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Amy Denio: UNTRAPT

by Amy Denio / Spoot Music



This simple piano idea came to me between students ~ based on my love of harmonic minor & the relationship of major to minor, happy to sad. When I started to record it, I realized I wanted to make a piece about my ruminations on the role of death in our lives.

I'd just said goodbye to 'King' Leah Gold who succumbed to cancer a few days before. We'd sang together in Les Voix Vulgaires. My best friend Elizabeth 'Detonator Beth' Lawrence was the other singer in that group. Cancer spelled the end of her life in 2016.

I've been thinking how we 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.provides a chance for Spirit to unfold to its greatest potential. And that all things connect.

Dedicated to 'King' Leah Gold and Elizabeth 'Detonator Beth' Lawrence, my amazing collaborators in Les Voix Vulgaires.


Take it on down when you drop your gown
No longer frown cuz you’re no longer bound
You hear your spirit sounding, leaping and bounding
You feel it rounding the corner
Your former dormer is now unfolding
The golden chair is now rolling
Lolling and tolling, doling and holy


released July 1, 2021
Composed, recorded and produced by Amy Denio.
Cynthia Hughen: piano
Amy Denio: clarinet, voice, drum sample edit.
Drum sample from freesound.org, 324797__jakeletts__trap-beat.wav
Mastered by Steve Turnidge
c 2021 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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