Enjoyed my wild spin through the dark days of winter here in the NW ~ but thankfully the light is brightening once again.
- My magnificent opus for 22-piece orchestra, Truth is Up For Grabs is out on Spoot Music! Listen here! Want a download for review? Please write me at amydenio [at] gmail [dot] com.
- In 6 days (totaling a death-defying 60 hours) the Tiptons Sax Quartet recorded and mixed 11 new compositions and two improvisations at Studio Litho for our newest album Wabi Sabi! It’ll be ready in time for our tour in Europe in March! I’m really pleased with my deconstructed Yodeling song Moadl Joadl, along with my sexy Latin number El Gran Orinador, plus a dynamic arrangement of my Balkan sendup Root Dance.
- I composed and produced a new commission by KINO LORBER to compose an original soundtrack to THE STRIKE (Alice Guy Blachet, 1912), a fabulous workers-of-the-world-unite silent film. Look for it on a forthcoming DVD compilation!
TIPTONS EUROPEAN TOUR!
- 3/1-2/02 D – Dresden Music Workshop
- 3/3. D-Jena, Cafe Wagner 8 PM
- 3/4 D-Pohrsdorf bei Tharandt, Saxstall 8 PM
- 3/5 D-Chemnitz, Café des Weltecho im Haus “Kammer der Technik” 8 PM
- 3/7 A – Villach, Jazz Workshop, School of Music 10 AM – 4 PM
- 3/7. SLO-Kranj Trainstation Subart 8 PM
- 3/8 I-Orsaria, Premariacco,UD Teatr’Orsaria 8 PM
- 3/10 Hechingen, Villa Eugenia 7 PM
- 3/12 D- München House Concert Privat
- 3/13 A-Salzburg Jazzit 8 PM
- 3/14 I – Schio Centro Stabile della Cultura 8 PM
THE TIPTONS SAX QUARTET
Many thanks to everyone for your ongoing support,
and especially for your recent contributions during
our fundraising campaign. It worked!
Our 14th album WABI-SABI
is on the way. CD & LP & streaming.
These days we’re honing our diverse & gorgeous
new compositions fulltime, it’s taking shape.
We’ll play some concerts in the Northwest, then record the
new stuff with my beloved engineer Floyd at Studio Litho.
The new music is infused with Funk, Second Line, Bebop,
Samba & other Latin beats, deconstructed Yodeling,
Balkan horn choirs, and a good dose of Humor… Influenced
by numbers, encounters, visions, and the sonic experience of
driving on the Deutsche Autobahn.
We’re celebrating 31 years of music making and touring together.
Please join us for
TIPTONS SAX QUARTET NORTHWEST TOUR!
Mon 6 Jan, 8pm
OLYMPIA @ Rhythm & Rye
We’ll play 2 sets!
Fri 10 Jan, 7:30
SEATTLE @ Royal Room
We’ll play 2 sets!
Love to all,
Days are getting darker, and I’m enjoying playing with Correo Aereo, attending Pat Graney Dance company rehearsals, and mixing the recording of my 10-movement composition for chamber orchestra at Avast Studios. I’m also recording with Annie O’Neill, playing in balafon master Nabi Camara’s band, and spending more quiet time with my cat Shorty ~ and writing grants to help fund future projects. I’ve just applied to the American Academy in Rome (again!), and am working on a few other composition grant applications.
Also, I started dancing once a week, and feel infinitely happier because of it!
I’ve just finished composing more gorgeous music for my 21-piece chamber ensemble Orkestar Istina (Truth Orchestra) to perform at the Chapel Performance Space in the Good Shepherd Center on Fri & Sat October 11 & 12, 8pm. Open to all ages, 4 and up.
Artwork by Anne Marie Grgich
My musical musical suite is inspired by current events, the political economy of war, and by poems written by Pablo Neruda. Video artist James Drage has created beautiful moving images for each section.
The instrumentation includes strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussionists from Kurdistan and Mexico, beautiful world music colors. The ensemble will be conducted by Mike Jauregui.
This performance is sponsored by the Seattle Composers Alliance, and made possible in part by funding from The Office of Arts and Culture, and 4 Culture.
Suggested donation $5 – $25.
Contact me for further information.
Here’s more good news:
- After 6 months of breast cancer analysis and treatment, I am cancer free!
- 4Culture has awarded me a grant to compose and present music for a gifted 15-person chamber ensemble called Ancient Future! The premiere will occur in November, 2017 at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle. The evening will be entitled ‘Truth Is Up For Grabs’; the pieces are inspired by contemporary events.
- A crew of 25 people under the direction of Wilson Milam premiered the first act of The Nikola Tesla Projekt: The Light at On The Boards’ Northwest New Works festival last weekend. Composed and written by Kultur Shock singer Srdjan ‘Gino’ Jevdjevic, it went splendidly. Performers included members of Kultur Shock, Dunava (Balkan women’s choir), a brass band, Zeus, Prometheus, and the Tesla family, not to mention the village women, and the first sighting of Thomas Edison… We’ll keep you posted as we continue work on this beautiful piece!
- Recently spent the day at Robert Lang’s beautiful studio, improvising with an international group of musicians organized by Steve Ball. A gigantic pleasure!
Fri/Sat 23/24 June: World premiere of ‘Great Again‘ @ Broadway Performance Hall, 8pm Choreographed by dance collective ‘Never Formerly Known As Anything’; soundtrack by Denio.
Sat 1 July: Annie O’Neill (soul singer/guitarist) & Amy Denio (bass) @ Whiskey West
Weds 19 July: Kultur Shock @ Maymunarnika, Sofia Bulgaria
Thurs 20 July: Kultur Shock @ Kavala Festival, Kavala Greece
Friday 21 July: Kultur Shock @ Plovdiv festival, Plovdiv Bulgaria
Here’s a work in progress that I recorded on the Croatian brač last weekend, after finishing my brutal radiation regime. My gifted poet friend might add his magic, I’ll keep you posted.
The portrait I chose for this song was created by Gretchen Armstrong in December, 1990 when we were sharing a bottle of wine at her house in Seattle in the deep winter.
Friday 26 June: SEATTLE. Thollem McDonas / Lori Goldston / Amy Denio @ NW Film Forum. Info.
Saturday 27 June: SEATTLE. Correo Aereo @ FOLKLIFE, Seattle Center. 3:50pm, Fisher Green Stage.
Saturday 3 June: SEATTLE. Ama Trio/Correo Aereo @ C&P Coffehouse. 7pm.
Monday 5 June: SEATTLE. Singing in the Rain Family Choir @ Brightwater Waldorf School. I’ll be playing songs on electric guitar in a killer band accompanying an all ages choir singing very timely pop songs.
Sat/Sun 10-11 June: SEATTLE. The Tesla Projekt: LIGHT @ On The Boards, 8pm
My prescribed course of radiation (definitely brutal!) finished yesterday, after 5 days a week for 4 weeks. Discomfort is starting to ebb, hurrah. Now back to composing new works for my next album, and playing locally in the Seattle area. Please join me!
Fri 5/26: SEATTLE ~ Thollem McDonas + Lori Goldstein + AD @ NW Film Forum, 8pm
Sat 5/27: SEATTLE ~ Correo Aereo + AD @ FOLKLIFE, 3:50pm (Fisher Green Stage)
Sat/Sun 6/10-11: SEATTLE ~ The Tesla Projekt: LIGHT @ On The Boards, 8pm
In November, 2016 a routine MRI revealed a garden of earthly delights in my breasts which prompted biopsies, leading to the discovery of a 1cm non-aggressive carcinoma passively lurking in my left breast. I named it Donald. On January 23, 2017 Donald was extaordinarily renditioned (successfully, with clean margins) to a Black Site & held for interrogation by specialists. Good riddance, Donald!
Thankfully no chemo was prescribed, just radiation. Not a fan of western intervention, I dutifully met the radiation oncologist, but didn’t like her or the idea or the hospital, so I said no thanks. Instead I spent March touring with my beloved Tiptons Sax Quartet, presenting two fabulous new recordings, COOKBOOK as well as the very special WE LOVE TO MEET AGAIN, a live recording of our ongoing collaboration with the 30-voice Michaelbeuern Stiftschor, in the Michaelbeuern Benedictine Abbey in Austria.
Upon my return, I found a different radiation oncologist & closer location, so for the last month have been receiving short beamings daily, Monday through Friday. I have the weekend ahead of me, and my final 3 treatments after that. I got to know a gracious lady going through the same ‘treatment’, and we became fast friends right away. Last Friday she grabbed me and kissed me on the cheek, exclaiming ‘Happy Friday! Now we have two days off!’. I smiled at her kindness all weekend. Her name is Cookie. We are ‘zap sisters’, and laugh together easily. She inspired me to make a piece for her, inspired by Zap Mama. There are 19 vocal tracks. Enjoy!
Took a spectacular sunset walk after a week of driving twice daily through rush hour traffic.
First there was the red bunny, leading me towards the sunset just past our house.
Then a perfect clanging bell. Must…record…
Soon after that I passed a very drunken guy & another guy out cold; the drunk one told me the other had been beat up, and a hundred meters later I passed a clenched up guy muttering ‘it doesn’t matter’. I figured he might be a mate in the match.
At the corner store I picked up some bottles of water. I try not to buy plastic, but this was an emergency.
Started walking back, and the mysterious Saba’s salon was still open, filled to the brim with stupendous stone and glass sculptures and fine drawings. He was in there, grinding away on stone with a mask on. Since we’re neighbors, I finally introduced myself. Saba’s from Iraq, part Kurdish. ‘Touch the sculptures’ he said. I touched basalt & marble, and looked around. Really fine work! He’s a stone master. Told him of my heartbreak about Iraq since 2003, and of tonight’s mission to return to my own particular war zone with water to aid the downfallen. I continued on.
The same prone guy now had his head in the middle of the bike path, dangerous new position and still down for the count. I touched his neck, at least he had a pulse. I gently touched him and talked to him and he didn’t respond, so I poured water over his lips. Slowly he came to, hungry as fuck. I had no food, just water… After a while he raised his head, and stared blearily and confusedly at me. Who is this? Finally he sat up and moved to the side of the bike path, a little better out of danger.
I continued my walk home, big fat moon on the rise blasting me when I rounded the corner.
All kinds of parallel universes in the course of 30 minutes.
I love Seattle.