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*Amy Eliott Denio*
Spoot Music / P.O. Box 85154 / Seattle WA 98145-1154 U.S.A.
Contact: amydenio at gmail dot com.

Producer / Composer / Improviser / Collaborator / Teacher / Photographer / Film Maker / Artist

EDUCATION
Brookside / Kingswood School Cranbrook (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; 1965-1979)
Experiment In International Living (Rathdown School, Dublin, Ireland; Fall, 1977)
The Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Colorado; 1981-1982) Dean’s List
Hampshire College (Amherst, Massachusetts; 1979-1981;
1983 B.A. Music Composition, Performance and Improvisation )
Jazz India Vocal Institute (Mumbai, India; September – November 1987)
75 concert tours of Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan since 1988

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SELECTED COMMISSIONS & EXHIBITIONS
October, 2015 ‘Girl Gods’
Commission by choreographer Pat Graney
Compose sound score for modern dance piece and installation
Premiere: On The Boards, Seattle WA

June, 2015 ‘The Cabiri: EZID’
Commission by The Cabiri aerial group.
Collaborate in quartet to perform soundtrack for aerial puppet show inspired by Kurdish mythology.
Premiere: Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center, Seattle WA

June/July, 2013 ‘Constellation: Half Remembered’
Commission by UMAMI (Aiko Kinoshita and Aaron Swartzman)
Create recorded and live soundtracks for multiple site multi-media performances

December, 2012 ‘Keepsake’
Commission by choreographer Christy Fisher
Create and produce soundtrack for multi-media month-long exhibit with video and art objects.
Gongs performed by Dean Moore.
Exhibit at Cancer Lifeline, Seattle WA

June, 2012 ‘Inadvertent Hacker’
Commission by the Pacific Science Center for the ‘Luminaries’ Series.
Create and perform 10 minute piece based on field recordings, with accordion and voice.
Premiere: Town Hall, Seattle WA

January, 2012 ‘Who’s Hungry?’
Commission by & collaboration with Dan Froot & Dan Hurlin (NY/LA)
Compose live music for toy puppet theater based on personal histories
Funded by by Meet The Composer and MetLife.
Premiere: Highways Performance Center, Santa Monica CA

August, 2010 ‘Home | Bodies’
Commission by UMAMI Dance Company
Compose and produce soundtrack for multi-room installation and full-evening modern dance soundscore
Premiere: INSpace, Seattle WA

April / May, 2010 ‘Earth Day’
Commission by UMAMI Dance Company
Perform live soundscore for dance in public park
Premiere: Mill Creek Earthworks Park, Kent WA

December, 2009 ‘Bird House’
Commission by UMAMI Dance Company
Perform live soundscore for dance
Premiere: The Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, Seattle WA

May, 2009 ‘Phoenix’
Commission by aerial artist Janet McAlpin
Compose sound score for aerial act
Premiere: Vashon Performance Space, Vashon Island

December, 2008 ‘House of Mind’
Commission by choreographer Pat Graney
Compose and produce soundtrack for multi-room installation and full-evening modern dance soundscore
Premiere: Seattle City Light Building, Houston TX / Sheboygan WI

March, 2008 ‘Exiles’
Commission by choreographer and writer Holly Eckert
Compose and record music background score for musical regarding the US prison/incarceration system.
Premiere: West Seattle High School Theater, Seattle WA

September, 2007 ‘subRosa’
Commission by choreographer Cheronne Wong
Compose and produce soundtrack for multi-media dance performance.
Premiere: Langston Hughes PAC, Seattle WA / Joyce Theater Downtown, NYC

March 2007 ‘Loud Omission’
Commission by Choreographer Carla Barragan
Compose and produce soundtrack for multi-media dance performance.
Premiere: Teatro Quito Ecuador / Tacoma, WA

November, 2006 – June 2007 ‘Naruwan (Brazil meets Taiwan) CD’
Commissioned and hosted by Mr. Gordon Tsai, Dream Community (Taipei, Taiwan)
Arrange Taiwanese pop and traditional music to Brazilian Samba rhythms & produce recording
performed by young students from the Amis tribe at the Camphor Tree School in Taipei.

December 31, 2005 ‘Mutamenti’
Commission by director Paul Magid
Compose and perform soundtrack for French aerial circus Les Farfaides
Premiere: Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy (40,000 people in the piazza in the pouring rain)

June 2005 ‘Remnants’
Commission by choreographer Aiko Kinoshita
Compose and produce soundtrack for dance performance.
Premiere: Velocity Dance Theater, Seattle

January, 2004 ‘Vivian Girls’
Commission by choreographer Pat Graney
Compose and produce soundtrack for modern dance, in collaboration with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes
Premiere: The Moore Theater, Seattle; 10-city tour

October, 2003 ‘Nocturnis’
Commission by choreographer Li Chiao-Ping
Arrange Bach Cello Suite No.1 for glockenspiel, accordion and voice; perform live
Premiere: University of Wisconsin at Madison

June, 2003 ‘The Naked Proof’
Commission by film maker Jamie Hook
Compose and produce feature film soundtrack
Premiere: Seattle International Film Festival at Cinerama

January – April, 2003 ‘La Tessitura della Nonette’
Commission by inventor and sound artist Trimpin
Compose two minute piece for 9 MIDI-controlled toy pianos, included in ‘Klavier Nonette’ exhibit
Premiere: Jack Straw Gallery, Seattle

November 2002 ‘The Other One’
Commission by choreographer Aiko Kinoshita
Compose and produce soundtrack for modern dance
Premiere: Vittum Theater, Chicago, IL

October 2002 ‘Surveillance’
Commission by Victor Hugo House
Compose audio soundtrack for exhibit on Surveillance
Premiere: Victor Hugo House

October 2002 ‘White Girls’
Commission by choreographer KT Niehoff
Compose and produce soundtrack for modern dance
Premiere: Velocity Dance Theater, Seattle

Fall, 2001 ‘Synchrony in Estrus’
Commission by Thomas Edward Film Productions
Compose & produce soundtrack to stop-motion animated film.
Awarded ‘Best Undistributed Film’ by Village Voice, NYC

August, 2001 ‘TASOGARE’ (Twilight)
Commission by choreographer Yoko Murao
Compose and produce music score
Premiere: Asian Art Museum, Seattle

June, 2001 ‘CITIES’
Commission by the UMO Ensemble
Compose music for and perform in quartet for physical theatrical performance
Premiere: On The Boards, Seattle. 4 week (16-performance) run.

May, 2001 ‘Clown Clown Clown Clown Clown’
Commission by Seattle International Childrens Festival
Compose music for trio, for clownish history of shamanism
Also performed in Tacoma, WA and Hong Kong.

March, 2001 ‘Brother Fox’
Commission by New York Festival of Song
Compose piece for baritone voice and piano
Premiere: Carnegie Hall, NYC

January, 2001 ‘A Little Bit Off’
Commission by Composer/Choreographer collaborative series
Amy Denio & KT Niehoff accordions & dance collaboration
Premiere: Velocity Dance, Seattle, WA

January, 2001 ‘3 Pieces for Relache’
Commission by the Relache Ensemble
Compose and arrange music for chamber septet
Premiere: Philadelphia Museum of Art

December, 2000 ‘To Lie Tenderly’
Commission by choreographer David Dorfman
Compose and perform music scores with 5-piece band
Premiere: Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave 2000 Series

March, 2000 ‘Clown’
Commission by Seattle International Childrens Festival
Compose and perform music for clown Lorenzo Pisoni
Premiere: Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Center

January, 2000 ‘Tattoo’
Commission by choreographer Pat Graney
Compose and produce soundtrack for modern dance
Funded by Seattle Arts Commission Artists Program / Meet The Composer
Premiere: On The Boards, Seattle; 15-city tour

October, 1999 ‘Non Lo So, Polo’ and ‘Inner Music’
Commission by the Relache Ensemble
Compose and arrange music for chamber septet
Premiere: Ethical House, Philadelphia

May, 1997 ‘Pangaea’s Brood’
Commission by Thomas Edward Productions
Compose & produce soundtrack to stop-motion animated film
Premiere: Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle

May, 1996 ‘Sky Down’ (*1997 Bessie Award, NYC)
Commission by choreographer David Dorfman
Compose and produce soundtrack for modern dance
Premiere: Dance Theatre Workshop, New York City

April, 1995 ‘Green Fish Symphonette’
Commission by the Rex Foundation (California)
Compose children’s music for chamber orchestra
Premiere: St. John’s Church, Berkeley, CA

January, 1995 ‘Approaching No Calm’
Commission by choreographer David Dorfman
Compose and produce soundtrack for modern dance
Premiere: Joyce Theater, New York City

December, 1994 ‘The Seattle Sound’
Commission by RAI 3. Rebroadcast on other national radio stations
Compose and produce 15-minute composition for radio
Premiere Broadcast: Italian National Radio (RAI 3)

September 1993 ‘Tempesta: An Urban RAPsody’
Commission by One Reel / Bumbershoot Festival
Collaboration with poet Luis Rodriguez and children from El Centro de la Raza Poetry Program;
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts
Premiere: Quinault Indian Nation, Washington / Bumbershoot Festival

June, 1993 ‘Dishwasher’
Music recording curated by PS1, Queens
Included in John Cage Retrospective Exhibit, Venice Biennale, Italy
Also included on Cage/Uncaged compilation CD (Knitting Factory, NYC)

September, 1991 ‘Saxhouse’
Commission by choreographer Pat Graney
Compose for and perform in sax quartet as soundtrack for modern dance
Premiere: Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; 5-city tour

MAJOR AWARDS for SELF-PRODUCED INDIVIDUAL & COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
2013 ‘Mythunderstandings’
Funded by by 4Culture and Nonsequitur
Multimedia production with Tiptons Sax Quartet, Saanich Tribe musician and story teller Paul ‘Che oke ten’ Wagner and videographer Adam Sekuler.
Premiere at the Chapel Performance Space, Seattle WA

2008-2009-2010-2011 ‘Sonic Bench’
Funded by 4Culture, Seattle Major’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, King County Parks Department
Project Director & composer in collaboration with metal artist Kim David Hall
One-year exhibition at Seattle Center Monorail Station (December 2009 – December 2010)
Permanent Installation on Vashon Island, WA starting June, 2011.

2006 ‘Shop of Wild Dreams’ (Tiptons Sax Quartet)
Funded by Seattle Arts Commission / King County Arts Commission
Collaborative performance with video, music for Tiptons Sax Quartet, and live painting
Premiere: CONWORKS, Seattle WA

2006 ‘Golden Ear Award’ (Tiptons Sax Quartet)
Awarded by Earshot Jazz, Seattle WA.

2004 ‘Best World Music Band’ (Kultur Shock)
Awarded by Seattle Weekly magazine

June 2002 ‘Against Ending’
Funded by Seattle Arts Commission Artists Program / King County Arts Commission
Compose music for choreographer Victoria Marks and produce Seattle performance
Premere: Bradley Theater, Los Angeles, California

1998 ‘Non Lo So, Polo’
Funded by King County Arts Commission / Seattle Arts Commission Artists Program
Compose music, provide residency, produce concerts and CD for Austrian chamber octet Die Knodel
Premiere: Nippon Kan Theater, Seattle.

1997 Bessie Award for Composition ‘Sky Down’
Prestigious New York City Dance and Performance Award
for soundtrack for dance piece Commission by David Dorfman Company

1996 ‘Non Lo So, Polo’
Funded by Artist Trust Artist Fellowship / Seattle Arts Commission Artists Program
Compose song cycle about Marco Polo & Kublai Khan for the Young Composers Collective, conducted by Joshua Kohl.
Premiere: Nippon Kan Theater, Seattle

1995 ‘False Prophets or Just Dang Good Guessers’
Funded by King County Arts Commission
Collaborate with Shaking Ray Levi Society and Jessica Lurie;
Premiere: On The Boards, Seattle; performed at The Orange Show, Houston TX

1994-1995 ‘BTMSQ: Music To Dance To’
Funded by Washington State Cultural Enrichment Program
20 concerts in schools statewide with BTMSQ & dancers featuring international music & dance

1992 ‘BTMSQ: Bus Horn Concerto / Hurry Up And Wait’
Funded by Seattle METRO Artists Regional Transportation Project
Compose and perform sax quartet with 3 city busses / Composer sax quartet with rapper Shomari Shanks
Premiere: Westlake Mall, Seattle; performed at Bumbershoot in 1994.

1990 Seattle Individual Artists Award
Bestowed by Seattle Arts Commission

1990 “Duo, TRI-O and Tiptons’
Produce concerts and collaborate with Russian jazz musicians at the Goodwill Arts Festival, Seattle
2 nights at the Broadway Performance Hall
Funded by National Endowment for the Arts

FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES, TOURS ETC.
Denio has gone on over 75 major tours of the US, Europe, Eastern Europe since 1988, with groups such as The Tone Dogs (US), The Pale Nudes (Switzerland), The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet (US), Kultur Shock (US/Balkans), Quintetto alla Busara (Italy), The Four Accordions of the Apocalypse (US), Il Parto Delle Nuvole Pesanti (Italy), Die Resonanz (Austria), Die Knodel (Austria), and solo.

June 2011 ‘Vermont Performance Lab’ Residency
2-week recording studio residency composing soundtrack for ‘Who’s Hungry?’
February 2008 ‘Paul Goode Fellowship In Ireland’
Funded by by Artist Trust. One month in Westport, County Mayo.

October 2006 ‘City Dreams’
1 week (5-concert) tour of multi-media performance ensemble with musical quartet and live painter in Italy.
August/September 2004 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship
5 week composer residency in a 15th-century castle in Umbria, Italy

January 2003 ‘Amy Denio, Beth Custer & The Legendary Poptones’
Funded by CEC/Arts Link International
Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria to collaborate on new compositions and make recording.

2001 Rosencranz Artist-In-Residence
Sponsored by Fred Frith at Mills College (Oakland, California)
2 weeks teaching / Solo concert / chamber concert
September 2000 Recording Residency with Francisco Lopez ‘Belle Confusion 00’ / Duo Concert
Sponsored by Centrum Arts & Creative Education (Port Townsend, Washington)

March 2000 ‘The Danubians’
Funded by Soros (CEC/Arts Link International)
8 concerts & recording album in Europe with 2 Hungarians and a Czech drummer

1999 ‘Amy Denio and Kampec Dolores’
Funded by Soros (CEC/Arts Link International)
Travel to Budapest, Hungary, to collaborate on new compositions, tour & produce CD with ensemble

1997 ‘Le Serve’ (The Maids, by Jean Genet)
Commission by Cantieri Internazionale dell’Arte (Montepulciano, Italy)
Residency to compose & record soundscore

1996 ‘Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet & Ne Zhdali’
Funded by Soros (CEC/Arts Link International)
Travel to Tallinn, Estonia to collaborate on new compositions and record CD

SELECTED SOLO RECORDINGS
Amy Denio: No Bones (1986) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
Amy Denio: No Elevators (1988) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
Amy Denio: Never Too Old To Pop A Hole (1988) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
Amy Denio: Birthing Chair Blues (Knitting Factory, NYC 1991)
Amy Denio: Tongues (FOT/Ponk, Bloomington, IN 1993)
Amy Denio: Greatest Hits (1999)
Amy Denio: Tattoo (2000) (Unit Circle, Seattle 1999)
Amy Denio & Petunia: To Lie Tenderly (2002) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
AD: Chickenhawks Ought Not (2003) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
Amy Denio & Martin Hayes: Vivian Girls (2004) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
Amy Denio & Eyvind Kang: TASOGARE (Twilight) (2005)
(Spoot Music, Seattle / Public Eyesore, Omaha NE)
Amy Denio: Tutto Bene (2010) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
Amy Denio: Prodigal Light (2014) (Spoot Music, Seattle)

SELECTED GROUP RECORDINGS
Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet: Saxhouse (1993) (Knitting Factory, NYC)
Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet: make it funky god (1995) (Horn Hut, Seattle)
Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet: Box (1996) (New World Records, NYC)
Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet & Ne Zhdali: (1998) Pollo d’Oro (NoMansLand, Berlin)
Tiptons Sax Quartet: Short Cuts (2002) (Zipa! / Spoot Music, Seattle)
Tiptons Sax Quartet: Tsunami (2003) (Zipa! / Spoot Music, Seattle / NoMansLand, Berlin)
Tiptons Sax Quartet: Surrounded by Horns (Stockfisch, Northeim Germany, 2003)
Tiptons Sax Quartet: Drive (2005) (Zipa! / Spoot Music, Seattle)
Tiptons Sax Quartet: Laws of Motion (2008) (Zipa! / Spoot Music, Seattle)
Tiptons Sax Quartet: Strange Flower (2011) (Zipa! / Spoot Music, Seattle)
Tiptons Sax Quartet: tiny lower case (2014) (Zipa! / Spoot Music, Seattle)
George Cartwright: The Memphis Years (Cuneiform, Silver Spring, MD 2000)
Curlew with Amy Denio: A Beautiful Western Saddle (Cuneiform, Silver Spring, MD 1993)
The Danubians (Cuneiform, Silver Spring, MD 2000)
FoMoFlo: Slug And Firearms (1996) (God Mountain, Tokyo/MORE MUSIC, Italy)
FoMoFlo: No. 11 (1997) (God Mountain, Tokyo)
Die Resonanz Stanonczi: Live at Jazzit / Edelbrand (Nomansland, Berlin 2006/2008)
Die Knodel with Amy Denio: Non Lo So, Polo (Spoot Music/Make Up, Zurich 1999)
Kultur Shock: FUCC the I.N.S. (More Shock Music/Cool Arrow Rec, SF CA, 2001)
Kultur Shock: Kultura Diktatura (More Shock Music/Cool Arrow Rec, SF CA, 2003)
Kultur Shock: Integration (More Shock Music 2009)
Kultur Shock: Ministry of Kultur (More Shock Music 2011)
Kultur Shock: Tales of Granpa Guru Vol. 1 (More Shock Music 2012)
Kultur Shock: IX (More Shock Music 2014)
Naruwan: Brazil meets Taiwan (Taiwanese traditional and popular songs with Brazilian samba, played by
Amis Tribe youth, arranged and produced by Denio) (Spoot Music, 2007)
(ec) Nudes: Vanishing Point (ReR Megacorp, London 1994)
Pale Nudes: Wise To The Heat (1995) (MakeUp, Zurich /Spoot, Seattle)
Pale Nudes: Soul Come Home (1998) (MakeUp, Zurich /Spoot, Seattle)
The Science Group: …a mere coincidence… (ReR Megacorp, London, UK, 1999)
Tone Dogs: Ankety Low Day (1990) / Early Middle Years (1991) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
OU: Pisces Crisis (2014) (Spoot Music, Seattle)
OU: SCRAMBLED! (2015) (Spoot Music, Seattle / Public Eyesore Records)

FILM SOUNDTRACKS
La Bimba Col Pugno Chiuso (March, 2013)
(75 min.) Italian documentary about a 99-year old partisan lady from Rome.
The Naked Proof (June, 2003)
(100 min.) Film Directed by Jamie Hook (Seattle)
*Jury Prize at Seattle International Film Festival
*Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at Minneapolis Film Festival
Planet Love: The Colour of Love (December, 2002)
(30 min.) Digital Video directed by Biljana Tanurovska (Skopje, Macedonia)
Synchrony in Estrus (May, 2002)
(35 min.) Stop-motion animated film designed & directed by Thomas Edward (Seattle)
Unfurled (October, 2001)
(5 min.) Video produced & directed by Holly Taylor/911 Media Arts Center (Seattle)
Pangaea’s Brood (February, 1996)
(15 min.) Stop-motion animated film designed & directed by Thomas Edward (Seattle)
* Museum tour in U.S. / Best Animated Film Award at NY Underground Film Festival

FILMOGRAPHY (films shot and edited by Amy Denio)
Friends Gone (4:34) Documentary on light and death (June, 2012)
A Boy’s Song (0:47) Documentary of young boy (May, 2012)
Going Up (1:14) Documentary of riding bank escalator (February, 2012)
Unsilent Night (7:32) Documentary of boom box orchestra walking in Seattle during winter solstice (December, 2011)
Kim David Hall Laser Show (3:48) Documentary of laser display created by sculptor/inventor Kim David Hall (June, 2011)
Yard In March (1:27) Documentary of my front garden (March, 2010)
The Tiptons and Danijel Zezelj: Raisa (5:06) Music and painting performance video; I edited a two-camera shoot. (March, 2010)
Yevdja and the Hula Hoop (1:27) Documentary of man trying to hula hoop (February, 2010)
25 XII 2009 (1:56) Documentary of walking in West Seattle on December 25, 2009. (December, 2009)
Sonic Bench 2009 (2:52) Documentary of the creation of my public ‘sonic bench’. (September, 2009)
Tiptons Sax Quartet in Europe (June/July 2009) (8:19) Documentary of all-girl sax quartet on tour in Europe (September, 2009)
2009 Denio @ Wellenklaenge Festival, Lunz am See, Austria (6:57) Documentary of being Resident Artist at festival in Austria (September, 2009)
Kultur Shock: Balcchanalia (5:18) Documentary of Balkan gypsy punk folk band touring the Balkans (Summer, 2009)
Tiptons Sax Quartet and Kiahmocha (2:48) Documentary of all-girl sax quartet collaborating with Austrian yodeling men’s choir (September, 2009)
Lurie & Zezelj: Fallout (3:14) Documentary of concert with live painting in Ljubljana, Slovenia (October, 2008)
Tiptons Sax Quartet Tour 4/2008 (3:38) Documentary of all-girl sax quartet on tour in America (May, 2008)
Ballintubber Abbey (4:23) Documentary of Paul Goode Artist Fellowship in Ireland, given by Artist Trust (March, 2008)
Tiptons West Coast Tour, Fall 2007 (6:59) Documentary of all-girl sax quartet on tour in America (March, 2008)
Tiptons Sax Quartet Europe Tour, Fall 2007 (5:20) Documentary of all-girl sax quartet on tour in Europe
Taichung Parade (Taiwan, 2007) (2:44) Documentary of my colleagues in Dream Community participating in parade (March, 2008)
Camphor Tree Students (Taiwan, 2007) (2:35) Documentary on my project with Amis Tribe students singing and playing samba (March, 2008)
Ping Tung, Taiwan (June, 2007) (4:12) Documentary on my visit to a tribal village in south Taiwan (February 2008)
Taipei, Taiwan (June, 2007) (3:51) Documentary of Taipei (February, 2008)
Tong Men & Hualien Area (3:58) Documentary of my travels in Taiwan (February, 2008)

FILM PARTICIPATION
HOME (2015 Kultur Shock music video)
Wild And Crazy Guys (2015 Kultur Shock music video)
Aksam (2015 Kultur Shock music video)
Rage Against Old Age (2015 Kultur Shock music video)
Stop the Disco (2012 Kultur Shock music video)
Umoran Sam Od Zivota (2012 Kultur Shock music video)
The Rose (2010 Kultur Shock music video)
The Seamstress and the Officers (2007 Kultur Shock Music video)
Shredder Orpheus (1987 cult classic!)

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