2/24 INDIANOLA WA ~ The Goat (7:30)

2/25 CHIMACUM WA ~ Finn River Cidery (5:30-7:30)

2/26 CENTRALIA WA ~ The Juice Box (7:30)

3/1 PALO ALTO CA ~ Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium (8pm)

3/2 CHICO CA ~ The Butte Bible Fellowship w/ the Chico Swing Band (7PM)

3/3-4 ARCATA CA ~ The Arcata Playhouse (8pm)

~ RICHLAND WA ~ Emerald of Siam (Two seatings: 6pm / 8pm)
TIX: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/the-tiptons-sax-quartet…
FB Event invite: https://fb.me/e/3gReWwABo

3/9 EUGENE OR ~ Jazz Station (7:30pm)

3/10 CORVALLIS OR ~ OSU Lunchtime Music a la Carte, Memorial Union Lounge (12:00 pm)

3/10 ASTORIA OR ~ KALA (7:30pm)`

3/11 SEATTLE WA ~ Royal Room (7:30pm)

3/12 PORTLAND OR ~ Al’s Den (McMenamin’s) (doors at 6 / 7-9pm)

On February 2nd, Kultur Shock will play in the Global Rhythms series at Town Hall. We’re preparing a very special unplugged / acoustic show, something we have not done in several decades ūüôā

The word is it will be webcast live, details coming. With Darek Mazzone being our gracious host.

Out with a Bang

Just composed my new creation for string quartet. Diabolical Thing is based on a simple melody I co-wrote with my 9-year old piano student Simon Englehardt. It’s always fun creating music with him. Our piece will premiere on Thursday, February 16 at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford for the next Seattle Composers Alliance Live Sessions.

Thanks to the folks supporting my projects on Patreon and my music on Bandcamp, I recently invested in a nice MacBookPro to start making short videos again. It was like getting on a bicycle after a long hiatus. I was enthralled, and would laugh hysterically.

The first short film, Hansville with Grits is made with love for my fiance. A year ago we moved into a rustic twin peak chalet on the edge of a wildlife sanctuary in north Kitsap Peninsula. It’s what we both needed.


H√ćSWŐĪŠłīE SIAM (pronounced HAISH-ka see-EM) is a respectful Coastal Salish greeting. I made it with reverence for all of the ancestors, on whose dust we walk.

All Roads lead to Rome!!

My fiancé Gritspapi took this photo after we finished the epic David Bowie tribute night SMASH-Seattle benefit at the Moore Theater on November 20, 2022. https://www.smashseattle.org/.

This week I’m preparing for next week’s trip to play music in Rome, Italy!

I will play a concert or two, teach a fantastic vocal workshop called IMPROVOKALL and also record on and produce the third album by chamber jazz sextet OU!

DENIO A ROMA dal 1-9 dicembre

3 dicembre: Boogie Club
con Adriano Lanzi (chitarra) e Roberto Fega (suoni)

4 dicembre: IMPROVOKALL! 
Vi invito a partecipare nel mio laboratorio!
Esplora e impara modi per rafforzare la voce ed espandere le gamme di espressione andare oltre i limit personali come improvvisatore.
Da je! Cantiamo! 

Poi la cOUrte reale si riunirà! Gli OU mi hanno chiesto a produrre la loro terza registrazione per FOLDEROL Records a Roma. 

La cOUrte:
la Rex (Ersilia Prosperi: tromba, flicorno, ukulele, voce)
la Regina (Amy Denio: sassofono, clarinetto, voce, produzione)
il Marchese (Andrea Pesce: pianoforte, tastiere voce)
il Principe (Claudio Mosconi: basso, voce)
il Principe Illegittimo (Cristiano DeFabritiis: batteria, voce)
Valeria Sturba (violino,  theremin e voce) e altre amate cortigiane.

Non vedo l’ora di scolpire i suoni delle composizioni¬†ribelli della mia compositrice preferita¬†Ersilia Prosperi!¬†


Tiptons Sax Quartet in Europe!

It’s been a while since our last European tour was so rudely cut short by a certain crowned virus! We are looking forward to presenting the fabulous material from our newest album WABI SABI, and also collaborating once again with the fabulous 30-voice choir in the Michaelbeuern Benedictine Abbey!

‚ÄĘ Sun. 10/9: (A)¬†Michaelbeuren Benedictine Abbey¬†Choir¬†(19.00)

For our third collaboration with the Stiftschor,¬†I have arranged my compositions¬†I Will Be Sad¬†(with Latin words, now entitled¬†Pacem Veniet)¬†and¬†El Gran Orinador¬†as well as the traditional spiritual¬†By An’ By.¬†The Tiptons and the¬†30-voice Stiftschor will perform in the beautiful Abbey. Dress warmly!¬†¬†

‚ÄĘ Tues. 10/11: (I) MONTISI: Sala Cinema SPARM (21.30)

‚ÄĘ Weds. 10/12: (I) BOLOGNABinario 69 (19.00)

‚ÄĘ Thurs. 10/13: (I) BOLOGNA: Festa cogli amici nella campagna!

‚ÄĘ Sat. 10/15: (D) NORTHEIM (20:00)

‚Äʬ†Sun. 10/16: (D) POHRSDORF¬†bei Tharandt bei Dresden: Saxstall, (15.00)

‚ÄĘ Mon 11/17: (I) UDINEMISSKAPPA (20.00)

‚ÄĘ Tues. 10/18: (D) LANDSHUTZentrale (20.00)

‚ÄĘ Wed. 10/19: (A) VILLACH: School of Music

‚ÄĘ Thur. 10/20: (A) SALZBURGJazzit (20:00)

‚ÄĘ Fri. 10/21: (A) LINZStadtpfarre Urfahr20:00

Overwhelming Positivity Tour!

Kultur Shock met up to prepare for our summer tour in Sofia Bulgaria yesterday. After a day-long rehearsal, our bassist Guy suggested that we rename the tour as the Overwhelming Positivity Tour. And so it is!

Our friend Tico made this poster a while back, and though some of the dates and places have changed (see the previous post), we ADORE the graphic ~ as always. Genius!


We’re baaack in action ~ Kultur Shock is meeting in Sofia Bulgaria in a few days to rehearse with brother Oggi Kiossovski on drums and Darko Sarańćevińá on the mixing console. Then we’ll hit the road with due fervor.

There are still some concerts to be confirmed, but this is what we know for now!

02.07.22.N. MacedoniaStari DojranDFestival
03.07.22.BulgariaSofia airport parkHills of Rock Sofia edition
06.07.22.CroatiaViroviticaHorn Pub
07.07.22.AustriaViennaCoco Bar
08.07.22.Czech RepublicPardubiceThe Factory Bar
09.07.22.NetherlandsWormerveerDe Groote Weiver zomerfeest
10.07.22.GermanyMunichImport Export
13.07.22.CroatiaZagrebVintage Industrial Bar
14.07.22.Bosnia-HrzStolacIskre Buduńánosti fest
16.07.22.SerbiaBelgradeZappa Barka
20.07.22.SloveniaLjubljanaChannel Zero
23.07.22.CroatiaSinjSARS festival

Sat May 28: Kultur Shock & Orkestar Zirkonium @ Tractor Tavern

I’ve have had the honor to sing with Gino Jevdjevic in Kultur Shock since 1999. I love playing sax, clarinet, guitar, bouzouki, frula, theremin ~ and now zourna!

We play an inimitable mix of Balkan folk/metal/punk/trance/prog. Our concerts are unforgettable ~ we sail through our crazy concerts with our hearts and souls ~ sometimes body surfing, often accompanied by everyone singing along, and love circulates like magic.

After a long dark winter, we’re playing at Tractor Tavern in late May, then touring in Europe/Balkans in July!

, and is back in action, playing at Tractor Tavern in late May, then touring in Europe/Balkans in July!

Get your tickets, people!

The Seattle Sound

Now available!

My fabulous sound score THE SEATTLE SOUND was commissioned by Italian National Radio in 1994!

Pino Saulo created a series for his program Battiti, asking composers from around the world to create a 15-minute radio play based on the place where they lived.

I walked around Seattle and made a variety of field recording. Then created and recorded chamber music on my instrumentarium to weave everything together.


I took this photograph after dark in the rest room at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.