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Rhythm in Motion

The 'Almost Lost' Art of Musical Saw

Apr 28, 2015 | 10 videos
Video by Jenny Schweitzer

Natalia Paruz, a musician in New York City, used to be a dancer. Her dance career was cut short by tragedy; on her way home from the Lincoln Center years ago, she was hit by a taxi cab. "I suffered permanent damage to my upper spine," she told Gothamist in 2008. "Needless to say, I was devastated."

After the accident, Paruz found solace and artistic satisfaction on a trip to Europe, where she watched a musical saw performance. It changed her life, as filmmaker Jenny Schweitzer shows in this short documentary. "When you play it, the whole instrument moves. It just seemed like dance to me," Paruz told her.

Now, with nearly 20 years of experience as the "Saw Lady" of the city, Paruz has performed on stage, on television, on film, and on radio. Her music is available for purchase on her website.

This is the fourth film in a series about New York's subway musicians.

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Author: Chris Heller

About This Series

A curated series of short films about New York City's subway musicians