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Amy Denio & Tarik Abouzied
October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Amy Denio/Tarik Abouzied photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Welcomed by Rainier Avenue Radio
Multi-instrumentalists Amy Denio and Tarik Abouzied are two steady lights in the Seattle music community. Denio, an eclectic vocalist and prolific performer on various instruments, combines her astounding skill with her radical curiosity in groups like Kultur Shock, a Balkan punk band, and the all-female Tiptons Sax Quartet. Abouzied, an accomplished drummer, bassist, and composer, is an on-call session musician and leader of various local groups, including award-winning Happy Orchestra.
Abouzied makes music from the heart, which also grooves to the bone. An outspoken member of the music community and generous educator, he leads the 12-piece Happy Orchestra, whose 2017 debut Baba was nominated for the Earshot Golden Ear NW Jazz Recording of the Year award.
He has occasionally filled in on drums for the Tipton Sax Quartet, a group Denio founded in 1987. Their variety of influences, from classical composition to traditional jazz arrangements, Afro-Cuban to Klezmer, merge into a rhythmic bouillon that can be heard on 2020’s release Wabi Sabi. These influences come naturally to Denio, who in addition to her studies in Western music, has also studied vocal music in India, performed in festivals in Japan, Taiwan, and Brazil, and elsewhere.
Denio recently lent her compositional skills to a film scoring commission by Kino Lorber, as well as releasing a recording of her chamber suite, Truth is Up For Grabs, a piece for 21 musicians sponsored by the Seattle Composers Alliance.
Collaborating together since 2015, both share an inclusive, forward-looking aesthetic, from composing to recording. For their performance—broadcast live from the Royal Room—Denio and Abouzied will perform a set of compositions and improvisations based on their experiences in various musical traditions.
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