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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the roaring twenties!
Highlights of 2019:
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Feb 27 Sonic Voyage Fest presents: STRINGFEST II
Echo of the Ghost (7 P.M.)
Susan Aquila Band (8 P.M.)
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius (9 P.M.)I’m starting a tradition of mini-electric and eclectic string festivals. The concept is an evening of bands playing original music led or comprised of creative electric string players who push the boundaries of their instruments. We had a great first mini-fest last year at DROM with Mazz Swift, 2 Birds Band, and Seven Suns. The sequel will feature Stratospheerius along with 2 of my favorite electric violinists/songwriters/friends; Susan Aquila and Claudia Chopek.
March 11-14, Sonic Voyage Fest Tour with Potters Daughter & Dark Beauty
Stratospheerius is honored and excited to tour with our label mates at Melodic Revolution Records! More details forthcoming…
Wed, March 11th: Debonair Music Hall (1409 Queen Anne Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666)
Thur, March 12th: Bushwick Publick house (1288 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
Friday, March 13 TBA
Saturday March 14th TBA
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius new single, “Impostor” on Melodic Revolution Records
If you haven’t already, stream (or better yet, download) the new Stratospheerius single, Impostor.
Featuring: Joe Deninzon-electric violin/vocals, Jason Gianni-drums, Michelangelo Quirinale-guitar, Paul Ranieri-bass, Bill Hubauer (Neal Morse Band)-keyboards, Randy McStine-guitar/vocals
Recorded by Rave Tesar (Renaissance). Mixed and Mastered by Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard, Flying Colors, Neal MKorse, Trans Atlantic, Dream Theater, Tears for Fears)
I’m honored to have participated on one of the best Prog albums of 2019 with an all-star cast. Keyboardist/singger/songwriter/producer Dave Kerzner released the sci fi concept albums, Acceleration Theory Part I & II in 2019, and I contributed strings to both projects. Musicians on the album include Michael Sadler (lead singer of Saga), Jon Davidson (lead singer of Yes), Steve Hacket (original Genesis guitarist), drummer Marco Minneman (Joe Satriani, Aristocrats), drummer Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train), singers The McBroom Sisters (Pink Floyd), bassist Matt Dorsey, guitarists Randy McStine and Fernando Perdomo, and singers Gabriel Agudo and Leticia Wolf!
Attention string players!
Check out my original compositions available on from Lathasm Music/JW pepper. My latest is a “Sidewinder”-style funky jazz string quartet titled “Benson Burner Boogaloo.”
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We are currently hard at work filming and editing the video for Stratospheerius “Impostor,” with videographer David P. Levin, who produced our video for “Behind the Curtain”
Here is the full performance of my “Dream Diary Electric Violin Concerto” by Prof Rudolf Haken!
Finally, check out this bootleg video of Stratospheerius performing our song, “Game of Chicken” live at Progstock Oct 13, 2019. Union County Performing Arts Center.
We are also putting the finishing touches on three new tracks that will be a part of the next Stratospheerius album. At least one will be released as another single until the album comes out. Also writing new music we plan to record.
I will soon be launching patreon account and look forward to the opportunity to share my day to day musical activities, projects, and general thoughts with you. Stay tuned…
Peace, love, and music,
DENINZONEWS NOVEMBER 2019
The latest on violinist Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
Fall has been jam packed for Stratospheerius. We recently had the honor of performing alongside bands like Saga, Nekrar, Discipline, and Joe Getter at Progstock, the biggest Progressive Rock Festival in the Northeast United States!
Here are some photos from our show and meet n greet! Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts to Tom Palmieri and Ann Rinaldi for this incredible opportunity! Thank you to our videographer David P. Levin for creating 75 minutes of mind-blowing backdrop footage for our performance! Also, thank you for the tireless crew of volunteers backstage, which includes Ray Loboda, Scot Corcoran, Alan Benjamin, Jim Robinson, Jason Kresge, Joel Simchas, and a slew of other folks who were involved!
NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “IMPOSTOR!” from
MELODIC REVOLUTION RECORDS!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We our proud to release our new single, “IMPOSTOR!” Please stream it, download it, and she it with your friends!
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Joe Deninzon & STRATOSPHEERIUS NY-AREA MUG RELEASE PARTIES COMING UP THIS WEEK AND NEXT!
This Friday, Nov 1st. 9 P.M.
Sonic Voyage Fest presents: Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, Randy McStine, Mile Marker Zero, & Joe Piteo’s Binary Beats
118 N. Main St.
Monday, Nov 4th
Randy Mcstine (9 P.M.)
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius ( 10 P.M.)
The Bitter End
147 Bleeker St.
New York, NY
I am excited to once again have the opportunity to perform my solo electric violin show at Skipfest, followed by a duo performance with legendary keyboardist/composer Neil Alexander, and later sitting in with his band, “Nail.”
Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 George St , Allendale NJ. 3 P.M.
Music by Joe Deninzon, Tracy Silverman, The Polcice, Jaco Pastorius, Neil Alexander, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Luiz Simas, Paganini, Mark O’Connor, David Wallace, and more!
We leave you with an oldie but a goodie. Here’s our performance of our song, “Release,” filmed by our friend Julia Gillies from the audience.
Stratospheeriusto perform at Progstock!
Progstockis the premier progressive rock festival in the Northeaster United States, founded by our good friend Tom Palmieri.
The event takes place at the Union County Performing arts Center in Rahway, NJ from Friday, October 11-Sunday October 13th
Stratospheephius performs on Sunday, October 13th at 1:30 PM, but you should BUY TICKETS NOWand spend the whole weekend to hear these other incredible bands, who we are proud to share the stage with:
Stratospheerius new single Impostor!
Yes folks, it took us a while but we HAVE NEW MUSIC!!! This marks the recording premier of the new lineup of Stratospheerius, featuring:
Joe Deninzon-Electric violin/lead vocals
In May, we laid the groundwork for four new tracks, which will eventually become a part of our next record. In the meantime, we have created an 8-minute monster called Impostor!
This track will be released as a single and be available for the first time EVER at Progstock!
The track features guest appearances by Randy McStine-guitar/vocals
And keyboardist Bill Hubauer (Neal Morse Band)and was tracked by Rave Tesar and mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser, best known for his work with Neal Morse, Spock’s Beard, Trans Atlantic, Flying Colors, and basically half of my record collection. Please visit our Facebookand twitterpage for teaser samples of the song in the next few weeks. I can’t wait for you to hear this track!!!
Other upcoming shows.
October 8th, wet your Progstock appetite with with Stratospheerius and Ad Astra at The Shrine.
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. in NYC
118 N. Main St.
Nov 7-9. Joe Deninzon Returns to HELL!
Teaching/Performing Residency at
Fiddle Hell. Westford, Mass.
-How to read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets
-Get in the Groove
-Effects for strings
-Learn a Rock Solo
-Power Chord Workout
11/16/19 @ 3 P.M.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 George St , Allendale NJ.
1 hr solo electric violin set by Joe Deninzon, followed by a duo set with keyboardist Neil Alexander.
Performing originals and covers by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, Jean Luc Ponty, Tracy Silverman, Mar O’Connor, and more!
New original string quartet published by
Ludwig Masters/JW Pepper.
I am pleased to announce that a new original string quartet of mine called “Benson Burner Boogaloo,” is now available from JW Pepper! This is another funky jazz piece with a “Sidewinder” feel. Easy to learn for intermediate players. Check it out, as well as my other sheet music, “What’s that Thang” and “Shock Therapy.” Thank you to Lynne Latham for making this possible
That is all …..for now….
Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Late February, Stratospheerius performed with the North Brunswick, NJ HS ORchestra, under the direction of Arvin Gopal. This was our first time as a band performing with a full string orchestra. I am grateful to Arvin for inviting us and putting this whole concert together. The band consisted of Jason Gianni on drums, Paul Ranieri on bass and Aurelien Budynek on guitar. Watch the full concert HERE:
On March 21st, I realized a dream I’ve had for a long time; to create a night featuring bands led by creative string players. The first (and definitely NOT last) STRINGFEST took place at DROM in NYC and featured Stratospheerius, Mazz Muse, 2birds Band, and Seven)Suns. I hope to do this again in the fall, featuring different bands at each show, and possibly take it outside of NY!! Stay tuned…
Here is Stratospheerius performing our cover of King Crimson’s “Frame by Frame”, with special guest Tobias Ralph (Adrien Belew) on drums:
OCTOBER 11TH-13TH, STRATOSPHEERIUS PERFORMS ON THE MAIN STAGE AT PROGSTOCK 3!
UNION COUNTRY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. RAHWAY, NJ
Joe Deninzon returns to Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp
For the 9th year in a row, I will be returning to teach and perform at Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Campin Olathe, KS. This is the Camp’s’ 10th year, hence the title MWROCX!
To say this is a special week for me is an understatement. Mark Woodis a revolutionary. One of the greatest living electric violinists, the man who designed my 7-string Viper, and someone who turned string education on its head with his Electrify your Strings Programs! He created the first and only camp dedicated to electric string playing, but open to all ages and instruments. The kids who come here remind me of myself when I was a teenager, a misfit violinist who wanted to rock out. The difference is that back in my day, such a camp and a community didn’t exist. Us rock string nerds had to fend for ourselves. This is like the island of broken toys and the level of camaraderie, inspiration, love, and musical catharsis can not be put into words to those who never experienced MWROC. You just have to be there!
STRATOSPHEERIUS IS BACK IN THE STUDIO!
The new lineup of Stratospheerius went into the studio last week with our longtime friend/engineer Rave Tesar and broke ground on 4 new songs! This is the beginning of our 6th studio album, which we hope to have out next year! The new lineup is :
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STRATOSPHEERIUS WINTER 2019 NEWS!
Wishing you all a happy Everything! Hope you’re holidays are filled laughter, love, and music!
I’ve had a 2018 full of incredible memories, travel, and fun music making!
Lots of great things happening in the next few months. Currently, We are hard at work writing the next Stratospheeriusalbum with our new lineup: Jason Gianni-drums, Paul Ranieri-bass, Michaelangelo Quirinale-Guitar. We’ve been invited to play the main stage next year at Progstock at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, and are planning some tours and local NY-area shows between now and then. Stay tuned…
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
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Feb 4-9 Cruise to the Edge special guest withIn Continuum
I am incredibly honored to be joining keyboardist/producer Dave Kerznerand In Continuumon Cruise to the EdgeFeb 4-9!
Ihad the pleasure of contributing strings to their new album Acceleration Theory.
Plus I get to be on a boat hanging out & jamming with basically my iTunes library in the flesh. (see list of artists below). My arms will be sore from being pinched all week to make sure I’m not dreaming!
IN CONTINUUMis a new progressive rock supergroup byDave Kerzner,co-founder of the group Sound of Contactand acclaimed solo artist, songwriter and producer. Joining Kerznerfor IN CONTINUUM’s debut concept album is lead vocalist Gabriel Agudo(Steve Rothery Band, ex-Bad Dreams), fellow Sound of Contactband mate Matt Dorseyon bass and guitar, former Sound of Contacttouring guitarists Randy McStine(The Fringe) and drummer Marco Minnemann(The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani). Their debut album will feature guest appearances by John Wesley(Porcupine Tree) and drummer Nick D’Virgilio(Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard), plus cameos from special guests Jon Davison(Yes), Steve Rothery(Marillion), Leticia Wolf(The Dead Deads), Fernando Perdomo(Dave Kerzner Band) and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius).
Saturday, Feb 23rd
Performance of Dream Diary Electric Violin Concerto
Rudolf Haken-“Viper” Electric string violin
Krannert Art Museum
500 East Peabody Drive, MC 592
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-0619
University of Illinois Champagne Urbana
Feb 26th, 7 P.M.
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius performance with
East Brunswick High School Orchestra under direction of Dr. Arvin Gopal
Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center at
Hammarskjold Middle School
200 Rues Lane East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Joe Deninzon Clinics/panel appearances
American String Teacher Association National Conference
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Thursday, March 7th
“How to Read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets for String Players”
Friday, March 8th
Panel: The Future of Music Now!
In addition to writing new music for Stratospheerius and other projects, I’ve had the honor to guest on some new projects with some of my favorite artists in the world. In 2019, look for upcoming releases with electric violin solos and string section contributions from artists including guitaristFernando Perdomo,Dave Kerner’s In Continuum, andThank You Scientist, among others.
Speaking of progressive music, the new “Symphonic Journey” live CD/DVD byAnnie Haslam and Renaissancehas been released, and features my quartet,Sweet Plantain, alongside some mind-blowing musicians. Order your copyHERE!
Joe Deninzon interview with Tom Hatton of Proglodytes
Interview with violin virtuoso Joe Deninzon
Joe Deninzon interview with Pete’s Rock and Views
JOE DENINZON SHEET MUSIC IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE!
SHOCK THERAPYFOR SOLO VIOLIN WITH BACKING TRACK
CD features members of Stratospheerius
If you buy the video and play it, please post photo/video/audio on social media with #playshocktherapy
Here’s a video of Stratospheerius playing an excerpt of the song:
“WHAT’S THAT THANG?” FOR STRING QUARTET
This one is not for the meek, but will certainly impress your audience! In a “swunk” style, a combination of swing and funk, the quartet is featured individually with written out solos for all (of course you can improvise your own, with changes in the parts).
If you buy the video and play it, please post photo/video/audio on social media with #playthatthang!
You can hear Sweet Plantain performing it at 7:20 in this video:
Peace and love,
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