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Acclaimed experimental accordionist Amy Denio in concert

Beach=Culture at the Beach House

Monday, May 21, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Santa Monica, United States

Acclaimed experimental accordionist Amy Denio in concert

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Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email
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Please note that this concert takes place in the Sand & Sea Room above the pool

5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site
6:30-8pm Concert

What is “experimental accordion”? For Amy Denio, it has included playing accordion and saxophone and accompanying herself using extended vocal techniques since the late 80s, making music that dips and swings through world and folk music traditions and avant-garde jazz. For her Beach House appearance, Denio will play toe-tapping songs on accordion while employing her 4-octave-wide vocal range to create original improvised soundscapes with simple electronics.

Amy Denio has been recording in her own Spaciouser Spoot Studios since she was a teenager. She has produced more than 40 recording projects - solo, and with other musicians worldwide. Denio is a founding member of The Entropics, Tone Dogs, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, and her accordion quartet Hell’s Bellows! (U.S.), Danubians (Hungary/Czech), Pale Nudes (UK/Switzerland), FoMoFlo (Japan), and Quintetto alla Busara (Italy). She’s been guest vocalist on numerous recording projects, and wrote a song cycle for Austrian chamber octet inspired by Italo Calvino's book Invisible Cities. Denio has been commissioned by Italian National Radio, the Berkeley Symphony, The New York Festival of Song, Relâche Ensemble, regional and local museums, and has collaborated with over a dozen choreographers.

Her work has been heard at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Opera House, Roman Theater in Trieste, Carnegie Hall, in the John Cage Exhibit at the 1993 Venice Biennale, and from the top of a Seattle METRO Bus. Awards received include a 1997 NYC Bessie Award for Sky Down, her soundscore for David Dorfman Dance. She has performed and recorded with KMFDM, Curlew, Fred Frith, Francisco López, Chris Cutler, Guy Klucevsek, Pauline Oliveros, Relâche Ensemble, Derek Bailey, Chuck D, Bill Rieflin, and the Shaking Ray Levis.

She recently received a Meet The Composer grant to compose for a toy theater work by Dan Froot, Who's Hungry, a puppet performance weaving the stories of 5 'food-insecure' people based in Santa Monica, which premiered at Highways Performance Gallery in January 2012.

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy before every Beach=Culture evening, from 5:15-6:15pm.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.

Parking: For weekday Beach=Culture events May-September, there is a daily $8 parking charge at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. For hourly and weekend fees, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call 310-458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change depending on weather - call ahead.

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When & Where

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Monday, May 21, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Beach=Culture at the Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the the Annenberg Community Beach House. We look forward to seeing you! Please join our email list for monthly updates on our events.

Please note that there is bike parking available onsite - bring a lock. Car parking is available and is generally $3/hr; rates can vary.

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event; reservations are released then and late seating is not guaranteed. Although Eventbrite's automatic email encourages you to print your ticket out, at this time we only require you to give your last name at the door. If an event is at capacity, we will generally open a waitlist online and you can sign up. We will not contact you; just plan to arrive by 15 minutes prior to the event and we will assess unclaimed reservations then.

If you have any questions, please email or call (310) 458-4904 for the Guest Services desk at the Beach House.

The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach club open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.

The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.

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