June Spootings in the Pacific Northwest!


SATURDAY, JUNE 3 ~ 6-8pm

CORREO AEREO Trio @ Finn River Cidery, Chimacum WA

Abel Rocha: Venezuelan harp, guitar, cuatro, glass, voice / Madeleine Sosin: violín, bombo, maracas, percussion / Amy Denio: accordion, clarinet, guitar, voice


SUNDAY, JUNE 4 ~ 2-4pm

HELL’S BELLOWS! Accordion Quartet @ Genesee Park, Seattle WA

Marchette DuBois / Scott Adams / Eli Kaufman / Amy Denio: accordion, voice

Seattle Composers Alliance SPARKS series, sponsored in part by the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation




SUNDAY, JUNE 18 ~ 8pm

SAWT OUT featuring Mazen Kerbaj (Beirut)

An evening of sound exploration from masters of improvisation!

@ Royal Room, Columbia City (Seattle)

Presented by Royal Room and Spoot Music

Seattle Composers Alliance SPARKS SERIES


The Seattle Composers Alliance’s SPARKS summer series features four family-friendly, free
concerts in Seattle Parks! SPARKS is supported by Seattle Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

Four elemental ensembles will perform a mix of their traditional repertoire and jury-selected
new music composed by members of the Seattle Composers Alliance.
Submit scores to board@seattlecomposers.org.

Sunday June 4, 2023 @ 2pm
HELL’S BELLOWS! (Accordion trio)
Marchette Dubois / Scott Adams / Amy Denio
Genessee Park, Seattle
Score submission deadline: Saturday, May 20.

Sunday August 6, 2023 @ 2pm
Ravenna Park, Seattle
Eleni Govetas / Bobby Gobetas / Mik Bewsky / Niko Sophia
Score submission deadline: Saturday, July 15.

Sunday September 3 @ 2pm
AMA TRIO (Denio/Correo Aereo)
Aki Beach, Seattle
Abel Rocha / Madeleine Sosin / Amy Denio
Score submission deadline: Saturday, August 20.

Sunday October 1 @ 2pm
Gasworks Park, Seattle
Score submission deadline: Saturday, September 17

House of the Wayward Girls

On Saturday 20 May I’ll be accompanying veteran butoh master Joan Laage at the Chapel Performance Space in the Good Shepherd Center . Please join us.

This evening, directed by Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh and composer Amy Denio, and co-created with the performers, celebrates the wayward girls who lived in the Good Shepherd Center, their lives real and imaginary. 

While attending a performance at the Chapel, which we do frequently, my husband exclaimed, “the house of the pregnant girls,” and I suddenly decided to create a piece inspired by the center’s history and occupants. The Sisters of the Good Shepherd order started in France, spread to the US and in 1890, a train brought five nuns through the forest and mountains to Seattle. The center provided shelter, education, and guidance to young girls so they could become caring, responsible, and moral young women. An emphasis on morality was most likely strongly linked to sexuality. Today’s increasing restrictions on sex education coupled with the denial of fluid gender identity are also burdened by what might be called the “moral imperative.” There is great political pressure on women concerning their rights as sexual beings, potential mothers, etc., with the self-determination of women’s bodies being eroded.  

~ Choreographer/Director/Dancer Joan Laage

Amy Denio: voice, clarinet, accordion
Randy Shay: guitar, piano
Greg Campbell: French horn, percussion
Joey Largent: accordion
Sheri Brown & Robyn Bjornson: butoh dance



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 🙂

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.


HÍSW̱ḴE 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 dicembreBoogie 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!

• 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!  

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

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

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

• Sat. 10/15: (D) NORTHEIM (20:00)

• Sun. 10/16: (D) POHRSDORF bei Tharandt bei Dresden: Saxstall, (15.00)

• Mon 11/17: (I) UDINEMISSKAPPA (20.00)

• Tues. 10/18: (D) LANDSHUTZentrale (20.00)

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

• Thur. 10/20: (A) SALZBURGJazzit (20:00)

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