Photo by Amanda Continental
Read the new review of Stratospheerius video, “Impostor!” at www.sonicperspectives.com
The Story of Storm Surge
A little over a year ago, my son Max was playing a short piano piece by 19th century composer Friedrich Burgmüller, called “The Storm.” The piece was stuck in my head because I would hear him practicing it every day. I started to imagine it as a rock power ballad and began to sketch out a slowed down version with the basic chord changes and structure.
I had no lyrics, but I showed it to my band and we laid down the rhythm tracks in May of 2019. Long story short, we got backed up with other projects and here we are a year later!
I was imagining a cello replacing the ostinato part played by the left hand on the piano, so I asked my friend Ruti Celli, who I met on Cruise to the Edge last year when we played with Dave Kerzner and In Continuum, to contribute her beautiful part.
Our drummer, Jason Gianni, has a sketch of a song he never finished that he thought would be a perfect fit as an insert to the song. I layered a huge string orchestra on top of that section and recruited the great Fernando Perdomo to lay down a soaring guitar solo.
Next, I was hearing a flute during the breakdown section that followed. We have never had a flute, or any woodwinds for that matter, on one of our recordings! I asked the genius multi-instrumentalist Rachel Flowers to play flute and lay down a piano track for the song. Rachel has been blind since age 3 and plays piano, flute, bass, guitar, drums, stick, sings, and records and mixes her own albums! I’ve meet and worked with hundreds of talented people in my career, but don’t think I have ever met a person with this level of talent! Check out the documentary about her, “Hearing is Believing,” on Amazon Prime.
Finally, I’ve been into the idea of using outside singers in Stratospheerius. Up until his time, I have always been the lead vocalist. The new album we are slowly putting together will have feature many special guests.
We’ve been longtime fans of the 80’s Canadian band “Saga,” bee known for their hits “Wind Him Up” and “One The Loose.” When we played the afterparty at Progstock back in 2018, Saga’s lead singer Michael Sadler caught our set after his performance at the festival, and was raving about the band! We were incredibly humbled to receive such words of encouragement from such an iconic artist in the world of prog.
We felt Michael’s voice would be perfect for this song! He ended up contributing a jaw-dropping vocal performance, enhancing the melody, and adding Queenesque harmonies. As a side note, he and his wife Gwen turned out to be some of the nicest and most gracious people I have ever worked with!
So in the end, the song is a writing collaboration between myself, Friedrich Burgmüller, Jason Gianni, and Michael Sadler.
Storm Surge is about the anxiety we all feel in these uncertain times. With the global pandemic, racism and the continuing struggle for social justice, climate change, political upheaval, economic turmoil, and a future of uncertainty, there is a storm that’s raging inside of us right now.
This Saturday, Stratospheerius will be live-streaming our first full band performance since March. Thank you to our friend Matt Vanacoro for letting us use his studio! The performance will culminate with the WORLD PREMIER of the STORM SURGE video!
You can purchase tickets for the event HERE:
And HERE is the Facebook event for ALL the performances in this series. We encourage you to support all of these renowned artists!
We hope you are able to tune in!
Stay safe and strong.
JD & Stratos
September 12th, Livestream for Virtual Progstock/World premier of new song with Michael Sadler from Saga!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On Saturday, September 12th at 8 P.M., we will be livestreaming a 90-min LIVE performance for the Virtual Progstock Festival. This will be the first time the band has played in one room together in 6 months! Our live performance will culminate with the WORLD PREMIER of our new song, “Storm Surge,” co-written by and featuring guest vocalist Michael Sadler from legendary Canadian prog rockers Saga, Rachel Flowers, Ruti Celli, and Fernando Perdomo. Don’t Miss it!
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius new single, Frame by Frame available NOW from Melodic Revolution Records!
FRAME BY FRAME
The new single by Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
Available for public consumption on May 1st, 2020.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
If you live in the Tri-state area, you don’t wanna miss this string of
shows coming up next week with our label mates from Melodic Revolution
Here are all the details of the upcoming shows:
Wednesday, March 11 Debonair Music Hall
1409 Queen Anne Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Thursday, March 12 Bushwick Public House
1288 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Friday, March 13th NJ Proghouse
Roxy & Dukes
745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ 08812\
We look forward to seeing you at these shows! Thank you for supporting
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the roaring twenties!
Highlights of 2019:
MAJOR discounts on CD’s. vinyl, mugs, t-shirts, and more!
LIMITED TIME Sale ends at the end of January!
BUY A MUG, send us your Mug shots, and we will post on our instagram!
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.”
BUY SHEET MUSIC HERE!
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!
Enjoy sipping your morning coffee in these sleek mugs with our logo, a shape of the Viper electric violin, and bow!
Order yours TODAY! https://stratospheerius.bandcamp.com/merch/stratospheerius-mugs
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.