The pairing of guitarist Domingo DeGrazia with violinist Beth Daunis was truly a match made in heaven.
Domingo DeGrazia is an Arizona native and the youngest son of famed Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. Domingo has become a recognized guitarist and song writer known for blending Spanish, Latin and Flamenco styles. Although Domingo brings more than 20 years of playing and performing experience, he follows his father as being somewhat of a renaissance man. Domingo holds college degrees in Aerospace and AeronauticalScience as well as law, is an active pilot and is a former motorcycle road racer.
DeGrazia taught himself to play guitar at age 13 and began playing Spanish guitar soon after. DeGrazia’s discography includes CD writing, band member and, studio musician credits in many genres including Solo Classical Guitar, and most notably, Spanish Guitar. DeGrazia’s music has been used in television and radio commercials as well as for extreme sports video.
Beth was born and raised in Massachusetts. She began playing the violin at age 4, and was quickly recognized to have a natural talent for the instrument. She studied the Suzuki method until high school, when her playing began to branch out into the realm of improvisation. Beth enrolled in Bennington College in Vermont to pursue music and environmental philosophy in the beautiful setting of the Green Mountains. She was blessed to be able to study with such musical masters as Diane Pascal, Milford Graves, Allen Shawn, Steven Spiegel, David Finck, and Bruce Williamson. After 3 years, however, Beth had had enough of college life, and decided to pursue her education in the “real world”. As her music so poignantly portrays, Beth herself has lived the life of a gypsy. She spent six years traveling throughout the U.S., working as needed, often living in her Volkswagen bus, cooking over campfires, and creating lifelong friendships with people in all walks of life. Following a dream she’d had since childhood to live in Tucson, Beth moved there in 2008 to receive her certification to teach yoga - with no intention of settling there permanently. However, life had other plans for her; Beth knew quickly that Tucson felt like “home” in a way that nowhere else had, and was amazed by all the doors that were opening for her. One of those doors led her directly to the music of Domingo DeGrazia.
Their paths first crossed on New Year’s Eve, 2008. Domingo’s band was playing at a popular restaurant for the New Year’s Festivities, and Beth was waiting tables. Her manager, knowing of her prowess on the violin, drove her home to pick her it up so she could sit in for a few songs with the band.
And the rest, as they say, is history. Both Domingo and Beth were at first uncertain about playing together, but the music flowed effortlessly, beautifully. Beth improvised melodies to Domingo’s exquisitely constructed guitar rhythms, and the potential for a phenomenal collaboration became immediately apparent. They began to practice together regularly and co-create songs, which led them to the discovery that their music together could not fit into a traditional genre. Neither classical nor Spanish, neither folk nor modern, it was timeless, fun to play, and lovely to listen to!
Now: they have very busy and separate lives: Domingo has a full-time law practice, and Beth teaches yoga classes and music lessons throughout Tucson. However, they worked tirelessly to record their first album together in 2009, entitled “The Bluest Sky”. It is a collection of songs that represents their diverse backgrounds and unique approaches to their instruments. Although the guitar and violin have very distinct voices, it is the blending of the two that makes their sound so special, so intimate, and so sweet.