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Amy Denio: Crow Totem (For Noel Franklin)

from Amy Denio: Crow Totem (for Noel Franklin) by Amy Denio / Spoot Music



Composed by Amy Denio and orchestrated by Tara Forth and Steve Kirk
Produced by Steve Kirk
c 2020 Spoot Music, ASCAP

Amy Denio composed this piece for her friend and colleague Noel Franklin, a prolific and brilliant poet and graphic artist based in Seattle. Noel Franklin died unexpectedly in late May, 2020. She had been grappling with alcoholism and was diagnosed bipolar in the last years of her life. But that didn’t stop her from creating an impressive body of work. She often drew crows, her animal totem. Some of Noel’s ancestors hail from the Cherokee and Shoshone nations. Noel Franklin’s website.

Shortly after Franklin’s death, Denio took a walk in Seahurst Park in Burien Washington, their favorite place to ‘forest bathe’. According to Coastal Salish custom, ancestors reside in these woods overlooking the Salish Sea (Puget Sound). This melody took form during that walk, and Denio composed it on voice, with accordion and clarinet accompaniment.

Her Seattle Composers Alliance colleagues Tara Forth and Steve Kirk further orchestrated the piece, and Steve Kirk produced the final mix of the song.


from Amy Denio: Crow Totem (for Noel Franklin), released November 7, 2020
Amy Denio: voice, accordion, clarinet
Tara Forth: voices, piano/violin/hammer dulcimer orchestration
Steve Kirk: guitar, bass, percussion orchestration, final mix.

c 2020 Spoot Music, ASCAP


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Amy Denio / Spoot Music Seattle, Washington

Amy Denio is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer, singer and music producer based in Seattle, WA. She's been commissioned to compose for dance, theater and film, and has received numerous grants and fellowships and collaborated with artists worldwide.

She has performed at festivals, clubs, schools, prisons, social centers and ruins throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
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