The Music

From majestic orchestral music to simple original tunes inspired by the period featuring the Musical Saw performed by Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz, the music provides a evocative and moving back drop to this civil war era play.

Scott Munson Music composer orchestrator vibraphonist

Scott Munson Music composer orchestrator vibraphonist

American composer Scott R. Munson’s music has been performed throughout the world in concert halls, movie theaters, film festivals, and on TV and radio.

Stage Performances of works include:
Symphony Space, Carnegie Recital Hall,  The Greene Space, Bruno Walter Theater, Joyce Theatre Soho, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Finger Lakes Music Festival, Goliard Chamber Ensemble (Composer in residence and numerous commissions (1999-2010), Lost Dog Music Ensemble, Ballet music for members of the Eric Hawkins Dance Company, NYC Musical Saw Festival, and numerous other venues by a variety of artists.

Film, TV and radio performances of SM’s music include:
Various International and Domestic film festivals, movie theaters and cable TV stations worldwide, HBO, Showtime, CineMax, Netflix, CBS, MTV, FOX, CNN, Bravo, A&E, The WE Channel, The History Channel, WNYC, XM Radio, WBAI, Radio Marabu (Germany), Radio Centraal (Belgium) Radio Kol Hamusika (Israel), National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Songs Considered” contest – first prize.

As arranger, orchestrator, music supervisor, clients include:
Charles Wuorinen (Pulitzer prize winning composer), Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Julius Hemphill, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Harry Connick, Jr. and others.

Notable press quotes about Scott’s Music:
“ of the most moving musical moments in memory.”
LA Times
“The eerily beautiful sounds cascade and twist though the air, sounding like the precise halfway
point between the music of the spheres and a human sob.”
The Boston Globe
Wall Street Journal
“the eerie spiritual sound evokes a Gregorian chant.”
Bloomberg News
“…an eerie, unearthly and beautiful melody…”
MSN Movies
“…the real draw here was a pair of works by Scott Munson”
NY Times
“…amply melodic, entertainingly athletic solo lines.
NY Times


NataliaSawladyParuzNatalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruz (musical saw) – The December 3rd 2011 ‘Washington Post’ crossword puzzle had Paruz as a question: “Down 5 – Instrument played by Natalia Paruz”. Founder/director of the NYC Musical Saw Festival, columnist of the ‘Saw Player News’ and a judge at international musical saw competitions.
Paruz played the musical saw on many film soundtracks and can be seen as well as heard in the movie ‘Dummy’ starring Adrien Brody. She has performed with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Zubin Mehta), the Westchester Philharmonic, the Royal Air Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, the Amor Artis Orchestra, the Riverside Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber 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 and June 2008 marked her Madison Square Garden debut. Her musical saw can be heard in many TV commercials and she has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs around the world. Garrison Keillor of the Prairie Home Companion radio show has dubbed Natalia the show’s ‘official saw player’. As a studio musician, she was recorded by labels such as Atlantic Records, Capitol Records and Universal Records, for albums of bands and composers such as John Hiatt & Elliot Goldenthal. She played at many festivals, such as the Spoleto Festival USA, the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Utah Arts Festival, World Trade Center’s Buskers Fair and at the Fingerlakes Chamber Music Festival. Natalia is the subject of an entry is the encyclopedia ‘Music in American Life – An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture’.

All Actors & Stage Managers appear courtesy of Actors equity Association.

This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

These plays have been chosen for fiscal sponsorship by FRACTURED ATLAS, a national non-profit artist service organization providing a range of support for the independent arts community.

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