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Amy E. Denio

Denio (rhymes with ‘Ohio’ or ‘gennaio’) is a multi- instrumentalist composer and singer based in Seattle, WA. Home-taper since the Dark Ages of Analogue, she started her label Spoot Music in 1986, with the release of her first cassette, ‘No Bones.’ Since then, she’s recorded & released over 60 cassettes, LPs and CDs created solo and with an array of international musicians. Her parents played jazz semi-professionally, and she grew up in a musical household. She was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2015.

An award-winning composer, she has been creating & producing soundscores for dance, theater and film since 1983. She has received commissions to compose and produce soundscores for Berkeley Symphony, Italian National Radio, New York Festival of Song, Die Knodel, Victoria Marks, Pat Graney Dance Company, Relache Ensemble, Run/Remain Ensemble, Jeff Bickford, UMO Ensemble, veteran clown Lorenzo Pickle, and many other inspired artists. She's created soundscores for 6 of visionary choreographer Pat Graney's works. She has also collaborated for years with David Dorfman Dance, receiving a NYC Bessie Award for Composition for her soundtrack to Dorfman’s piece 'Sky Down.' In 2000 she created a a live soundtrack for ‘To Lie Tenderly’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music ‘Next Wave’ series. She has received grants and fellowships from SouthArts Jazz Roads, NEA, Meet The Composer, Civitella Ranieri, Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, Washington State Arts Commission, Arts Link, Pew Charitable Trust, Artist Trust, Arts International, and from various philanthropists.

She has toured solo and has played with various groups and musicians such as her all-women sax quartet (1988-present) the Tiptons Sax Quartet, Kultur Shock (1999-present), Correo Aereo (2002-present) as well as Francisco Lopez, Danny Barnes, Relache Ensemble, Curlew, Fred Frith, Tone Dogs, Matt Cameron, Bill Frisell, Chris Cutler, Guy Klucevsek, Pauline Oliveros, Pale Nudes, Danubians, Hoppy Kamiyama, Ronin, Il Parto delle Nuvole Pesanti. She has improvised with Reggie Watts and Chuck D's Fine Arts Militia.

Her collaborative efforts have been seen and heard at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Opera House, Detroit Institute of Art, Venice Biennale, Roman Theater Trieste, and on top of 3 Metro Busses in Seattle. She has performed at clubs, schools, prisons and squats throughout Europe and North America, and at jazz festivals such as Moers, North Sea, Earshot, Clifford Brown, Coleman Hawkins, Dusseldorf Jazz Rally, and at other festivals in Sicily, Sardinia, Bombay, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Tokyo and Hong Kong.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Strange Flower

DMH Records
2011

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Tutto Bene - Canzoni...

Magic City Music
2010

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Tasogare

Magic City Music
2005

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Tattoo

Magic City Music
2000

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No Elevators

Magic City Music
1988

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Never Too Old To Pop...

Magic City Music
1988

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