Ladies & Gentlemen,
I proudly present to you the first official video off of Stratospheerius‘ upcoming CD, “Guilty of Innocence” on Melodic Revolution Records. This is our re-imagined version of Muse’s classic, “Hysteria!”
DENINZONEWS SUMMER 2017
THE LATEST ON VIOLINIST/COMPOSER/VOCALIST/MANDOLINIST JOE DENINZON
Hope you’re firing up the grill, cause this will be one SIZZLING summer!
So much to do, so much to say….
A new publishing deal, a new record deal, playing with Peter Criss, teaching at Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp, numerous other school/camp residencies, festival appearances, concerto performances, and I might even take a nap somewhere along the way!
JOE DENINZON SIGNS PUBLISHING DEAL WITH LUDWIG MASTERS
I am excited to announce that I’ve just signed a publishing deal with LudwigMasters Publications for the string quartet arrangement of my song, “What’s That Thang?” and a play-along CD of my song “Shock Therapy.”
You can hear Sweet Plantain performing my arrangement of “What’s That Thang” at 7:20 in this video:
Here’s Stratospheerius performing “Shock Therapy.” (The song, not the treatment, haha!)
I’ll be sure to let folks know as soon as these become available for sale. I look forward to working with Ludwig and hopefully releasing more arrangements in the future!
STRATOSPHEERIUS to RELASE NEW CD/SIGNS WITH MELODIC REVOLUTION RECORDS
Ladies & Gentlemen,
After 3 years of writing/recording, STRATOSPHEERIUS is will be releasing our new album, “Guilty of Innocence,” on September 29th, and we are proud to announce that we are signing a deal with Melodic Revolution Records, run by our good friend, Nick Katona!
Please like on Facebook!
In the next few weeks, we will be sending info on pre-orders/CD release parties, etc. So stay tuned…
Here’s a teaser: The cover was drawn by my 8-year old son, Max Deninzon.
We can’t tell you how proud we are of this album and cannot wait to unleash it upon the Earth! We really think you’ll dig it.
Friday June 9th, 7-8 PM
SWEET PLANTAIN with ANNA POVICH DE MAYOR
Em Lee Concert Hall at Turtle Bay Music School
244 East 52nd St. NYC
From the streets of Rio to the Concert Hall-
An evening of popular and Classical Latin American chamber music presented by flutist Anna Povich de Mayor
with special guests
Works by Villa Lobos, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Pixinguinha, and more
Sweet Plantain is:
Saturday, June 17th, 7:00 P.M.
JOE DENINZON performs with PETER CRISS (ORIGINAL DRUMMER from KISS!)
44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010
I am psyched be leading the string section for the legendary PETER CRISS (original KISS drummer) at The Cutting Room in NYC on June 17th with musical director Alex Salzman (Engineer for the upcoming Stratospheerius CD), with Patrice Jackson-Tilghman-cello, Katie Jacoby-violin, & Meg Okura-violin. Having been a rabid KISS fan since age 14, I know I’ll be pinching myself all day and this will be an experience I’ll never forget!
Friday, June 23rd
Sonic Voyage Fest presents
Friday, June 30th, 3-4 P.M.
Sign up TODAY!! www.mwroc.com
Sunday, July 16th
Joe Deninzon performance/clinic at Music
July 28-29th, Joe Deninzon Residency/Performance at Got Strings Summer Camp
I am honored and excited to be returning to work with the wonderful young string players led by Dierdre Edgell.
Souderton Mennonite Church
105 W. Chestnut St. Souderton, PA 18964
Performance on Saturday, July 29th.
10 A.M. performance with Orchestra.2 P.M. FREE Joe Deninzon solo performance
For more information, please visit http://gotstrings.com/summer-camp.html
August 28th-Sept 2nd, Residency at GRAND CANYON MUSIC FESTIVAL
ALL ABOUT VIOLINIST/VOCALIST/COMPOSER/MANDOLINIST
Happy Spring! Hope you are all continuing to stay positive, stand up for what you believe in, and spread love and beautiful vibrations throughout the universe. Here are some things I’ve already cooked and am currently in the process of cooking up for your consumption in the coming warm months:
Sycamore and SEE1
On February 24th, I returned for the third year in a row to Sycamore High School in Blue Ash, OH near Cincinnatti to work with the incredibly talented young musicians in SEE1 (Sycamore Electric Ensemble). Under the incredible direction of David Smarelli, the kids worked hard to prepare a two-hr concert of music by Stratospheerius, AC/DC, Heart, Aerosmith, Michael Jacks, Jean Lucianna Ponty, Fall Out Boy, Soundgarden, and more…
Mr. Smarelli is retiring after 35 years of teaching. I want to express my gratitude andwish him well. This was an inspiring collaboration I will never forget!
On March 4th, I gave a presentation on “How to Read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets” at the annual ASTA (American String Teachers Conference) in Pittsburg, PA. The topic is a gaping hole in the education of many string players and my class was well attended. Afterwards, I showed my gratitude to artist rep Lyris Hung and D’Addario for sponsoring my class by doing an impromptu performance at their booth. Here is what went down:
The world of Stratospheerius
Stratospheerius played two shows at Olive’s in Nyack (Feb 10th) and The Shrine in NYC (March 9th) billed as Night of the Living Shred, with two incredible bands, Ad Astra and Valence. We will be repeating this party at the Shrine on Halloween night, 2017. Stay tuned…
Stratospheerius also recently performed on March 18thwith Trio of Madness for their CD Release party at the NJ Proghouse at Roxy & Duke’s in Dunellen, NJ. Here are some pics from the show, courtesy of JP Fitzgerald:
We are currently negotiating a record deal with a very cool indy label (TBA) and are in the final mixing/editing stages of the last two songs on the record. Stay tuned for updated, samples, etc….
On March 8th, my new solo cello piece, “Fake 45,” was premiered by the incredible Craig Hultgren as part of the annual Composers Concordance Festival in NYC. Thank you to Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper for the opportunity. Video is forthcoming…
Upcoming Stratospheerius shows
Thursday, April 13th, 7:30 P.M.
Joe Deninzon returns to teach/perform at
When I was 17, I was a misfit at my high school A violin nerd who had a deep love for Led Zeppelin,. Rush, Kiss, ACDC, Zappa, and wanted to rock out! If only a camp like this existed when I was 17, I would have been all over it! I see my younger self in every kid who attends. There really is a familial atmosphere and I have made lasting friendships with campers, teachers, and fellow colleagues who are a part of this incredible experience! It is not just for string geeks; guitarists, bassists, singers, drummers, keyboard players, teachers and students of all ages are welcome! I can’t speak enough about what a game changer this week has been for so many musicians and can be for you! Mark Wood is a legendary player/teacher/composer in his own right and designed the 7-string Viper electric violin which I have been playing for two decades! I am honored and excited to be coming back for my 7th year as a faculty member at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp/Music Festival! Register today at:
Check out this excerpt of “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra,” by Joe Deninzon
Performed by Muncie Symphony Orchestra. musical Director, Douglas Droste.
DENINZONEWS WINTER 2017
The latest on Violinist/vocalist/composer/mandolinist Joe Deninzon
Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 was a crazy year, to say the least. With the divisive presidential election, and the tremendous losses in the the world of film and music, here’s hoping 2017 is a better year for all of us. I know it’s hard to be optimistic in these troubled times, but I Joe Deninzon, am a stubborn, idealistic, optimistic dreamer, proudly so til my dying day!
On a personal level, I got to do some very cool things in 2016 for which I am grateful:
I ran the NYC Marathon for the first time, had some incredibly inspiring residencies at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Highland School in Medina, OH, Sycamore HS in Cincinnatti, OH. Another great year teaching and playing at Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp. Unforgettable performances by Sweet Plantain in NYC, NJ, St. John, St. Thomas, Grand Canyon. Performances with Circuline at ROSfest. Stratospheerius Midwest tours and appearances in Maine, NY, NJ, Connecticut.
This year promises more touring with Sweet Plantain and Stratospheerius, more studio work, collaborations, residencies and teaching opportunities, and … (drumroll please), the release of the new STRATOSPHEERIUS CD (hopefully) in the fall. Stay tuned…
I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy 2017! Stand up for what you believe in, try to talk to people you may not necessarily agree with, communicate and spread love, and always seek inspiration and never lose hope.
Joe Deninzon Electric Violin Concerto
In September of 2015, I played the world premier of my “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra,” With the Muncie Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Douglas Droste. After a lengthy editing process and clearance from the orchestra’s management, I can now share this highlight reel of the concerto. I am working on getting the piece played by many different players and orchestras worldwide. Stay tuned for updates! If you would like to see/hear the whole 30-minute performance, please contact me.
Saturday, January 28th
SWEET PLANTAIN performs @
715 Grand Ave
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Thursday, Feb 9th 7 P.M.
Bergen Arts presents Sweet Plantain @ Saint Peter’s University
St. Aedan’s Parish
800 Bergen Ave.
Jersey City, NJ
Friday, Feb 10th
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHRED!
Featuring STRATOSPHEERIUS, AD ASTRA and VALENCE
Friday, Feb 10th. 10 PM-2 AM
118 N Main St.
Thursday, March 9th
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHRED!
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, NY 10030
For these shows, STRATOSPHEERIUS IS:
Joe Deninzon/electric violin/lead vocals/mandolin
Jamie Bishop/Gary Pickard-bass
Friday, February 24th, Joe Deninzon residency/performance with Sycamore HS Electric Ensemble in Blue Ash, OH.
For the third year in a row, I am psyched to return to Sycamore HS in Cincinnatti to rock out with the SEE1 band and perform music by Fallout Boy, Aerosmith, Heart, ACDC, Pink Floyd, Soundgarden, and Stratospheerius!
Friday, Feb 24th 7:30 P.M.
Sycamore High School
7400 Cornell Rd.
Montgomery, OH 45242
Saturday, March 4th. Joe Deninzon returns to ASTA conference
The ASTA (American String Teachers Association) conference is like the NAMM show for string geeks. I have been honored to be asked back for the sixth time to to a workshop there. This year, I will be demonstrating to string players how to read chord charts and lead sheets, a skill I feel is severely lacking among string players and greatly in need for all musicians!
My workshop will be on Saturday, March 4th at 8:15 AM
at David L Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA
1000 Ft Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
For more information, please visit www.astaweb.com/NationalConference
JOE DENINZON NEW SOLO LOOP VIDEOS
I recently recorded a bunch of solo electric violin loop videos. Here are the first two finished edits: DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean,” and (in honor of his 75th birthday), Chick Corea’s “Armando’s Rhumba.”
CAKE BY THE OCEAN by DNCE
ARMANDO’S RHUMBA by Chick Corea
Give the string player in your life new abilities to rock out and blow people’s minds!
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