Amy Biondo is a Denver/Boulder vocalist, composer, dancer, and music educator.
A versatile performer with a 4-octave range, Amy is equally comfortable climbing inside the rich rhythmic and harmonic structure of a modern jazz composition; mining deep into the emotional story of an old chestnut and communicating the timeless beauty that is still relevant today; resonating with the nuanced heartbeat of a traditional folk song in Spanish, Portuguese, or French; or belting out a rock tune to a room full of people who can’t help but dance.
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Amy’s voice is rich with emotion, vibrant, playful, and fearless. Her original compositions are rhythmically complex with evocative lyrics and innovative arrangements, jazz at the heart but heavily peppered with pop, R&B, folk, and Latin American influences.
Amy teaches private and group voice lessons to kids age 8 through adults, fully customizing each lesson to the needs of the student. Vocal coaching with Amy helps students discover the deep genuineness and unimpeded creative expression that is rooted in the very core of who they are as human beings. As they allow themselves to be seen and appreciated in all their authenticity, students develop confidence and conviction, both in their singing ability as well as in their ability to courageously speak their truth in their everyday lives. Amy is a warm, encouraging teacher who is skilled at seeing the deep potential in all her students and drawing this out in a playful, grounded, approachable, and deeply transformative way. Click here to learn more.
Amy has trained extensively in music and dance improvisation with Art Lande, Mark Miller, and Barbara Dilley, and she also holds a Master of Arts degree from Naropa University in Contemplative Psychotherapy. Amy has played with numberous musical luminaries, including Art Lande, Brad Goode, Rudy Royston, Ross Martin, Greg Gisbert, Jose Madera, Gary Socias, and many others. Venues include Dazzle, the City Park Jazz Festival, the Boulder Theater, the Broadmore Hotel, the Brown Palace, the Fulton Opera House, and the Boulder Fringe Festival. She has performed live on the radio stations KUVO Denver and KGNU Boulder.
The vocalist is featured on two full-length albums, with Latin American group Los Bohemios (2013) and jazz septet Sundays at Vic’s (2007). She has also performed as a vocalist and/or percussionist in projects dedicated to Brazilian music (with Joao Junquiera), samba (Bateria Alegria), French jazz (Azur Trio), gypsy jazz (Baro Swing), free improvisation (Vox Libera, the Mmmwhah Ensemble), Kirtan (Mike Cohen and The Shakti Groove) and classic and contemporary pop/rock (Milestone). These diverse musical influences, combined with Amy’s background in choral singing, theater, and modern dance, create a charismatic stage presence and a deeply embodied and refreshingly unique vocal style and delivery.
Amy’s newest project is The Amy Biondo Ensemble, featuring her own original material, songs written by her band mates, pieces composed spontaneously in the moment, jazz standards interpreted in unusual ways, and tunes from a wide variety of musical genres, reinterpreted with a jazz sensibility. She also performs with the bands Vox Libera (vocals), Los Bohemios (vocals and percussion), The Mmmwhah Ensemble (dance and vocals), and Milestone (vocals and percussion).
Amy also teaches the contemplative arts and meditation through El Puente Dorado, an organization offering transformational healing retreats in beautiful and sacred places in Mexico, using the powers of meditation, nature, and compassionate support to bring lasting healing and empowerment.
Arturo Gomez, Music Director of KUVO, on Amy's work with Los Bohemios:
“Amy Biondo may not be Latina by birth, however, her heart beats Latin rhythms as she has been enamored by the music of América Latina all her life and her singing is the ideal addition to the group, reminiscent of the albums of Eydie Gormé with Trio Los Panchos…
The harmonizing of Ricardo, Amy and Ed [is] seamless… Los Bohemios inject freshness to their renditions that will captivate even the most discerning listeners… [the album is] superb from start to finish. This is an auspicious debut for a group that evokes romance and at times makes you want to get up and dance.”
Bret Saunders of the Denver Post on Amy's work with Sundays at Vic's:
“It's encouraging to hear and see a younger generation of musicians effortlessly breeze through ‘In a Sentimental Mood,’ ‘They Can't Take That Away From Me’ and other songs that were popular long before they were born.
Even if it was recorded in Colorado's Mile High Music studio, it still seems like they're just trading ideas at Vic's on any given Sunday at noon.”
A private event client on Amy’s work with the Amy Biondo Ensemble:
“Our guests were entranced, they were tapping their feet, they were laughing and moved by the music, and by the friendly conversational style of Amy and the musicians, that brought everyone into the light of family and enjoying the music together…
Our guests offered suggestions for several songs [of various genres], and Amy knew them all. Afterward, we received several notes of appreciation from our guests for that unforgettable evening. Thanks, Amy!”
Participants in Amy's Contemplative Voice Workshops:
“Loved it! Totally unexpected and wonderfully liberating.”
"A really balanced workshop—lots of material to reflect on and to have experienced in the moment. Very inspiring.”
"Thank you for creating a safe playful space."
"Amy’s inviting, calm joy set a nice tone."
"I liked the permission, encouragement, clarity of instruction."
"Very nice feeling of relaxation and connection in the group. I liked the playful interactive quality."