Boshnack/Campbell/Denio Trio @ The Chapel 9/30/2021

Thursday September 30, 8pm

@ The Chapel Performance Space in the Good Shepherd Center, 4th Floor

4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th floor
$5 – $15 suggested donation

A night of spontaneous compositions from three of Seattle’s finest musicians and longtime members of the creative music scene.

Internationally recognized composers Sam Boshnack (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Amy Denio (alto sax, clarinet, accordion, voice) join renaissance man Greg Campbell (drums, percussion, gongs, french horn) for a night of spontaneous composition and musical exploration. Working with loose themes, these accomplished beacons in Seattle’s creative music scene will join forces for the first time as a trio.

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Asplund/Baker/Denio @ The Chapel 8/27

Christian Asplund
Tom Baker
Amy Denio
Friday 27 August 2021, 8 pm
Wayward Music Series
The Chapel At The Good Shepherd Center
$5-$15 suggested

A rare chance to hear this trio of seasoned composer-performers for premieres of new comprovisations.

Christian Asplund is a Canadian-American composer-performer based in Provo, Utah, where he teaches at Brigham Young University and curates the Avant GaRAWge.  He has composed in diverse media and performs mainly as a jazz and free improvisation pianist and violist.  His interests have included the intersections of improvisation/composition, modular textures/forms, text/music.  He has received awards and grants from Alpert Foundation, Genesis Foundation, Barlow Endowment, Artistrust, King County, ASCAP and Jack Straw Foundation.  He has performed and recorded with Stuart Dempster, John Butcher, Malcolm Goldstein, Christian Wolff, Willy Winant, Eyvind Kang, Reggie Watts, Tim Young, etc.  His music has been performed and broadcast all over the world.  His teachers have included Stuart Dempster, Bill Smith, Marc Seales, Thea Musgrave, Alvin Curran, John Rahn, and Joel-Francois Durand and he has degrees in composition from University of Washington, Mills College, and Brigham Young University.  His scores are published by Frog Peak Music.  His articles and chapters and a book have appeared in Perspectives of New Music, American Music, Illinois University Press, and University of Washington Press.  His recordings appear on Tzadik, Comprovised, Maritime Fist Gleeclub, Sparkling Beatnik, Present Sounds, etc.  

Press comment has included: “passion”, “panoramic power”, “pure pointillist”, “plaintive”, “painstaking”, “rhythmically toothy”, “rocking”, “remarkable”, “rollicking”, “searing”, “subdued”, “soothing”, “submersive”, “splendid”, “unique”, “enjoyable”, “ethereal”, “mesmerizing”, “mind-blowing”, “otherworldly”, “absorbing”, “intelligent”, “idiosyncratic”, “distinctive”, “captivating”, “bewitching”. He teaches at Brigham Young University.  More at

Tom Baker is a composer, guitarist, improviser, and electronic musician who has been active in the Seattle new-music scene since arriving in 1994. He is the artistic director of the Seattle Composers’ Salon, co-founder of the Seattle EXperimental Opera (SEXO), and founder of the new-music recording label Present Sounds Recordings.
“…the acoustical rendition of a Jackson Pollack painting.”
— Twenty-First Century Music

Tom’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He writes chamber music, opera, and electronic music, as well as music for percussion, chamber orchestra, dance, film, and chorus. His work traverses themes of grief, loss, redemption, and perseverance, through a combination of sound exploration, electronic improvisation, and musical form and structure. He has been in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Montalvo Arts Center, and his music is published by Frog Peak Music.
“…a delicate, eccentric compositional sense and a tendency
toward unruly improvisation.”
— Time Out New York

Tom is also a scholar and educator and has recently presented work to the Society for Minimalist Music in Wales UK, and to the International Conference on the Arts in Society in Vancouver BC. He is a Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts where he teaches composition, music theory, and electronic music. His most recent article was published in Perspectives of New Music in July, 2020.
“Alarmingly restrained, yet evocative,created with great care
and structured structurelessness. The space is the music.”
— ADD Reviews

Tom is active as a performer and improviser, specializing in fretless guitar and live-electronics. His band TRIPTET recently released its fourth album, Slowly, Away, on Engine Records. His electronic-interactive-arts collaboration with visual artist Robert Campbell called Manifold2 was was featured in the MoxSonic festival in 2019 and excerpts from their new opera-in-progress called The Language of Change were featured in the Current’s New Media festival in 2020.
“Tom Baker’s music plies the shadowy territory between
form, isolation, and silence.”
— The Stranger

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 500 compositions, and has released dozens of solo and collaborative recordings on Spoot 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.

In January 2020 her all-women group The Tiptons Sax Quartet (1988-present) released their 14th album Wabi Sabi, and had their 15th tour of Europe in March until COVID cut it short.  She is a co-founding member of The Entropics, Tone Dogs, (ec) Nudes, FoMoFlo, The Danubians, Petunia, Quintetto alla Busara, Die Resonanz, and the accordion quartet Hell’s Bellows! (US).  

Under ‘normal’ circumstances, she also records and tours with Kultur Shock (1999-present) and Latin American group Correo Aereo (2005-present) and 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.

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.


It occurred to me how humans resemble chrysalises ~ in our limited human bodies, struggling to understand infinity with our limited mental capacities. Coastal Salish wisdom teaches that rather than being ‘the end’, death is simply the Great Change. It provides a chance for Spirit to unfold to its greatest potential. And that all things connect.

UNTRAPT is dedicated to ‘King’ Leah Gold and Elizabeth ‘Detonator Beth’ Lawrence, my amazing collaborators in Les Voix Vulgaires.  May they rest in peace, and cavort at will!


My new album Pandemonium has been getting airplay in the US and on Italian National Radio! Please message me if you’d like a digital download.

Doobeedoobeedoo published a lovely review of it. Here’s an excerpt:

Throughout the album, Denio takes the listener on a stylistic adventure. No two tracks are the same; there is no one definite genre that can be defined here. The listener is treated to multi-tiered acapella (Northampton), a no-man’s-land between jazz and,,, something else (Mumbai), psychedelic rock (“Convergency Vortex”), forays into Brian Eno-ish ambience (“Washington State”), and other genre defying musical statements. Yet, as diverse as this music is, the entire collection works beautifully together as a coherent whole. Denio’s skills as a composer, arranger, and performer are astonishing.

Wabi Sabi!

Spring is around the corner, and the Tiptons Sax Quartet is in action again!

We recorded and mixed our 14th album Wabi Sabi a year ago with Floyd Reitsma at the fabulous Studio Litho in Fremont (Seattle WA). It’s one of my very favorite recordings yet!

Wabi Sabi is now available for streaming and download on Bandcamp! Soon it will be squeezing through all the inter-tubes possible ~ and available on CD and Vinyl LP!

We’ve chosen Sue Orfield‘s composition Wabi Sabi as the first single ~ and Jessica Lurie & I put together a little video featuring photographs from the band, mostly taken while on tour.


Points of Seeing

Prolific composer, multi-instrumentalist and all around fantastic teacher Patrick Grant put out a call for folks to contribute to his new conceptual piece, Points of Seeing. His specs were specific ~ follow to a certain tonality, and record tracks at specific tempi. 20 people responded. Since there were so many guitarists, I decided to create my parts on clarinet, haha!

Patrick released a daily rough mix for the last ten days of of 2020.

I especially like the mix from December 23rd ~ ‘Any Given Moment‘.


AD Live at Lounge Ax, Chicago IL 1992

Ladies and Gentlemen! Spoot Music is proud to present Amy Denio Live at Lounge Ax, 1992.

Anyone else remember 1992?

Back in the Dark Ages before the Internaught, I played a solo concert at Lounge Ax Chicago. Thanks to Matt Kolata, this slew of my rather strange songs for accordion, bass, saxophone and voice has found the light of day.

Though not perfect, it’s a fantastic testament to the times in which we lived… Clinton had just beaten Bush Sr. in the national election, and I was on a Knitting Factory tour opening up for Negativland.


>>>>>>>>>> Onward >>>>>>>>>

Good riddance 2020!

It seemed to be getting worse and worse. In the last few days of the year, brilliant improvising bassist and impresario Lelio Giannetto succumbed to COVID in Palermo, my boyfriend K left me, and Ugi the sad cat spent the last days of 2020 soaking up Reiki in my lap before we euthanized him yesterday.

The Coastal Salish say that every day is your birthday. I decided that every day must be the New Year as well. My mood started lifting.

This year I’ve discovered that ping pong and music are excellent remedies for soul-ache heartbreak and Quarantin-itis in general.

PING PONG. Portable ping pong sets are inexpensive and available online, and the nets fit on almost any flat surface, so you can play inside or out. My musical pal Annie O’Neill and I have been developing our all-weather nocturnal ping pong skills this year. The balls take on their own personalities with the changing weather. 35 degrees with black ice on the table? Strong gusts of wind? Extra sequoia needles on the table? That adds fun to the game! On New Year’s Eve, we played ping pong under the sequoia with a nice blazing fire.

MUSIC. Even if you don’t normally play, try making some noise ~ unload the dishwasher, listen to the sound of the soles of your shoes on various surfaces (and try skipping or galloping! super fun). Make sounds and explore your voice. Yawn!

Recent Shenanigans

Annie O’Neill and I played an actual concert in December in the beautiful StudiO space on Vashon Island for the Vashon Live channel!

Patrick Grant’s new conceptual piece ‘Points of Seeing‘ features 20 collaborators! There are mostly guitarists, so I created a bunch of clarinet tracks according to his specs. Patrick’s been creating new mixes daily from the plethora of material. My favorite mix is called Any Given Moment.

Listen below to an excerpt of my new piece with Roberto Fega, with words from Noel Franklin’s poem Diagnosis. I came up with it a few days after K called it quits on our anniversary, and instantly felt better!

Have you seen the heart / Have you been to the heart / The heart is a fighter, not a lover / brutal as a battle front / it beats our blood

Robert and I call this track CUORE.

Excerpt from Roberto Fega & Amy Denio: CUORE (words by Noel Franklin)

Love to all creatures great and small ~ and enjoy this next spin around the sun!