Denio (rhymes with ‘Ohio’) is an internationally recognized composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, singer, music transcriber, teacher and improviser. In 2015 she was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame by Earshot Jazz.
She's honored to serve as Vice President on the board of Seattle Composers Alliance.
Her main instruments are voice, alto saxophone, clarinet, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, and theremin.
For 30 years, she has collaborated with artists on 5 continents.
In 2018 Seattle Theater Group commissioned Denio to score new music for 12 instruments for the 1925 German film Variete, which premiered in February 2019 at the beautiful Paramount Theater in Seattle.
Also in 2018 she composed, recorded and produced the soundtrack for the 1921 silent film 'The Daughter of the Law' by Grace Cunard, commissioned by Kino Lorber film distributors, which is included in Kino Lorber's boxed set 'Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers'. In 2000 she scored 'The Naked Proof' by Jamie Hook. She created soundtracks for both of Thomas Edwards' award-winning animated films.
Denio will present her chamber work 'Truth Is Up For Grabs' at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle in October, 2019, her score for 22 instruments and projected video created by collaborator James Drage, funded in part by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
In 2019 she produced her 11th solo recording, 'Solar System'. In 2018 she released 'The Big Embrace' for her record label Spoot Music, and also created an evening of music for 20-piece orchestra entitled 'Truth Is Up For Grabs', which was funded in part by 4Culture.
Denio created and produced the soundtrack for choreographer Pat Graney's piece 'Girl Gods', which was awarded two NYC Bessie Awards at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in October 2016, including one for Best Overall Production.
Denio co-founded The Tiptons Sax Quartet and Drums (1988-present).
She has recorded many CDs and videos with Bosnian metal/punk/folk group Kultur Shock since 1999. They've toured internationally since 2002.
From 2006-2009 she composed for, recorded and toured with Austrian trio Die Resonanz Stanonczi.
She co-founded Ama Trio with Correo Aereo in 2004.
You can hear Denio's limpid voice as featured vocalist on A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993) and with The Science Group in 1999.
Denio has toured solo and has collaborated and recorded with various groups and musicians such as Matt Cameron, Bill Frisell, Chris Cutler, Guy Klucevsek, Pauline Oliveros, Tarik Abouzied, Francisco Lopez, Danny Barnes, the Relache Ensemble, Faust, Fred Frith, Hoppy Kamiyama, KMFDM, Il Parto delle Nuvole Pesanti, and Ronin. She played alto sax in the horn section of Chuck D's Fine Arts Militia at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.
FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
Denio has been awarded Fellowships from Artist Trust (Seattle, Westport Ireland) Seattle Arts Commission (Seattle) and Civitella Ranieri (Umbertide Italy). She was Rosencranz Artist In Residence at Mills College in Oakland, CA. In 2006-2007 the Dream Community in Taipei Taiwan commissioned Denio to arrange and produce a recording of Taiwanese indigenous and pop music with Samba rhythms, performed by 25 teenagers from the Amis Tribe who played samba drums particularly well. She entitled it Naruwan: Brazil meets Taiwan.
Denio loves making documentary films about her adventures and voyages.
Check out the Deniaural Youtube Channel
President of The Tiptons Sax Quartet and Drums, LLC
Vice President of Seattle Composers Alliance
Board member Kultur Shock, LLC
Selected Denio Commissions and Projects:
2017 Amy Denio: Truth is Up For Grabs
~ compose, rehearse and produce an evening of music for 20-piece orchestra; Premiere @ the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle.
2016 Pat Graney Dance Company: GIRL GODS
~ Denio composed and produced the soundtrack. Girl Gods received 2 NYC Bessie Awards in October, 2016, one for overall production.
2013-2015 Tiptons Sax Quartet: Mythunderstandings
~ Produced by Denio, a collaboration between her Tiptons Sax Quartet, Salish master musician Paul 'Che oke ten' Wagner, film maker Adam Sekuler, and directed by Lisa Halpern.
2010 Dan Hurlin and Dan Froot: Who's Hungry? Santa Monica
(funded by Meet the Composer)
2009 Sonic Bench
~ Denio's interactive public art on permanent exhibit at the Vashon Island Parks Department (Funded by Seattle Arts Commission and 4Culture)
2006 The Tiptons Sax Quartet and Drums: House of Wild Dreams
~ a collaboration between artist Danijel Zezelj, film maker Aric Mayer and the Tiptons (Funded by Seattle Arts Commission)
1999 The Danubians
~ a collaboration with Csaba Hajnoczy, Gabi Kenderesi, Pavel Fajt and AD, produced in Budapest, Hungary (funded by Arts Link/CEC International Partners)
1997 False Prophets or Dang Good Guessers
~ A collaboration with the Shaking Ray Levi Society, Jessica Lurie and AD (funded by King County Arts Commission)
1996 Pollo d'Oro
~ A collaboration with Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet and Ne Zhdali. Produced in Tallinn, Estonia (funded by Arts Link/CEC International Partners)
1992 Pat Graney Dance Company: Saxhouse
~ Performed by her all-women group The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (funded by National Endowment For the Arts)
Denio has received additional support from Washington State Arts Commission, Pew Charitable Trust, Arts International, as well as composition commissions from various philanthropists.
Other commissions include creating and producing compositions and recordings for Italian National Radio, the Berkeley Symphony, The New York Festival of Song, Relache Ensemble, the Austrian chamber octet Die Knodel, choreographers Victoria Marks, Aiko Kinoshita, Li Chiao-Ping, Cheronne Wong and Carla Barragan; multi-media performance group Run/Remain Ensemble, UMO Ensemble, The Cabiri, and choreographer/actor/clown Lorenzo Pickle.
Home-taper since the Dark Ages of Analog, she started her label and publishing company Spoot Music in 1986, with the release of her first cassette, No Bones. Since then, she has recorded & released over 50 cassettes, LPs, CDs and short videos, created solo and with an array of international musicians.
Since 1994 Denio has been teaching workshops on composition, improvisation, conduction, and extended vocal and instrumental technique throughout the United States and Europe.
She teaches private lessons for voice, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, bass, and guitar.
Though mainly self-taught, (both her parents played jazz contrabass) Denio was sponsored by Jazz India to study voice in Mumbai (Bombay) in 1997 with Dhanashree Pandit Rai. During that time, she played with 'George and the Soft Rock Revolution' at the Oberoi Hotel.
Denio has composed and produced scores for dozens of modern dance,
theater and film projects featured at Carnegie Hall, The American Museum of the Moving Image, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Orange Show (Houston TX), Detroit Institute of Art, the Roman Theater (Trieste Italy), Venice Biennale (Italy), Jazz Yatra (Mumbai, India), and on top of 3 Metro Buses in Seattle.
1971. Denio's 5th grade class learned about ancient Greece from Mrs. Rice all year long. Her parents made sacrifices so that she could travel for three weeks with her 10-year old classmates in Greece, the islands and along the Turkish coast during spring break.
1977. Dublin Ireland from September - December, going to the Rathdown School and wearing a uniform. Application accepted by the Experiment in International Living.
1985. Denio drove the biggest U-Haul truck possible from the East Coast to Seattle, arriving sight unseen. And everything opened up.
Since then she has collaborated with other artists throughout the world, touring quite often, playing in festivals, squats, churches, schools, prisons, ruins and one abandoned mercury mine. For more than 30 years Denio has presented her work in the far reaches of East & West Europe and North America, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina.
In 2015 Denio was certified as a Master of Reiki, the Japanese relaxation technique.
On September 3, 2016 her Balkan 'Gypsy Core' ensemble Kultur Shock was the featured group at the Nilüfer Festival in Bursa Turkey, performing for more than 25,000 people.