Amy Biondo is a Denver/Boulder vocalist, composer, dancer, vocal empowerment coach, and voice mentor.
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.
Amy has performed genres ranging from jazz to Latin to gypsy jazz to free improvisation to Kirtan to pop/rock and beyond. These diverse musical influences, combined with Amy’s background in theater and modern dance, create a charismatic stage presence and a deeply embodied and refreshingly unique vocal style and delivery.
Amy works regularly with Art Lande (ECM), Venezuelan virtuoso Gonzalo Teppa, Bill Kopper (Octave Recording), Carmen Sandim (Rope-a-Dope), and the late Ron Miles (Blue Note), among others. Passionate about world music, she has extensively studied the music of Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and France. Amy has performed and toured across the United States and abroad, including the San Diego Opera House, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, venues in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Britain, and Ireland, and venues in Colorado. She has appeared at City Park Jazz, Donkey Creek, Five Points Jazz, and on radio stations KUVO and KGNU.
A prolific studio musician, Amy is featured as a lead vocalist on the self-titled albums Sundays at Vic’s (2007) and Los Bohemios (2013), as well as countless other studio recordings as a background vocalist. Amy also writes and records custom love songs for special events such as weddings, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, memorial services, and more!
Amy’s band, the Amy Biondo Ensemble, features her original compositions which are rhythmically complex with evocative lyrics and innovative arrangements, jazz at the heart but heavily peppered with pop, R&B, and Latin American influences. She also performs with Los Bohemios (Afro-Cuban/Mexican), Milestone (variety), and a duo with Colorado jazz guitarist Bill Kopper (jazz/world/pop).
Amy holds a Master of Arts degree from Naropa University and has trained extensively in music and improvisation with Art Lande, Rhiannon, Mark Miller, Barbara Dilley, and others. She is a certified IVTOM (International Voice Teachers of Mix) teacher and has completed all three levels of the Somatic Voicework training with Jeanie LoVetri.
But Amy’s greatest teacher has been in her own personal journey to find her voice. As a child, Amy suffered from such acute stage fright that she would become physically sick before a performance. As a teen and young adult, she felt herself freeze on stage, disconnected from her body and emotions, removed from the present moment by a paralyzing fear of failure, all the while feeling a deep power inside her that she could never quite seem to reach.
Finally, Amy made the decision to deeply engage with the obstacles that were holding her back. She set to work learning everything she could about the physiological process of stage fright, understanding shame and how it manifests in the creative process, and developing the strength and flexibility of her voice. Using mindfulness practices, vocal and movement improvisation, and vocal strengthening exercises, she learned to release blockages in her body and mind and was able to finally experience the full power and expressiveness of her authentic voice.
This work has culminated in “The World Needs Your Voice,” a 6-week online course that helps singers of any level move from fear, self-doubt, and shame to radiant confidence, self-love, and joy so that they can reclaim their authentic voice. Additionally, Amy teaches private voice lessons to kids age 8 through adults, helping students discover the deep genuineness and unimpeded creative expression that is rooted in the very core of who they are as human beings. 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.
“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 requested several songs, and Amy knew them all. Afterward, we received several notes of appreciation from our guests for that unforgettable evening. Thanks, Amy!” - Shelley Schlender