  • Good Morning America, channel 7 (ABC), NY
  • Over The Edge, (CBSIM People's Network), NY
  • Behind The Music, Takin' It To The Street, channel 19 (VH1), NY
  • Kids Passport To The World, (MIRAMAX), Disney channel, NY
  • Biggers & Summers, Lifetime channel, NY
  • Mostly New York, CNN, NY 'Talent Load' VH1
  • FOX 5 News at 5, 'Subway Sounds', NY
  • Cool In Your Code, ch. 25, NY
  • Transit Transit News, (Metro)NY
  • The New Yorkers, WNXY ch 26 - NY, WXMC ch. 1310 - NJ, TV 5 & 10 - FL
  • NY Style, WMBC, NY
  • Subway Q&A (Metro), NY
  • The Dave Gold Show, channel 56, NY
  • Live With Dan Shilon, channel 2, ISRAEL
  • Morning show with Yael Dan, channel 10, ISRAEL
  • Exit, channel Hot3, ISRAEL
  • 'The American Dream' - RTL Klub, HUNGARY
  • America Vive, LTV (channel 39, 67), NY
  • Exotica New York Show, channel 34, NY
  • Channel 11 News At Ten, channel 11, NY
  • News - WKTV, channel 4, UTAH
  • News - KUTV, channel 2, UTAH
  • News - KSLTV, channel 5, UTAH
  • National College Cable TV, NY
  • Regis & Kathy Lee, channel 7 (ABC), NY
  • Deadline - HDnet TV, NY
  • NY on Russian TV, WMMB, NY
  • News 12 - Westchester Cable TV, NY
  • The Light Show, channel 69, NY
  • Teen Forum, Strive Media Institute, (ABC), WI
  • Souls of New York, channel 13, NY
  • Jo Jo NY, Channel 73 (Sinovision), NY
  • Spike TV pilot 'Now That's Entertainment...with Reginald Westinghouse'
  • TV commercial for MTV's Andy Milonakis Show, NY (Used for Optimum On-Line, too)

  • NPR 'A Prairie Home Companion' with Garrison Keillor (National), USA
  • WABC 'Perspective'(National), USA
  • WBAI 99.5FM, NY
  • XM Satellite Radio 'Underground Music', USA
  • WOR 710AM, NY
  • WJFK 106.7 'The Don & Mike Show', DC
  • WFMU 91.1FM, NJ
  • WPKN 89.5FM, CT
  • KKUP 91.5FM, CA
  • KZMU, UT
  • WVOF 88.5FM, CT
  • Radio Marabu, Germany
  • ABC 'Radio Eye' (National), Australia
  • RTE (Radio Telefɩreann), Irland
  • Kol Hamoosika, ISRAEL
  • WFUV 90.7FM 'City Folk Morning', NY
  • Radio Centraal, Belgium
  • Voice of America
  • NPR 'All Songs Concidered Open Mic'
  • WNYC subway musicians

Natalia with Garrison Keillor after one of their 'A Prairie Home Companion' performances


  • 'Dummy'(with Adrien Brody), directed by Gregory Pritikin - Artisan Pictures
  • 'El Carnaval Sodoma', directed by Arthuro Ripstein
  • 'American Carny', directed by Nick Basile
  • 'Lost Legends of New York' - Limitless Productions, directed by Jason Scianno
  • 'Eroica' - Popper Productions, Inc.
  • 'Over to the Other Side', directed by Fabio Paciucci
  • 'Subway Circuit', directed by Francisco Gamez
  • 'The Wannabees' - Tracing Pictures Productions, (NYU)
  • 'Hardware Glenn Number 1' - directed by Mary Werbaneth (NY Film Academy)
  • 'How to Save a Future Memories' - directed by Darko Dragicevic (NY Film Academy)
  • 'subway Musicians Documentary', Charlie-in-the-Box Films, directed by Dee Nichols
  • 'Art Under New York' - directed by Dino Lupo
  • 'Coincidenza' by Luigi cazzaniga (in Italian)
  • 'Metro Music' - Mr. Mudshow Media Inc
  • 'Sing Saw', directed by Adam Fredericks
  • 'The Truth of the Planet', directed by Augustin Merchant
  • 'My Name Is Natalia' (Columbia university)
  • 'A Broad Way', Saul & Goode Entertainment
  • 'Playing For Keeps', directed by Denis O'Hare, Double Wide Films

  • Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, '96, '01 NY
  • The New York International Fringe Festival - 'Tenement Vaudeville', NY
  • World Trade Center's Buskers Fair, NY
  • Utah Arts Festival, UT
  • Tribeca Film Festival Family Day, NY '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, 06'
  • Festival International de Lame Sonore, Paris, FRANCE
  • Miracle on Madison Avenue, NY
  • International Street Performers Festival of White Plains, NY
  • Ecofest (Ecological Festival), NY
  • Queens Farm Museum Agricultural Fair, NY
  • Discover Columbus Extravaganza, NY
  • Harmony Day, NY
  • East River Festival, NY
  • Macintosh New York Music Festival at Grand Central, NY
  • All Ears Music Festival, NY
  • Roots...Music of the Americas Festival, NY
  • NYC's Up From the Underground Festival, NY
  • Every Wednesday Something Spicy Festival, NY
  • Historic Astoria Festival, NY
  • Inside Out Festival, NY

  • PDQ Bach Concert at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall (Peter Schickele), NY
  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Zubin Mehta), ISRAEL
  • Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall (Dino Anagnost), NY
  • Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra (Paul Dunkel), NY
  • Rainbow Room, NY
  • Knitting Factory, 'Underground Cabaret', NY
  • Tonic - Deli Music Magazine 1st Anniversary, NY
  • Pianos, NY
  • Museum of the City of New York, NY
  • American Folk Art Museum, NY
  • The Coney Island Museum, NY
  • Liberty Bell moving ceremony, PA
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival - Blythe's Spirit - Tribute to Blythe Danner
  • PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NY
  • Cornelia Street Cafe, 'Confess\Confuse,'directed by Richard Edelman
  • Dana Discovery Center, NY
  • Belvedere Castle, NY
  • Metrotech Holiday Festival, NY
  • Sundays on the Island, NY
  • Museum of the Diaspora, ISRAEL
  • Givatayim Music Conservatory, ISRAEL
  • Beyt Leyvik, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
  • Ajax/Sophocles, Minor Latham Playhouse, NY
  • 'O Gravity - O Light', Mulbery Street theatre, NY
  • Erick Hawkins school of dance benefit gala, NY
  • Vaudeville at the Lower East side Tennament Museum, NY
  • Vaudeville 2000, LaMaMa e.t.c., NY
  • Concert de Lame Sonore, Paris, France
  • Partnership for Parks concert Series at Ralph De Marco Park, NY
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan - Vaudeville vignettes, NY
  • Belmont Park Race Track, NY
  • Hudson Waterfront Museum, Circus Sundays, NY
  • NAJP, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, NY
  • Goldwater Memorial Hospital, NY
  • South street Sea Port, NY
  • New York Centenial Central Park Celebration, NY
  • Centennial Korean-American opening gala, NY
  • Aids Walk, NY
  • The Amazing Maize Maze, NY
  • Astoria Park Concert Series - Astoria big Band, NY
  • The Haunted waters, NY
  • Opening Night of 'Wayward Son' at Center Stage Theater, NY
  • WTC Benefit - Arts & Technology for Recovery, NY Makin' It Big fund raiser, NY
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Program page of Natalia's performance at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall


  • 'God's Golden Eyes'/John Hiatt, Capitol Records
  • 'Lonestar Hitchicker'/Don Dilego, Universal Records
  • 'Circles Under the Sun/Leslie Miles, Atlantic Records
  • 'Whata Ya Know'/Jonathan Best, Buble Music
  • 'Be With You'/Bret Reilly, Mansion Beach
  • 'Midnight Brainwash Revival' album/Jessica Wing
  • 'I Belong To You'/Michael Maxwell, Pink Noise
  • 'Subplay', As Is Artists
  • 'Bag of Tricks', Andy Arrow
  • Hark! An Angel Sings, Arioso Records
  • 'Singing Sounds of Saw', Insomnia Music
  • Motorola 'Golf' TV Commercial
  • Volvo TV Commercial
  • California Cheese TV Commercial

Theatrical Resume


  • Funny Girl, Fireside Dinner Theater, WI
  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Habima National theater, Israel
  • Salach Shabbati, Habima National theater, Israel
  • A Tapestry of Dreams (J.B), Church of St. Paul the apostle, NY
  • The Music Man (Maud), Brick Church, NY
  • Songbook Collection, National Music theater Network, NY

  • Tapage A Trois (Tap), Don't Tell Mama, NY
  • Theater Rock Tap-Dance Co., Woodpeckers, Cat-Club, Houlihan's, USDAN, NY
  • Tap Competitions - Gold Medal, England
  • Felini Parade (Tommy Tune), Rainbow Room, NY
  • 'MR Abbott' Award (Tommy Tune), The Equitable Theater, NY
  • 'Body Express' Jazz Cabaret, Israel
  • Bat Sheva 2 Modern Dance Co., Israel
  • The Israel Festival 1988 & 1989, Israel
  • Bat Dor workshop performances
    One Woman Cabaret Shows

  • Eleonora's supper Club, NY
  • Robert's, NY
  • Fireside Dinnerr Theater, WI
  • TV-Channel 17, NY, IL
  • Dick Shea's Variety Show, NY
  • Singer's Lounge at Beefsteak Charlie's
  • Gallery One
  • Jewish Singles Cabaret
    TV & Film

  • Stuttering John video clip, MTV, NY
  • It's In the Water, Ind. Film - Blue Ghoul Prod., NY
  • How To Succeed In Showbusiness, channel 17, NY, IL
  • I Have a Dream, New School Student Film, NY
  • The Great Ish, SVA, NY
  • 'Good Evening' programs, Israel
  • commercials, Israel


  • Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (Trainee Certificate)
  • Alvin Ailey School
  • Steps 74 (taught Tap there)
  • Browdway Dance Center (scholarship)
  • Bat Dor (scholarship)


  • John Baylis


  • HB Studio - Joe Bousard
  • Weist-Barron School (scholarship)

Other Achievements

  • Recipiant of a citation of honor from New York City Council Speaker Peter Vallone for unique personal achievement in her profession and for her participation as a performer in voluntary programs
  • Recipient of the 'Woman of Distinction' award from the NY State Senator Serphin Maltese for her singular professional & personal achievements, commitment to excellence and accomplishments which merit special recognition.
  • Winner of prizes (including first prize) for painted saws artwork
  • Recipiant of grant from the American Bell Association, Inc. for writing a book titled 'Making Music With Small Bells'
  • Winner of medals (including gold) in tap-dance competitions in England
  • Recipient of medal of honor for achievement in preserving the art of musical saw playing, from the mayor of the Maisons Alfort region of Paris, France
  • Published articles about bells in the 'Bell Tower' magazine
  • Published articles about the musical saw in the 'Saw Players News'
  • Published a gardening article in 'exPRESSo' magazine and in the 'Western Queens Gazette'
  • Nominated as an 'Everyday Hero' by Newsday.
  • Recipiant of a Community Service Award From the Community Coffeehouse at Trinity Lutheran Church, L.I.C.
  • Recipiant of the Let Freedom Ring Roll of Honor from the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution
  • Judge at the International Musical Saw Competition, Paris, France 2004
  • Chosen for 'New Yorker of the Month' by the NYC Hall of Fame
  • Chosen for the 'Best of NY' lists by the 'Village Voice' (2003), 'Time Out NY' (2004), the 'New York Resident' (2005) and The 'New York Press' Readers Poll (2005)
  • Mentioned in the book 'Overlooked New York' by Zina Saunders
  • Mentioned in the book "Curiosities: New York"/Cindy Perman - it's part of a state-by-state series on interesting, offbeat things in each state. It's part guide book, part arm-chair read.
  • Mentioned in a book published by The Princeton Review, a major publisher of education-based and career books in conjunction with Random House. This book is geared toward high schoolers who have ambitions beyond a 9-5 desk job. "Street Performer" chapter by Lisa Maire Rovito

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