DENINZONEWS SUMMER 2017

DENINZONEWS SUMMER 2017

DENINZONEWS SUMMER 2017

THE LATEST ON VIOLINIST/COMPOSER/VOCALIST/MANDOLINIST JOE DENINZON

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YO CATS!

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz2nwo5rB2w

Here’s Stratospheerius performing “Shock Therapy.” (The song, not the treatment, haha!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2OftiKL48E

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,

IT’S OFFICIAL!

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.

UPCOMING SHOWS

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-series-concert-anna-povich-de-mayor-flute-tickets-34806233381/amp

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

Sweet Plaintain String Quartet

Works by Villa Lobos, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Pixinguinha, and more

Sweet Plantain is:

Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone

Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin

Orlando Wells-viola

Leo Grinhauz-cello

 

Saturday, June 17th, 7:00 P.M.

JOE DENINZON performs with PETER CRISS (ORIGINAL DRUMMER from KISS!)

Cutting Room

44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010

http://thecuttingroomnyc.com

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!

http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/1470513/?utm_source=fb1

Friday, June 23rd

Sonic Voyage Fest presents

Stratospheerius, Trio of Madness, and Thrilldriver at Olive’s

118 N Main St. Nyack, NY
10 P.M.
On 6/23, Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon-Viper 7-string electric violin/mandolin/lead vocals
Michelangelo Quirinale-guitar/vocals
Paul Ranieri-bass/vocals
Jason Gianni-drums/vocals

Friday, June 30th, 3-4 P.M.

Workshop/concert with string students at Dwight Englewood School.
315 E Palisade Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631

July 9-15th,

MARK WOOD ROCK ORCHESTRA CAMP MUSIC FESTIVAL

I am honored to be returning to teach and perform at the 8th annual Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp & Music Festival.
Mark Wood is a pioneer in the electric string world, bothers a player, educator, and inventor of my weapon of choice, the 7-string “Viper” violin. If you are a string player (or any instrumentalist) interested in exploring the world of rock, improv, jazz, funk, blues, learning about electronics and recording technology, songwriting, stage presence, music business, and much more, I guarantee you will not find a camp like this ANYWHERE in the world! I am also blessed to be surrounded by such inspiring colleagues/teachers, like Val Vigoda, Dr. David Wallace, Chuck Bontrager, Matt Vanacoro, and Greg Byers.

Sign up TODAY!! www.mwroc.com

Sunday, July 16th

Joe Deninzon performance/clinic at  Music

Workshop 4-5 P.M.
Concert 6-7 PM
Faith Renewal Church
2000 N. Maize Rd.Wichita,KS 67212
For more information, please visit

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 visihttp://gotstrings.com/summer-camp.html

August 28th-Sept 2nd, Residency at GRAND CANYON MUSIC FESTIVAL

Once again, I will be returning to the Grand Canyon to teach the School of Rock program I co-founded in 2007, alongside my partners in crime; guitarist Steve Benson and local music teacher Bentley Monk.
On Friday, Sept 1st, Steve and I will join harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio at the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim to perform some blues, jazz, rock, and classical crossover music.
On Saturday, Sept 2nd, I will be joined by pianist Jon Klibonoff to perform selections from my Electric Violin Concerto, which I premiered with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in 2015, as well as other original music for electric violin. Here are excerpts of the premiere, under the baton of Douglas Droste:

PERFORMANCES with ROBERT BONFIGLIO,
GRAND CANYON SCHOO OF ROCK, ELECTRIC VIOLIN CONCERTO with JON KLIBONOFF
 
Hope to see you out there.
Have a great summer!!
 
Love,
-JD

DENINZONEWS SPRING 2017

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JOE DENINZON

SPRING 2017

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Greetings!

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:

WHAT’S COOKED

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!

Asta 2017

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….

FAKE 45

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…

WHAT’S COOKING

Upcoming Stratospheerius shows

Thursday, April 13th, 7:30 P.M.

 89 N Ocean Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
 
Friday, June 23rd, 10 PM
 
Stratospheerius, Trio of Madness, & Thrilldriver
118 North Main St.
Nyack, NY
 
Stratospheerius to Perform at PROGTOBERFEST 2017 IN CHICAGO!
 
An amazing festival that is quickly becoming the premier prog rock festival in the Midwest! We are honored to be on the bill alongside great artists like Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, Mike Keneally, Nick D’Virgillio, Randy McStine, Thank You Scientist, and Consider the Source!
 
Our set is on Saturday Night October 21st at 6 PM.
2105 South State St.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-949-0120
 
LIKE us on FACEBOOK
 
FOLLOW us on TWITTER
 
Stratospheerius musicians include:
 
Joe Deninzon-electric violin/lead vocals/mandolin
Aurelien Budynek-Michelangelo Quirenale-guitar
Jamie Bishop/Gary Pickard/Paul Ranieri-bass
Lucianna Padmore/Jason Gianni/Keny Grohowski/Patrick Carmichael-drums
 
You never know who’s gonna show up…
 

EDUCATION STATION

 
Thank you to STRINGS MAGAZINE for publishing my essay, “10 Tips for the 21st Century String Player” this past month. Read it HERE!
 

Joe Deninzon returns to teach/perform at 

Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp/Festival

July 9th-15th

Mark Wood

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:

WWW.MWROC.COM

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.

See ya out there!
 
Love and peace,
-JD 
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DENINZONEWS WINTER 2017

DENINZONEWS WINTER 2017

The latest on Violinist/vocalist/composer/mandolinist Joe Deninzon

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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.

GENERAL NEWS

STRATOSPHEERIUS is NOW on TWITTER. Follow us www.twitter.com/@stratospheerius

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.

UPCOMING SHOWS

Saturday, January 28th

SWEET PLANTAIN performs @

January THAW Music Festival

715 Grand Ave

Hackettstown, NJ 07840

https://www.facebook.com/events/343643429351682/

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1192242457523379/

www.sweetplantain.com

www.facebook.com/sweetplantain

www.twitter.com/@sweetplantain

Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals

Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone

Leo Grinhauz-cello

Orlando Wells-viola

Friday, Feb 10th

“NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHRED!

Featuring STRATOSPHEERIUS, AD ASTRA and VALENCE

Friday, Feb 10th. 10 PM-2 AM

Olive’s

118 N Main St.

Nyack, NJ

https://www.facebook.com/events/711897165629545/https://www.facebook.com/events/253974885032457/

Thursday, March 9th

“NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHRED!

STRATOSPHEERIUS, AD ASTRA and VALENCE

8-11 PM

THE SHRINE

2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

New York, NY 10030

https://www.facebook.com/events/1242280195864488/

For these shows, STRATOSPHEERIUS IS:

Joe Deninzon/electric violin/lead vocals/mandolin

Lucianna Padmore-drums

Jamie Bishop/Gary Pickard-bass

Michelangelo Quirenale-guitar

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

Sweet Plantain performing on “The Sound Rom.” 9/19/16
WEEU Reading, PA
the sound room featuring sweet plantain

Give the string player in your life new abilities to rock out and blow people’s minds!

ORDER “JOE DENINZON’S BOOK/DVD/CD “PLUGGING IN” FROM MEL BAY PUBLICATIONS

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Hope to see you all out there at my shows!
 
Rock on!
-JD
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DENINZONEWS FALL 2016

DENINZONEWS FALL 2016

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Greetings!

Hope you had a great summer! It’s been a truly stellar one for me filled with incredible experiences I will never forget! Highlights include my 6th return to teaching at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Olathe, KS, truly one of the weeks I look forward to every year. I also got a chance to meet and perform with some amazing local musicians in Vail, CO in July, courtesy of Howard Stone and the Vail Jazz Society. Just this past week, I had a chance once again to perform with #TheBoss, Bruce Springsteen at Metlife Stadium, as part of an all-star string section which featured Todd Reynolds, Sam Bardfeld, Mazz Swift, Sarah Caswell, Rachel Golub, Janey Choi, and Joyce Hammann. Hearing the roar of 50,000 people when we hit the stage was an out-of-body experience, plus performing with an artist who I can cite among my top 5 biggest musical influences of all time! I am grateful for all these great moments, and looking forward to the cool stuff happening this fall. 

I am writing this from my hotel room in Tusayan Village near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where I just finished teaching the 10th year of the Grand Canyon School of Rock program I co-founded in 2006, followed by another performance with renowned harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio and the guitar god Steve Benson.

The next few weeks are filled with more highlights, including Sweet Plantain’s return to the NACAP (Native American Composers Apprentice Project) and the Grand Canyon Music Festival, a residency in Reading, PA followed by performances in Baltimore and Kentucky, Stratospheerius opening for Alex Skolnick in Asbury Park and touring the Midwest with Circuline and Cell15 as part of the Sonic Voyages Prog Rock Festival, studio project, and much much more..

 

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Upcoming shows in NYC, NJ, Ohio, PA,Maryland, Kentucky,, Arizona, and more…!

Grand Canyon Music Festival/School of Rock/NACAP with Sweet Plantain and Robert Bonfiglio Group

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For 17 years now, I have been coming back to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, to take part in the Grand Canyon Music Festival. I started out just performing with its co-founder, world-renowned harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio. In 2006, my friend Chris Millateri and I had an idea to get the local community in Grand Canyon Village more connected to the festival. With the invaluable help of Rene Westbrook, who got  the grants,  The Grand Canyon School of Rock was born!
 
This is truly a passion project of mine. My partner guitarist Steve Benson, the local high school music teacher Bentley Monk, and I work with kids from Grand Canyon HS, many of whom are novice musicians, and put a band together in 3 days, culminating in two 45-minute performances at the end of the week.
 
Last year, my group Sweet Plantain made its festival debut,  taking part in both the Grand Canyon Music Festival and the NACAP (Native American Composers Apprentice Program). This year we are honored to return. In addition to performing two concerts of our music, we will be traveling throughout the Navajo, Havasupai and Hopi reservations, where local kids spent time learning to write and notate music, and will be performing a free concert of their original works on Sunday September 4th. This program has been around for over a decade, is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and won the President’s Award for it’s success.
 
All concerts take place at the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim, Grand Canyon Village. Here’s the schedule:
 
 

Friday, September 2nd, 7:30 P.M.

Saturday, September 3rd, 7:30 P.M.

Sweet Plantain perform at Shrine of the Ages
 

Sunday, September 4th, 5 P.M.

NACAP final performance.
Performing original compositions by Native students written for string quartet.
 
Parts of these concerts will be broadcast on PBS Radio
 

Upcoming STRATOSPHEERIUS shows. Sonic Voyages tour, and more!

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WWW.STRATOSPHEERIUS.COM

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/STRATOSPHEERIUS

This fall, I am honored to have one of the best-ever lineups of Stratospheerius.

These guys are incredible! DO NOT miss these shows!

Aurelien Budynek-guitar (Cindy Blackman Santanna, Rock of Ages, Daredevil Squadron, the Dan Band)

Randy McStine-bass (LoFi Resistance, The Fringe, Stu Hamm)

Jason Gianni-drums (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock of AgesDaredevil Squadron, Mark Wood band)

Wednesday, September 14th, 7:30 P.M.

Opening for Alex Skolnick Trio at The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ)

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Alex Skolnick is a guitar legend, best known for his work with Testament in the early 90’s through today, plus his time with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and numerous other projects. I was fortunate to befriend Alex in the early 2000’s when I was teaching at the New School and he was there studying Jazz guitar. He played in Stratospheerius for 3 years and recorded on two of our albums: “The Adventures of Stratospheerius and “Live Wires. It will be a thrill to share the stage with him again and open for his incredible band!

https://www.facebook.com/events/169742536790677/

STRATOSPHEERIUS, CIRCULINE, AND CELL 15 EMBARK ON SONIC VOYAGE FEST!

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What started out as a three-band gig has turned a traveling music festival!

Circuline, Stratospheerius, and Cell15 are on tap for fall Sonic Voyage Fests. Look for the Festival to hit Gullifty’s in Camp Hill, PA on September 28, Wilberts in Cleveland, OH on September 29, Sodbuster in Sylvania, OH on September 30, and Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton, NY on October 1.

Sonic Voyage Fest’s purpose is to create a night of music that dazzles with virtuosity, ignites the senses, and pushes boundaries. Writes ProgSheet’s editor John A. Wilcox, “Sonic Voyage Fest was like General Tso’s chicken: spicy, filling, and I already want more!”

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Wednesday, September 28th

Gullifty’s in Camp Hill, PA

https://www.facebook.com/events/636021929897751/

 

Thursday, September 29th

Wilberts in Cleveland, OH

https://www.facebook.com/events/1748494098736924/

 

Friday, September 30th

Sodbuster in Sylvania, OH

https://www.facebook.com/events/1810324092524155/

 

Oct 1,  Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton, NY

https://www.facebook.com/events/102347393542664/

Sweet Plantain Residency in Reading, PA and performances in Maryland and Kentucky

SWEET PLANTAIN OCT 2014 PROMO SHOT

Wednesday, October 21st

WXAC’s Concert Series @ The Pond, 6-7:30 P.M.

Reading, PA

https://www.facebook.com/events/1221717494539503/

Friday, October 14th, 8 P.M.

Weinberger Center for the Arts

Frederick, MD

https://www.facebook.com/events/191287581289918/

Tuesday, October 25th, 7:30-9:30 P.M.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts

Madisonville, KY

https://www.facebook.com/events/946020202174681/

Sweet Plantain is:

Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals

Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone

Leo Grinhauz-cello

Orlando Wells-viola

www.sweetplantain.com

www.facebook.com/sweetplantain

Joe Deninzon other performances

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

Performing with clarinetist David Krakauer and Ancestral String Band with Sarah Caswell

The Stone

200 E. 10th St. #126

New York, NY

JOE DENINZON GUEST APPEARANCES/RECORDING PROJECTS

In the past year, I had the pleasure of guesting on numerous cool and exciting recording projects, many of which have seen their release in the past few months. Here are some highlights:

Bella D-The Crystal Ceiling

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Here’s a project I worked on last year! I did most of the string arranging and playing, plus my dear friend the late great David Gotay plays a beautiful cello solo on “Dio Solitaire de la Notte.” The singer is Bella D and the music is intense, honest hard rock that tells an incredible story of what she overcame in recent years. Produced by drummer Charlie Zeleny. Check it out!

Order here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-crystal-ceiling/id1106980542

Tiles-Pretending 2 Run

PRETENDING 2 RUN

TILES is a renowned, Detroit-based progressive rock group, now in its second decade, which has toured with the likes of Dream Theater, and has done some shows with Stratospheerius. I am honored to be included on their new album, alongside such luminaries as Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, as well as Mike Portnoy! Look for some upcoming shows with both of our bands.

Order here:

https://www.discogs.com/Tiles-Pretending-2-Run/release/8320478

Pitts/Minneman Project

Jimmy Pitts is a composer/keyboard virtuoso out of Detroit. This is my second time as a guest on one of his albums, alongside legendary drummer Marco Minneman (Eddie Jobson, Joe Satriani, Buddy Rich, Paul Gilbert, Terry Bozzio). I play on the song “A Faint Beautiful Glow,” which closes out the album.

Jimmy Pitts Psychic Planetarium

Order here:

https://jimmypitts.bandcamp.com/album/the-psychic-planetarium

Circuline: Return

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Circuline is a new prog band that I have had the pleasure to record and perform with. This is their debut album, released last year.. Check out the song “Silence Revealed,’ masterfully written by my friend Randy McStine.

Check out the video for the song here:

Check out 3 of the latest songs from Stratospheerius! Our last single, “Take Your Medicine,” is getting rave responses and trending on Reverbnation.com

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Give the string player in your life new abilities to rock out and blow people’s minds!

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STRATOSPHEERIUS video for “One Foot in the Next World”
 
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DENINZONEWS SUMMER 2016

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The latest on violinist/vocalist/mandolinist/composer Joe Deninzon

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YO!

Happy SUMMER!! Looks to be the most sizzling, scorching, hottest summer on record! Musically and otherwise…

These past two months have brought me some definite career highlights and moments I will never forget.

 

In April, Sweet Plantain toured the U.S. Virgin Islands, with successful performances in St. John and St. Thomas.

Following that string of shows, we finished tracking our upcoming CD, and are currently in post-production.

On May 7th, I made my ROSfest debut, sitting in with the incredible band, Circuline, on their song “Silence Revealed!”

Stratospheerius hit the studio the following week, recording two new songs, and making strides towards completion of our upcoming CD!

On May 4-5th, I was honored to work with the talented orchestra players in Highland Schools in Medina, OH (Suburb of my hometown of Cleveland!). I love doing these residencies where I get to inspire and be inspired by talented young musicians, and perform my originals and arrangements of classic and modern rock with the school orchestra. Thank you to Rachel Gamin for the incredible work she does with these kids and for giving me the opportunity to work with them!

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Finally, on May 20th and 21st, I performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of an incredible program titled “America’s Unforgettable Crooners!” I was featured in the show, and got to perform with some of the most talented young cats I’ve ever met, including the incomparable musical director/drummer Bryan Carter (Leader of the house band on the new NBC show, Maya and Marty), singer/trumpeter Benny Banack III, Charles Turner, and Denzal Sinclair! Definitely a career highlight for me!

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Upcoming shows in NYC, NJ, Maine, Connecticut, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, and more!

Friday, June 10th

10 P.M.-1 A.M.

Joe Deninzon Jazz Group performs at Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten

Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals

Steve Benson-guitar

Ben Gramm-drums

Paul Ranieri-bass

Sunday, June 12th, 6 P.M.

Sweet Plantain performs our annual FREE concert at West Side Community Garden

SWEET PLANTAIN OCT 2014 PROMO SHOT

89th St. between Amsterdam and Columbus in NYC.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1580538232261673/

Sweet Plantain is:

Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals

Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone

Leo Grinhauz-cello

Orlando Wells-viola

www.sweetplantain.com

www.facebook.com/sweetplantain

Thursday, June 16th

Sonic Voyage Fest featuring Stratospheerius and Shadow Eden

at Sully’s Pub

SONIC VOYAGE FEST JUNE 16 SULLYS IN CT

https://www.facebook.com/shadoweden/photos/a.247517099035.136449.230675524035/10154248382319036/?type=3&theater

 2071 Park St, Hartford, CT 06106

(860) 231-8881

Stratospheerius returns to Harmony, ME for Freedomfest!

www.mainevocals.net

2 performances:

Friday, June 17th, 8 P.M.

Saturday, June 18th, 7 P.M. 

71 Carson Hill Road,
Harmony, Maine

Stratospheerius is:

Joe Deninzon-lead vocals/electric violn

Michelangelo Quirenale-guitar

Paul Ranieri-bass

Kenny Grohowski-drums

www.stratospheerius.com

www.facebook.com/stratospheerius

Joe Deninzon returns to teach/perform at

Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp/Festival

June 10th-17th

Mark Wood

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! I am honored and excited to be coming back for my 6th year as a faculty member at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp/Music Festival! Register today at:

WWW.MWROC.COM

Joe Deninzon performs in Vail, CO for Jazz at the

Market Series with Mark Diamond Trio

Sunday, July 23rd

12-3 P.M.

I am honored to be invited by the Vail Jazz Society to perform at this awesome weekly series in downtown Vail, CO with three of Colorado’s greatest jazz musicians!

Mark Diamond (bass)

Paul Romaine (drums)

Andy Weyl (keyboard).

 

Vail Jazz @ The Market

 

Sweet Plantain returns to Grand Canyon Music Festival

School of Rock/Bonfiglio Group

Bella G

Tiles

Pitts Minneman

 

Grand Canyon Music Festival/School of Rock/NACAP with Sweet Plantain and Robert Bonfiglio Group

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For 17 years now, I have been coming back to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, to take part in the Grand Canyon Music Festival. I started out just performing with its co-founder, world-renowned harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio. In 2006, my friend Chris Millateri and I had an idea to get the local community in Grand Canyon Village more connected to the festival. With the invaluable help of Rene Westbrook, who got the the grants,  The Grand Canyon School of Rock was born! This will be our 8th year!
 
This is truly a passion project of mine. My partner guitarist Steve Benson, the local high school music teacher Bentley Monk, and I work with kids from Grand Canyon HS, many of whom are novice musicians, and put a band together in 3 days, culminating in two 45-minute performances at the end of the week.
 
Last year, my group Sweet Plantain made its festival debut,  taking part in both the Grand Canyon Music Festival and the NACAP (Native American Composers Apprentice Program). This year we are honored to return. In addition to performing two concerts of our music, we will be traveling throughout the Navajo, Havasupai and Hopi reservations, where local kids spent time learning to write and notate music, and will be performing a free concert of their original works on Sunday September 4th. This program has been around for over a decade, is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and won the President’s Award for it’s success.
 
All concerts take place at the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim, Grand Canyon Village. Here’s the schedule:
 
Friday, August 26th, 7:30 P.M.
Robert Bonfiglio Birthday Concert with Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin, Steve Benson-guitar, and surprise guests!
 
Friday, September 2nd, 7:30 P.M.
Saturday,September 3rd, 7:30 P.M.
Sweet Plantain perform at Shrine fo the Ages
 
Sunday, September 4th, 5 P.M.
NACAP final performance
 

JOE DENINZON GUEST APPEARANCES/RECORDING PROJECTS

In the past year, I had the pleasure of guesting on numerous cool and exciting recording projects, many of which have seen their release in the past few months. Here are some highlights:

Bella D-The Crystal Ceiling

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Here’s aI worked on last year! I did most of the string arranging and playing, plus my dear friend the late great David Gotay plays a beautiful cello solo on “Dio Solitaire de la Notte.” The singer is Bella D and the music is intense, honest hard rock that tells an incredible story of what she overcame in recent years. Produced by drummer Charlie Zeleny. Check it out!

Order here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-crystal-ceiling/id1106980542

Tiles-Pretending 2 Run

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TILES is a renowned, Detroit-based progressive rock group, now in it’s second decade, which has toured with the lies of Dream Theater, and has done some shows with Stratospheerius. I am honored to be included on their new album, alongside such luminaries as Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, as well as Mike Portnoy! Look for some upcoming shows with both of our bands.

Order here:

https://www.discogs.com/Tiles-Pretending-2-Run/release/8320478

Pitts/Minneman Project

Jimmy Pitts is a composer/keyboard virtuoso out of Detroit. This is my second time as a guest on one of his albums, alongside legendary drummer Marco Minneman (Eddie Jobson, Joe Satriani, Buddy Rich, Paul Gilbert, Terry Bozzio). I play on the song “A Faint Beautiful Glow,” which closes out the album.

Jimmy Pitts Psychic Planetarium

Order here:

https://jimmypitts.bandcamp.com/album/the-psychic-planetarium

Circuline:Return

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Circuline is a new prog band that I have had the pleasure to record and perform with. This is their debut album, released last year.. Check out the song “Silence Revealed,’ masterfully written by my friend Randy McStine.

Check out the video for the song here:

Check out 3 of the latest songs from Stratospheerius! Our last single, “Take Your Medicine,” is getting rave responses and trending on Reverbnation.com

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Give the string player in your life new abilities to rock out and blow people’s minds!

ORDER “JOE DENINZON’S BOOK/DVD/CD “PLUGGING IN” FROM MEL BAY PUBLICATIONS

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STRATOSPHEERIUS video for “One Foot in the Next World”
 
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