AMY DENIO (Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame) is an award-winning composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, alto sax, clarinet, accordion) and singer. She has composed 500+ works and has produced 50 recordings. She operates Spoot Music, her recording studio, record label and publishing company.
Denio produces music for theater, film, television, and audio installations. Her commissions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, live on Italian National Radio, and at festivals worldwide.
A composer for modern dance, film and theater, she has been commissioned by award-winning choreographers such as Pat Graney, David Dorfman, Chiao-Ping Li, and Vickie Marks. She has also composed scores for feature films, theater works, multi-media performances, and television. Her newest work for 22-piece orchestra “Truth Is Up For Grabs” was funded by Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and 4Culture and sponsored by the Seattle Composers Alliance.
She co-founded Tone Dogs, The Entropics, her all-women sax quartet The Tiptons (1988-present), joined Bosnian folk metal band Kultur Shock in 1999, and has been playing with Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin in Correo Aereo/Ama Trio since 2003. She is currently writing ‘Applause For The Bridge’, a bilingual book of her travel stories in Italian and English.