Amy Denio

1986

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/jc-mix

From my first cassette release ‘No Bones’. This is a remix of found sound. I lent my four- track to Johnny Calcagno, and when he returned it, I discovered he’d made some field recordings ~ a radio preacher and a strange synthesized loop. I simply mixed it. Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

1987

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/origins-of-phlegm

From Lao Tse & The Entropics: Spagga!
Amy Denio: bass with drumstick, voice
David Stern: keyboards & cymbal, voice
Recorded and mixed by Steve Fisk at Velvetone Studios, Ellensburg, WA Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

1988

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/plunger

From my second cassette release ‘Never Too Old To Pop A Hole’.
I was interested in exploring how my voice would change with repetition. Lane Nothman: plunger
Amy Denio: voice, toy piano
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

1990

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/carry-me-down

From Tone Dogs: Ankety Low Day
Originally released on C/Z Records, Seattle.
Fred Chalenor: basses, keyboard, noises
Amy Denio: bass, kickdrum, hi-hat, cymbal
Recorded and mixed by Drew Canulette at Dogfish Studio in Newberg OR. A cover of a song created by Amy Denio & David Stern in the Entropics.

1992

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/album/birthing-chair-blues

From Amy Denio: Birthing Chair Blues
Originally released on Knitting Factory Records, NYC
Amy Denio: guitar & slide guitar, bass, voice, drum programming Recorded and mixed by Ben Goldfarb at The Music Source, Seattle.

1993

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/da-gdye-damskaya-parikhmakirskaya

From Amy Denio: Tongues
Originally released on FOT Records, Normal Illinois
Amy Denio: voice, bass, slide bass, drum programming
Sung in Russian, inspired by a budding interest in speaking foreign languages. Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

1999

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/cervello-a-sonagli

From Die Knödel: Non Lo So, Polo
Originally released on RecRec Median, Zurich.
Amy Denio composed music for Austrian chamber octet Die Knödel and 4 singers, inspired by ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italo Calvino. She received funds from Seattle Arts Commission and King County Arts Commission to produce live concerts (conducted by Joshua Kohl) and a recording in Seattle, WA.
Alexandra Dienz: Bass / Christoph Dienz: Fagott / Julia Feigl: Geige, Gesang / Margreth Köll: Harfe / Cathi Aglibut: Bratsche, Gesang / Walter Seebacher: Bass Klarinette / Michael Öttl: Guitarre, Gesang / Andreas Lackner:, Trumpet, Gesang / Amy Denio: Accordion Singers: Amy Denio, Jeanette d’Armand, William Dean, Jenn Brandon.
Recorded and mixed at Ironwood Studios, Seattle by Floyd Reitsma;
Mastered at Hanszek Audio.

2000

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/bones

From Amy Denio: Tattoo
Originally released on Unit Circle Records, Seattle.
Pat Graney Dance Company commissioned Denio to create the soundtrack for Tattoo. Amy Denio: field recording, voice
Produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios
Inspired by Denio’s collaborations with Francisco Lopez.

2001

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/album/amy-denio-tasogare-twilight

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From Amy Denio: TASOGARE (Twilight)
Originally released on Public Eyesore Records, Seattle.
Choreographer Yoko Murao commissioned Denio to create the soundtrack to an open air performance on a steep hill, starting just as the sun dipped below the horizon, the weekend before the events of September 11, 2001.
Amy Denio: accordion, electronics, voice
Eyvind Kang: viola, electronics
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

2002

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/loop-in-5

From Amy Denio: Chickenhawks Ought Not
Released on Spoot Music, Seattle.
Amy Denio: voice and Line6 DL4 Loop/Echo
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios in Seattle, a few days before the heartbreak of the US invasion of Iraq.

2004

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/storm-no-1

From Amy Denio & Martin Hayes: Vivian Girls
Released on Spoot Music, Seattle
Pat Graney Dance Company commissioned Denio to create the soundtrack for Vivan Girls. Amy Denio: field recordings of children playing / Waste Transfer Station in Seattle. Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle
Inspired by Denio’s collaborations with Francisco Lopez.

2007

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/josue

From Amy Denio: sub-Rosa
Released on Spoot Music, Seattle
Choregrapher Cheronne Wong commissioned Denio to create the soundtrack for sub-Rosa, based on surveillance and espionage, and the short wave radio recordings found in the Conet Project.
Amy Denio: clarinet, instrument case and glockenspiel as percussion, excerpts from the Conet Project.
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

2008

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/sind

From Tiptons Sax Quartet: Laws of Motion
Released on Zipa! / Spoot Music, NYC/Seattle
Sind’ was composed by Gabriella Schiavone for the group Faraualla Transcribed and arranged by Amy Denio.
Recorded at Terrarium Studios, Minneapolis MN
Produced by the Tiptons Sax Quartet.

2012

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/album/keepsake

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Soundtrack for Christy Fisher’s multi-media art exhibit created by cancer survivors at The Cancer Alliance in Seattle.
Amy Denio: field recording of gongs performed by Dean Moore, whispering voices Recorded by Amy Denio at various locations, Composed and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

2013

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/im-glad-today-is-monday

From Amy Denio: Prodigal Light
Released on Spoot Music, Seattle
A mix of audio snippets contributed by David Greenberger, Derek Johnson, Bob Phillips, Jim McAdams, Francisco Lopez, Don Campau, McBett and Nick Ripley
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

2015

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/thought-balloon

One of four songs created on June 7, 2015.
Released on Spoot Music, Seattle.
4 tracks of pink balloon, voices, hand clap solo
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

2017

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/no-games

From ICS 20170201
Released on Spoot Music, Seattle.
Amy Denio: bass, guitars, voices, a cardboard box from her father, field recording of DT’s voice addressing the C.I.A.
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

2018

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/escape-towards-love

From ‘A Daughter of the Law’, commissioned by KINO LORBER film distributors for ‘Women Pioneers: Early Cinema’
Released on Spoot Music, Seattle.
Music for Grace Cunard’s silent film of 1921.

Amy Denio: slide baritone guitar, glockenspiel, bass guitar, alto sax, clarinet, accordion, electric guitar
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios

2019

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/petoljubac-2

From Amy Denio: Eureka
Inspired by a conversation with three women at the Srebenica Memorial in Bosnia. Released on Klanggalerie Records, Austria
Amy Denio: alto sax, voice, sample editing
Gino Jevdjevic: noise kalimba
Eveline Mueller: bowed cymbals
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

2020

https://amydenio.bandcamp.com/track/taipei-440-7

From Amy Denio: Corona Sonora
Field recordings from Taipei: Xiao Mei teaching Camphor Tree Students ‘Ho A I ye Yan’, cicadas and frogs near Cuei Lake, Long Shan Buddhist Temple on the eve of the Chinese New Year
Amy Denio: clarinet, glockenspiel
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle

2021

Amy Denio & Roberto Fega (2021) – si correva tutti dal cartolaio
To be published on Settole di Maiale
Roberto Fega: samples and electronics
Voices Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio at Spoot Studios, Seattle Words: Debora Petrini

>> AMY DENIO operates her own recording studio, record label and publishing company, Spoot Music. She is President of the all-women Tiptons Sax Quartet, Vice President of the Seattle Composers Alliance, and has been a member of Balkan group Kultur Shock since 1999. Mainly self-taught, she has developed her unique musical style by collaborating with musicians and artists worldwide.

She has a four-octave vocal range and plays guitar, bass, alto sax, clarinet and accordion. She composes for modern dance, film, theater and TV. A member of Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, she has written more than 500 works and has produced over 60 recordings solo and in collaboration with artists worldwide.

Recent productions include Denio’s work for 22-piece chamber orchestra ‘Truth is Up For Grabs” (January 2020), Tiptons Sax Quartet “WABI SABI” (April, 2021) and Denio’s 18th solo album ‘PANDEMONIUM’ (June, 2021).

Seattle Theater Group commissioned her to score the film soundtrack for a 12- piece ensemble for the silent film ‘Variete’ (Dupont, 1925) which premiered at the Paramount Theater in 2019. Film distributors KINO LORBER have commissioned her to compose and produce soundtracks for ‘A Daughter of the Law’, ‘The Strike’, and ‘Cunegonde Femme Crampon’.

Her soundtrack for to David Dorfman Dance’s piece ‘Sky Down’ received the New York City Bessie Award, Civitella Ranieri awarded her a fellowship in a 15th century Italian castle, and she received the Artist Trust Paul Goode Fellowship in Ireland. Other 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.

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 multi-media performances integrate video, painting, storytelling and live music, and include ‘Shop of Wild Dreams’ (2006) and ‘Mythunderstandings’ (2013) with the Tiptons Sax Quartet. 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.

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