Singer and multi-instrumentalist AMY DENIO (sax, clarinet, guitar, bass, accordion, keyboard) has composed and recorded 500+ works for large and small ensembles for modern dance, film, theater and for television. Mainly self-taught, she has developed her unique musical style by collaborating with musicians and artists worldwide for more than thirty years.
In 1986 she founded Spoot Music, her recording studio, record label and publishing company. President of the all-women Tiptons Sax Quartet, and Vice President of the Seattle Composers Alliance, she was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2015.
She has composed for the Berkeley Symphony, the Austrian chamber octet Die Knodel, and for her 22-piece chamber group, Orkestar Istina. Seattle Theater Group commissioned her to compose the soundtrack for the silent film ‘Variete’ (Dupont, 1925) which premiered at the Paramount Theater. Film distributors KINO LORBER have commissioned her to compose and produce soundtracks for the silent films ‘A Daughter of the Law’, ‘The Strike’, and ‘Cunegonde Femme Crampon’.
Honors include multiple awards from the Seattle Arts Commission and 4Culture, the Seattle Mayor’s Award, and funding from Washington State Arts Commission, ArtsLink, Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, and the Doris Duke Foundation. Her soundtrack for to David Dorfman Dance’s piece ‘Sky Down’ received the New York City Bessie Award.
She has played concerts and taught musical workshops in festivals, clubs, squats, prisons, churches, sanctuaries, and subways on 6 continents ~ solo and with her historic American rock trio Tone Dogs, The Tiptons Sax Quartet and drums, Balkan group Kultur Shock, and many other international projects. Her compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, from the top of Metro buses in Seattle and below Times Square in NYC. Her music has been featured on radio stations worldwide
Her new piece ‘Mujer o Bruja?’ will premiere in Seattle in 2021. This collaboration between her all-women sax quartet and Latin American duo Correo Aereo investigates Neolithic goddess culture, the emergence of patriarchal structures, and current efforts to recreate a ‘partnership’ society, with a focus on Latin American culture.