Denman Maroney

Denman Maroney is a composer and pianist known for his "hyperpiano" technique (playing the keys with one hand and the strings with the other using bars and bows of copper, plastic, and rubber).

About Me

Denman Fowler Maroney is a composer and pianist known for his ”hyperpiano” style (playing the keys with one hand and the strings with other using slides and bows of metal, plastic, rubber, and wood) and his “temporal harmony” (composing and improvising in multiple tempos). He has recorded for Outnow, Porter, Innova, Clean Feed, Nuscope, Kadima, Cryptogramophone, New World, Mutable, Victo, CIMP, and Erstwhile among others with Hans Tammen, Andrew Drury, Angelika Niescier, James Ilgenfritz, Mark Dresser, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Michael Dessen, Matthias Ziegler, Ned Rothenberg, Dave Ballou, Michael Sarin, Kevin Norton, Theo Bleckmann, Shelley Hirsch, Leroy Jenkins, and Earl Howard among others. He has won grants from Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Arts Council of Rockland County (NY), the Arts Council of Michigan, the Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. He has been in residence at Music Omi and the Yale Summer School of Music and Art. His writings are published in John Zorn’s “Arcana VI” and Georg Graewe’s “grubenklang : reloaded.” In 2010 he was nominated for an Alpert Award. For more information, scores, writings, and recordings, see

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2016-12-15

I was first exposed to jazz at age eleven when I bought my first LP, with my own money, because I liked the picture on the cover. It was Work! by Thelonious Monk, with Sonny Rollins, on Prestige. I've never gotten over it.

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