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Accordion, Electric Bass, Clarinet, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting, Voice
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Amy Denio (rhymes with 'Ohio') is an award-winning Seattle-based singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, record producer and recording engineer. She founded Spoot Music, her record label and publishing company in 1986. Since then she's composed, recorded and produced more than 600 compositions, and has released dozens of solo and collaborative recordings on Spoot Music and other record labels from America and Europe.
She has been part of the Seattle Drum School family since 2017. Principally a self-taught musician (her parents both played jazz bass), she teaches voice, accordion, alto sax, clarinet, electric guitar, bass, found sound, and theremin. She teaches creative music workshops in universities, youth and art centers and prisons.
Since 1988 she has collaborated with international musicians throughout East & West Europe and North America, as well as in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina.
Her all-women group The Tiptons Sax Quartet (1988-present) released their 14th album Wabi Sabi, and will soon release the soundtrack to Mujer o Bruja, their multimedia performance looking at the history of the role of women in culture from paleolithic times to the present day. They are touring the West Coast in February/March, 2023.
She has recorded and toured with Kultur Shock since 1999-present, and has played with Latin American group Correo Aereo from 2005. She often collaborates with the improvising rock band The Bats of Ballard (2016-present).
As a composer and audio engineer, Denio is regularly commissioned to score music for film, dance, theater, television, radio, as well as sound installations.
She is currently developing the soundtrack for Pat Graney Dance Company's new work 'Attic' (On The Boards, June, 2021), and has received funding to develop and compose 'Mujer o Bruja?' with the Tiptons Sax Quartet in collaboration with Correo Aereo (Chapel Performance Space, October, 2021). Her interactive public 'Sonic Bench' is now on permanent exhibit on Vashon Island, Washington.
In 2015, Denio was voted into Earshot Jazz's 'Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame'. She has received the Paul Goode Artist Trust Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Seattle Arts Commission and Civitella Ranieri, a 15th century castle in Italy.