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William Ruiz — bandleader, percussionist, master Logdrummer, hand drummer on Tribal drumset.
genre: world music

He is one of today's most talented modern improvisational world music artists. Based in NYC, this young spirited Native American (Taino) and Spanish Puerto Rican artist is the creative force behind a unique blend of improvisational world tribal percussion sounds.

Ruiz was born in Elizabeth, NJ. His first musical influences date back to his early childhood when his family introduced him to Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban recordings of the 1940's, which featured latin greats such as “The godfather” of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Don Rafael Cepeda, Arsenio Rodriguez, Willie Colon, El Gran Combo, Tito Rojas and Tito Rodriguez, etc. Since December 2000, Ruiz has been documented for presenting the 12 tongue modern Log drum and Tribal drum set along with various percussion instruments to the people of NYC, nationally and internationally.

His Log drum is a modern version of the Taino - Mayahavau and the Afro- Puerto Rican “Cua”of Loiza. It is known by many different Indigenous tribes worldwide by various other names. With his tribal drum set and the12 tongue modern Log drum as his main instrument he entrances his audiences. Ruiz is a crowd pleaser.


performing "Jicarillo Cowboy
" | performing "Wolves of Idaho"



Suki Rae — flutist/singer/songwriter
genre: jazz, classical

Flutist/singer/songwriter Suki Rae has been performing internationally for more than twenty years.

In June 2009, she performed at the Museum of Modern Art for the ACIP Awards- honoring the documentary "Dig Your Souls,"in which she appeared with the rock band OASIS.She also appeared in the Jazz Chorus at International Women in Jazz and in the chorus Of "CHURCH" at the Public Theatre. She has been signed on as an artist with Hip Chick Records- which will release a compilation CD in July 2009 on which one of her songs will be featured. Several other songs have been published by Noteborn Music and Piano Press.

In 2006, Ms. Rae received a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant to produce a peace concert at St. Marks Church with some of her original material as well as material written by children in Peace Songwriting Workshops she led. In 2005, she wrote music, lyrics, text, co-directed, acted in, played music for and produced an autobiographical muse-ical, "I Don't Wannabe a Wannabe", presented as a staged reading at the Writer's Vocie in New York City. She has been musician in residence at: Cornell University, in Israel, Spain, New Mexico, Colorado, and Florida. She has won numerous awards including: ASCAP; only American finalist in Hoiellart Jazz Festival in Belgium; song of the Year Award; NAR Awards; Just Plain Folks Award; American Song Festival; and Nashville Song Festival.

Concerts/festivals appearances include: Jerusalem International Women's Music Festival; Michigan Women's Music Festival; Universal Jazz Coalition's Women in Jazz;Alice Tully Hall; Makor;St. Peter's Church;Kingston Wall to Wall Jazz Festival;MUNY's Texaco Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival; and Music Festival in Halifax Nova Scotia.She has performed with choregraphers;acted,directed, and written for theatre and film; appeared on Radio and TV including : BBC's Around the World in 80 Days," "Shanonim," on Israeli Television; BET; and WNYC's "New Sounds."

She has released six recordings: five of original music.


performing "Save Your Heart for Me"
                                                                                 

 


Natalia "Saw Lady" Paruz musical saw
genre: classical, new age

Natalia, affectionately known as the "Saw Lady", 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; at the Spoleto Festival in the orchestra of 'Monkey - Journey to the West'; with the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra; the Royal Air Moroccan Symphony Orchestra; the Riverside 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 FOX (Good Day New York), ABC (Good Morning America), MTV (Andy Milonakis Show), VH1 (Behind the Music), History Channel (Tool Box), PBS (New York Voices). 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, American Carny and I Sell the Dead.

Radio performances include NPR (A Prairie Home Companion), XM Satelite 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 and Metro New York.

Natalia has recorded on Capitol Records, Universal Records and Atlantic Records with such artists as John Hiat.


You Tube performance | "How to Play the Musical Saw"

 

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