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DENINZONEWS SEPTEMBER 2015: THE LATEST ON VIOLINIST/VOCALIST/COMPOSER JOE DENINZON

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DENINZONEWS SEPT 2015: The Latest on Violinist/Vocalist/Composer JOE DENINZON

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Dear friends,
I hope you’re having some adventures this summer and making great memories. Summer is winding down, and it’s been an incredible ride for me so far! Some very special things brewing in late August and in the fall. Here’s a look at where I’ve been and where I’m going:
July found me returning again to the incredible electric rock string nerd wonderland that is the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Olathe, KS. This year has to have been one of the best so far, with my longtime friend Mazz Swift  joining the faculty, as well as the incredible Haydn Vitera, who I call the “Carlos Santana of the electric violin”, being another addition to the family. I can’t say it enough, this camp really is a family; people who are primarily string players from all over the U.S. and other parts of the world, who have a deep passion for rock, electric strings, and pushing musical boundaries. It is always a beautiful experience, so much so that people stay in touch and come back year after year! Incredible camaraderie between the students and the faculty, which I am so blessed to be a part of. Here are some pics of me channeling Peter Gabriel while performing “Watcher of the Skies” with the incrombarable keyboardist/tech guru Matt Vanacoro, the great Laura Kaye and bassist Paul Ranieri as well as shots from my solo faculty performance. Hope to see you all next year! www.mwroc.com
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The following week, I came home to Cleveland, where I grew up, but hadn’t performed in a few years, put together an incredible band of local musicians, and played to a full house at Nighttown! Thanks to everyone who came out: old friends, new friends, family, etc. Thank you to Nighttown, Jim Wadsworth for organizing the show, and my partners in crime, guitarist Dan Wilson, bassist Alferdo Gerierri, and drummer Billy Ransom. Here’s an excellent article that came out during the week leading up to the show from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
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JOE DENINZON/SWEET PLANTAIN TO PERFORM AT THE GRAND CANYON MUSIC FESTIVAL

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For 16 years now (holy shit!!), I have been coming back to one of the Seven 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 funding,  The Grand Canyon School of Rock was born! This will be our 8th year!
This is truly a passion project of mine. I work alongside guitarist Steve Benson, the local high school music teacher Bentley Monk. Together, we work with kids from Grand Canyon HS, many of whom are novice musicians. We put a band together in 3 days, culminating in two 45-minute performances at the end of the week.
I can honestly say that in my professional life, the two weeks that I look forward to the most each year are MWROC and the Grand Canyon Music Festival.
This year, I am happy to announce that for the first time, my group Sweet Plantain will be taking part in both the Grand Canyon Music Festival and the NACAP (Native American Composers Apprentice Program). In addition to performing two concerts of our music, we will be traveling throughout the Navajo 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 August 6th.
It all happens at the Shrine of the Ages. South Rim, Grand Canyon Village. Here’s the schedule:
Thursday, September 3rd
7:30 P.M.
Robert Bonfiglio-harmonica
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Steve Benson-guitar
$15 admission
Friday, September 4th
4:00 P.M.
Grand Canyon School of Rock performance.
FREE to the public!
Friday, September 4th
7:30 P.M.
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Orlando Wells-violin
Edward Hardy-viola
Leo Grinhauz-cello
$15 admission
Saturday, September 5th
7:30 P.M.
Sweet Plantain performs
Sunday, September 6th
4:00 P.M.
Sweet Plantain NACAP performance
FREE to the public!

September 19th World Premier Joe Deninzon “Dream Diary” Electric Violin Concerto!!

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It’s official! I will be premiering my electric violin concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. here is the official press release:
MSO Presents the World Premiere of Joe Deninzon’s
“Dream Diary: Concerto for 7-String Electric Violin and Orchestra”
Hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” Joe Deninzon will be performing his seven-string electric violin concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, September 19, at 4:00PM.  This performance takes place in Sursa Hall on the campus of Ball State University. Sursa Hall is located at 1809 W. Riverside Ave., in Muncie, IN.
For ticket info, please call the Emens Box Office at 765-285-1539.
A 14-time BMI Jazz Composer’s grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting contest, Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock group Stratospheerius, which had its fifth album, THE NEXT WORLD released on Steve Vai’s Digital Nations. Joe is also a member of the Latin classical hip hop string quartet, Sweet Plantain. His work as a violinist and string arranger can be heard on over 100 CDs and jingles. Mr. Deninzon has worked with Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, and dozens of other projects.
As an educator, Joe has taught rock violin at Mark O’Connor’s String Camp and Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp. Mel Bay Publications released his book, PLUGGING IN on electric violin technique. Joe holds Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Jazz Violin from Indiana University and a Master’s in Jazz/Commercial violin from Manhattan School of Music.
“Dream Diary” was inspired, in part, by Joe’s roots in studying classical music and falling in love with ‘80s/’90s guitar virtuosos such as Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt.
Stating his best ideas come to him when he dreams, Joe’s “Dream Diary” concerto offers surreal imagery and is “very dream-like.” In the concerto, Joe also uses rock guitar effects on his violin such as distortion, delay, whammies, wah-wah, and loops.
Appreciating his style and passion, MSO Artistic Director / conductor, Douglas Droste, approached Deninzon with an idea for a concerto for rock violin and orchestra. “I cannot wait to bring this concerto to Muncie, with the hopes that it will attract new audiences and give our long-time concertgoers a new twist on an old genre.”
Also on the program are Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide Overture” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.” As part of the  3:00PM pre-concert talk, Mr. Deninzon will share more about his work.
About Muncie Symphony Orchestra 
Founded in 1948, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra seeks to provide its audience with rewarding musical experiences and to promote social exchange among attendees of the musical events. As an organization that celebrates the cultural vibrancy of East Central Indiana, the MSO uses music as a way to engage, educate, entertain and enrich through traditional classical and pops concerts, children’s concert, chamber events, and community engagement programs.

Sweet Plantain performs at David Gotay Memorial Concert

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On April 3rd, 2015, our dear friend and colleague, cellist/composer David Gotay, lost his battle with kidney cancer. He was an incredible talent and  beautiful soul who can never be replaced. Not a day goes by that we don’t remember David. On September 22nd, there will be a Memorial Concert for David Gotay, featuring Gene Pritzger’s Sound Liberation, Sweet Plantain, , and many other artists. Here’s all the info:
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at 7pm

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85 Avenue A
(between 5th & 6th Streets)
New York, NY 10009

Stratospheerius New Single, ‘TAKE YOUR MEDICINE.” and other singles

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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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Joe Deninzon-electric violin/vocals/mandolin
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Aurelien Budynek-guitar
Jamie Bishop-bass

Media

Check out this interview I recently did with Cindy Mitch @ Blogtalkradio.com

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Joe Deninzon News Summer 2015

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The Latest on Violinist/Vocalist/composer Joe Deninzon

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Greetings and Happy Summer!

Hope you folks are ready for the great outdoors, BBQ’s, beach bumming, and most importantly….LIVE MUSIC, which must be supported and celebrated.

Just got off The first ever Sonic Voyages Mini-Tour. Stratospheerius joined forces with two incredible bands, Circuline and Shadow Eden to create a traveling progressive rock festival. Check out this review of our first show on 5/22 at Sully’s in Hartford, CT:
http://progsheet1.hypermart.net/concertreviews5.html

It’s always busy busy busy in the DeninZoo. Many major events, concerts, residencies planned for this summer.
Always trying to soak up the sun, but so much to do, so little time…

Here’s what’s going down:

Stratospheerius New Single, ‘TAKE YOUR MEDICINE.”

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Have you ever been ripped off, scammed, deceived, stepped out, put out, put down, ignored, held back, short changed, short shifted, diluted, looted? This song is a fantasy of vindication, revenge, bringing your nemesis to their knees! The lyrics are angry and empowering. No apologies. No compromise. Dig in!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joedeninzonstratospheeri3
https://joedeninzon.bandcamp.com/track/take-your-medicine
https://stratospheerius.bandcamp.com/track/take-your-medicine

Featuring Joe Deninzon-lead vocals/electric violin
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Aurelien Budynek-guitar
Jamie Bishop-bass
Recorded by Rave Tesar
Mixed by Alex Salzman
Mastered by Rave Tesar
Music and Lyrics by Joe Deninzon
Produced by Joe Deninzon

Upcoming Stratospheerius Shows

www.stratospheerius.com
www.facebook.com/stratospheerius
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Friday, Jun 19th 
9:00 P.M.
Ray Kelly’s Pub
2720 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT
https://www.facebook.com/raykellyspubct?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/events/339505856257914/

Saturday, June 20th
7:00 P.M.
Stratospheerius returns to Starks, Maine for
Harry’s Hoedown @ Harry Brown’s Farm!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1389471904703357/
For tickets, visit
http://harryshill.net
This is a very special place we’ve been fortunate to come back to for 7 years now as regular performers. Come, campout, and celebrate!

Stratospheerius is usually:

Joe Deninzon-lead vocals/electric violin/mandolin
Aurelien Budynek-guitar
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Jamie Bishop-bass

Joining us on this tour will be
Paul Ranieri-bass
Michelangelo Quirenale-guitar

UPCOMING SWEET PLANTAIN SHOWS

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www.sweetplantain.com
www.facebook.com/sweetplantain
www.twitter.com/@sweetplantain
 

Sunday, June 7th
6:00 P.M.
FREE CONCERT @ West Side Community Garden in NYC
123 West 89th St.
http://www.westsidecommunitygarden.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/465878240229240/

Sunday, June 14th
3:00 P.M.
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ
www.trumpetsjazz.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/932604020137201/
 
Sweet Plantain is:

Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Orlando Wells-viola
Leo Grinhauz-cello

Sweet Plantain makes its Debut at the Grand Canyon Music Festival

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We are proud to announce that for the first time this year, Sweet Plantain will be performing at the Grand Canyon Music Festival. We are also honored to be invited to participate in the NACAP program (Native American Composers Apprentice Project). This is an outreach program involving residencies at high schools throughout Navajo and Hopi reservations. We will be teaching the students how to compose and notate their own string quartets, culminating with a concert of their music at the Shrine of the Ages on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
The program was pioneered by the renowned string band Ethel (link), and won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities.

On a personal note, I will be returning for the 15th year (!!) to the Grand Canyon to perform with world-renowned harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio, and also teach at the 8th annual Grand Canyon School of Rock, a program I co-founded which involves putting a band together from scratch with local high school kids and two performances taking place at the end of the week. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, September 3rd. 7 PM
Robert Bonfiglio Group with Steve Benson-guitar and Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin
Shrine of the Ages, South Rim

Friday, September 4th: School of Rock performance, 5 PM
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Saturday, September 5th: Sweet Plantain performance, 7 PM
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Sunday, September 6th, Sweet Plantain/NACAp Performance, 7 PM
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Tuesday, September 8th: Sweet Plantain/NACAP performance at the HEARD museum in Phoenix, AZ. www.heard.org

Joe Deninzon returns to Nighttown/Cleveland

I am beyond excited to return to my hometown of Cleveland after a long hiatus, to play a jazz gig with some incredible local musicians. Here’s the info:

 

Sunday, July 26th

7:30 P.M.

Joe Deninzon Group @

Nighttown

www.nighttowncleveland.com

(216) 795-0550
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Bill Ransom-drums
Dan Wilson-guiatar
Alfredo Guerrierri-bass
$15 cover

Joe Deninzon Composition Premieres

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I am honored that world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine  will be performing the world premier of my solo violin piece, “The Electric Lake of Soul” At the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan on Monday, June 20th.

Rachel is my good friend, and I can honestly say, is not of this earth. She’s doing a full one-hr all request Paganini Caprice concert for the Interlochen students, and including my piece as an encore! The kids can request any Caprice they want to hear. Trust me, this ain’t Freebird.

Now the chops necessary to play Paganinni Caprices are about as intense as violin-playing gets, let alone to be able to play any of the 24 at the drop of a hat requires an insane amount of practicing and dedication to one’s craft. I am beyond excited to hear this piece played live, and humbled to be alongside the immortal Paganinni in the program.

On another note…

JOE DENINZON CONCERTO FOR 7-STRING ELECTRIC VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA WORLD PREMIER SEPTEMBER 19TH!

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It’s official. I will be premiering my electric violin concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, September 19th!

One year ago, Douglas Droste, the Musical Director of the Muncie Symphony, commissioned me to write and premier an Electric Violin Concertoe with his orchestra.

It’s a 4-movement piece running approx 25 minutes. The concept is a intense dream sequence, and the music is loosely based around the cycles of sleep. The first movement is called “Falling Dream,” the second is “Delta Waves,” the third is “Rapid Eye Movement,” and the fourth is “Waking Dream.”
I  hope those of you within driving range of Muncie, Indiana will be able to come to the concert, and I hope those not in that area will get to hear the piece in the future.

For tickets, please visit

http://www.munciesymphony.org

https://www.facebook.com/MuncieSymphonyOrchestra?fref=ts 

New Recordings/Guest Appearances

It’s time to prog out with your frog out! you can hear me as a guest on two new excellent prog rock releases:

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I had the pleasure of appearing as a guest electric violin soloist on the song “Silence Revealed,” on the debut album by the awesome new prog band, Circuline.

Check it out!
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/circuline

This past Memorial Day Weekend, we played our first Sonic Voyages Festival mini-tour with Stratospheerius , Circuline (link),  and Shadow Eden (link). The tour was a huge success and we had a blast sharing the stage with these incredible musicians.

I am also featured on the new release by the Detroit-based band, Fractured Dimension, titled Galaxy Mechanics. Appropriately enough, they got me, a Russian violinist, for a song called  “Bolshevikian Mythological Creature.”

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thefractureddimension3

 

JOE DENINZON TO TEACH at the 6TH ANNUAL MARK WOOD ROCK ORCHESTRA CAMP!

 

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This summer, I will be once again returning to teach at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
This is the ONLY CAMP IN THE WORLD centered around electric strings, but is also open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, and bassists. I am honored and humbled to be among world-renowned faculty including Daniel Bernard Romaine, Doctor David Wallace, Mazz Swift, and the trailblazing Mark Wood!
This year, the camp will also feature the rock cellists, Emil and Dariel from America’s Got Talent!

 www.mwroc.com

GIVE THE STRING PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE A PARADIGM SHIFT!

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

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 http://www.melbay.com/Products/22035SET/plugging-in.aspx

Videos:

Strtasopheerius: One Foot in the Next World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7ad4iCYIOI

Sweet Plantain: Chega de Saudade
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Swingin on the “Ville with Robert Bonfiglio Group”
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Have a great summer! See you out there!

Love and blessings,
-JD
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JOE DENINZON NEWS MAY/JUNE 2015

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THE LATEST ON VIOLINIST/COMPOSER/VOCALIST JOE DENINZON

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Ladies and gentlemen,
HAPPY SPRING! Big announcements, projects, lots of shows, its gonna be H.O.T!

JOE DENINZON CONCERTO FOR 7-STRING ELECTRIC VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA WORLD PREMIER SEPTEMBER 19TH!

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It’s official. I will be premiering my electric violin concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, September 19th!
One of the big things on my bucket list was to write and perform an electric violin concerto for orchestra. One year ago, Douglas Droste, the Musical Director of the Muncie Symphony, commissioned me to write and premier such a piece with his orchestra. It’s been a year of intensive work, and I’m still revising like crazy and working out the kinks, but this is HAPPENING! If all goes well, I hope to bring the piece to other orchestras and already have had interest from a few different places. Stay tuned…
To say I’m psyched is the understatement of the year! With this concerto, I want people to feel like they’ve been to a rock concert. It’s definitely got Zeppelin, Mahavishnu, and Stratospheerius all over it, and tons of “sonic architecture” from the electric violint. I’m pouring my heart and soul into one of the biggest projects I’ve ever done, and I feel I have learned a lot and grown in the process. Hope those of you within driving range of Muncie, IN will be able to come to the concert, and I hope those not in that area will get to hear the piece in the future.
Cheers!
For tickets, please visit
Saturday, Sept 19th
4 PM
Sursa Hall
2000 W. University Ave., Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-1396

STRATOSPHEERIUS SONIC VOYAGES and other UPCOMING SHOWS

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Stratospheerius is proud to announce the launch of the Sonic Voyages Festival
Sonic Voyages is a traveling music festival involving three incredible bands, Stratospheerius (www.stratospheerius.com), Shadow Eden  (https://www.facebook.com/shadoweden), and Circuline (http://circulinemusic.com)
The festival involves educational workshops for young musicians and music lovers in the afternoon, followed by performances by all three bands, as well as additional sets by local bands in each city.
Our maiden voyage is a tour of New England on Memorial Day Weekend. Here are the dates:
Friday. May 22nd, 7 P.M.
Sully’s Pub
2071 Park St.
Hartford, Ct
Saturday, May 23rd, 8: P.M.
Ralph’s Rock DIner
With Black Knight’s Castle (Joe Stump), Ben Levin Group, Shadow Eden
148 Grove St.
Worcester, MA
Sunday, May 24th, 6 P.M.
The Stone Church
5 Granite St.
Newmarket, NH
WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST, MAVARA (from Iran)

Other Upcoming Stratospheerius Shows

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Friday, Jun 19th 
9:00 P.M.
2720 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT
Saturday, June 20th
7:00 P.M.
Stratospheerius returns to Starks, Maine for
Harry’s Hoedown @ Harry Brown’s Farm!
For tickets, visit
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Stratospheerius is usually:
Joe Deninzon-lead vocals/electric violin/mandolin
Aurelien Budynek-guitar
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Jamie Bishop-bass
Joining us on this tour will be
Paul Ranieri-bass
Michelangelo Quirenale-guitar

UPCOMING SWEET PLANTAIN SHOWS

SWEET PLANTAIN OCT 2014 HEADSHOT
Sunday, June 7th
6:00 P.M.
FREE CONCET @ West Side Community Garden in NYC
123 West 89th St.
Sunday, June 14th
3:00 P.M.
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ
 
Sweet Plantain is:
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Orlando Wells-viola
Leo Grinhauz-cello
 

JOE DENINZON TO TEACH AT 6TH ANNUAL

MARK WOOD ROCK ORCHESTRA CAMP!

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This summer, I will be once again returning to teach at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
This is the ONLY CAMP IN THE WORLD centered around electric strings, but is also open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, and bassists. I am honored and humbled to be among world-renowned faculty including Mazz Swift, Daniel Bernard Romaine, Doctor David Wallace, and the trailblazing Mark Wood!
This year, the camp will also feature the rock cellists, Emil and Dariel from America’s Got Talent!
Register TODAY at www.mwroc.com

NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “GUILTY OF INNOCENCE,” AVAILABLE NOW

GOI coverThe new single by Stratospheerius, “Guilty of Innocence,” is now officially available for streaming and downloads. Going for a retro new wave Police/Talking Heads sort of vibe on this one, with mad electric fiddle spray painted all over the track.
Inspired by a recent stint in jury duty. A commentary on how we are all just trying to save ourselves and refuse to take responsibility for our actions, and look the other way when injustice is being committed.
The cover features the debut artwork of my 6-year old son, Max Deninzon.
Stream or download for $1. Enjoy!
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Check out our other recently-released single,  “Behind the Curtain,”
Stay tuned for our NEW SINGLE, “TAKE YOUR MEDICINE.” COMING SOON…

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JOE DENINZON NEWS APRIL/MAY 2015

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THE LATEST ON VIOLINIST/VOCALIST JOE DENINZON

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Dear friends,
It’s been a roller coaster ride of experiences and emotions so far this spring. Some wonderful performances and opportunities have opened up while I also lost a dear friend. Here is what coming up and what has come to pass:

R.I.P. David Gotay

 

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The world has lost an incredible musician and a beautiful soul. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my dear friend David Gotay after a long battle with kidney cancer. We are all in awe of the dignity and bravery with which he carried himself during his illness. He stopped his chemo a few weeks ago and spent his final days with no pain killers. When I last visited him, he hadn’t lost his sense of humor and we talked about life and  music like we usually do, playing each other pieces we were both working on. For a moment, it felt like any other hang that we had in the past. We shared incredible moments on tour with Sweet Plantain, the group he founded and built up to huge success. He was the only cellist I knew who could rap and play cello at the same time. He was an incredible player and composer, who successfully merged his classical upbringing with his love of hip hop. He was and is loved by many people who’s lives he touched and enriched.

 How do you say goodbye to someone for the last time? In our last meeting,  I made a joke that he was gonna get to jam with Hendrix and Pablo Casals. “See you on the other side, my friend,” he said.
Rest in peace, Goat Burger.
Here is a performance Sweet Plantain did a few years ago at Severance Hall in my hometown of Cleveland. David plays a beautiful improvised cadenza at 1:24. Please enjoy!
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Sweet Plantain Performance in Troy, NY

 

SWEET PLANTAIN OCT 2014 HEADSHOT
Friday, April 10th
8 P.M.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Presented by Troy Savings Bank
30 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
Performing music by:
Eddie Venegas, Joe Deninzon, David Gotay, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Aldemaro Romero, Luiz Simas, Cole Porter, and more…
Sweet Plantain is:
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Orlando Wells/Eddie Hardy-viola
Leo Grinhauz-cello

Upcoming Stratospheerius shows

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Sunday, April 12th
8 P.M.
Pianos, NY
158 Ludlow St.
New York, NY
10002
212-505-3733

STRATOSPHEERIUS ANNOUNCES SONIC VOYAGES FESTIVAL!

Stratospheerius is proud to announce the launch of the Sonic Voyages Festival
Sonic Voyages is a traveling music festival involving three incredible bands, Stratospheerius (www.stratospheerius.com), Shadow Eden, and Circuline
The festival involves educational workshops for young musicians and music lovers in the afternoon, followed by performances by all three bands, as well as additional sets by local bands in each city.
Our maiden voyages is a tour of New England in May. Here are the dates:
Friday. May 22nd, 7 P.M.
2071 Park St.
Hartford, Ct
Saturday, May 23rd, 8: P.M.
With Black Knight’s Castle (Joe Stump), Ben Levin Group, Shadow Eden
148 Grove St.
Worcester, MA
Sunday, May 24th, 6 P.M.
5 Granite St.
Newmarket, NH
Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon-lead vocals/electric violin/mandolin
Aurelien Budynek-guitar
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Jamie Bishop-bass

Press

 
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Recordings

 
I am honored to appear on “Galaxy Mechanics,” The sophomore effort from the incredible progressive band, Fractured Dimension. (https://www.facebook.com/thefractureddimension)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DPAYk7qaWs

NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “GUILTY OF INNOCENCE,” AVAILABLE NOW

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen,
The new single by Stratospheerius, “Guilty of Innocence,” is now officially available for streaming and downloads. Going for a retro new wave Police/Talking Heads sort of vibe on this one, with mad electric fiddle spray painted all over the track.
Inspired by a recent stint in jury duty. A commentary on how we are all just trying to save ourselves and refuse to take responsibility for our actions, and look the other way when injustice is being committed.
The cover features the debut artwork of my 6-year old son, Max Deninzon.
Stream or download for $1. Enjoy!
Written by Joe Deninzon
Performed by Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius
Joe Deninzon-lead vocals, electric violin
Aurelien Budynek-guitar, background vocals
Jamie Bishop-bass/background vocals
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Benny Koonyevsky-percussion
Engineered by Rave Tesar. Studio X Ridgewood, NJ
Mixed by Nic Hard
Mastered by Rave Tesar

Check out our other recently-released single,  “Behind the Curtain,” 

 

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL

MARK WOOD ROCK ORCHESTRA CAMP!

 

Mark Wood
This summer, I will be once again returning to teach at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
This is the ONLY CAMP IN THE WORLD centered around electric strings, but is also open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, and bassists. I am honored and humbled to be among world-renowned faculty including Tracy Silverman, Daniel Bernard Romaine, Doctor David Wallace, and the trailblazing Mark Wood!
This year, the camp will also feature the rock cellists, Emil and Dariel from America’s Got Talent!
Register TODAY at www.mwroc.com

GIVE THE STRING PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE A PARADIGM SHIFT!

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

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JOE DENINZON MARCH/APRIL 2015 NEWS

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Howdy,
Happy Spring! Some great shows and events coming up.
Stratospheerius just tracked two new songs in the studio. One is called “Parallel Reality,” which is my composition, and the other, “Affluenza,” is our drummer Lucy’s first writing contribution to the band! Hope to have ’em ready by the summer, but our long-term plan is to be perpetually writing and recording and coming out with new music, and we will be releasing a new single every three months or so, so stay tuned…
Sweet Plantain had an incredible concert on Feb 28th at Subculture in NYC, our hometown. The place was packed and we dedicated the concert to our dear friend and founder, cellist David Gotay, who is dying of cancer. Our thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and beautiful energy you gave us!
Here’s what’s next…

Upcoming Stratospheerius shows

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Saturday, March 21st, 8 P.M.
We are honored to open for the Levin Brothers band, featuring Tony Levin , legendary bassist/stick player for King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon!
NJ Proghouse Concert Series
Roxy & Duke’s
Sunday, April 12th
8 P.M.
Pianos, NY
158 Ludlow St.
New York, NY
10002
212-505-3733
Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon-lead vocals/electric violin/mandolin
Aurelien Budynek-guitar
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Jamie Bishop-bass

Sweet Plantain Performances at Metropolitan Museum & Troy, NY

SWEET PLANTAIN OCT 2014 HEADSHOT
Sweet Plantain will also be doing a two-day residency for Pre-Concert Performance series at the Metropolitan Opera.
March 27-28
5 P.M.-8 P.M.
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710
Here is all the information:
Friday, April 10th
8 P.M.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Presented by Troy Savings Bank
30 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
Performing music by:
Eddie Venegas, Joe Deninzon, David Gotay, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Aldemaro Romero, Luiz Simas, Cole Porter, and more…
Sweet Plantain is:
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Orlando Wells-viola
Leo Grinhauz-cello
Thank you to Ralph Farris and Ethel for inviting us to perform in this concert series.

NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “GUILTY OF INNOCENCE,” AVAILABLE NOW

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Ladies and Gentlemen,
The new single by Stratospheerius, “Guilty of Innocence,” is now officially available for streaming and downloads. Going for a retro new wave Police/Talking Heads sort of vibe on this one, with mad electric fiddle spray painted all over the track.
Inspired by a recent stint in jury duty. A commentary on how we are all just trying to save ourselves and refuse to take responsibility for our actions, and look the other way when injustice is being committed.
The cover features the debut artwork of my 6-year old son, Max Deninzon.
Stream or download for $1. Enjoy!
Written by Joe Deninzon
Performed by Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius
Joe Deninzon-lead vocals, electric violin
Aurelien Budynek-guitar, background vocals
Jamie Bishop-bass/background vocals
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Benny Koonyevsky-percussion
Engineered by Rave Tesar. Studio X Ridgewood, NJ
Mixed by Nic Hard
Mastered by Rave Tesar
Check out our other recently-released single,  “Behind the Curtain,”
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New Recordings

I am honored to appear on the new CD by the progressive band Tiles. This CD also features Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern, and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater).

Education Station

Friday, March 20th, 9:30 A.M.
Joe Deninzon to give “3D Rock” Clinic at ASTA (American String Teacher’s Association) Conference in Salt Lake City.
www.astaweb.com
Special thanks to D’Addario for Sponsoring this clinic.

This class explores the concept of “Three- dimentional playing” in the context of a rock arrangement and how all three dimensions inform the musical choices one makes. Using recordings of well-known rock and pop songs, we simulate a scenario where you are asked to join that band and given a blank canvas on which to add your part. This class follows the thought process behind being more than just a player, but a “sonic architect.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL MARK WOOD ROCK ORCHESTRA CAMP!

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This summer, I will be once again returning to teach at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
This is the ONLY CAMP IN THE WORLD centered around electric strings, but is also open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, and bassists. I am honored and humbled to be among world-renowned faculty including Tracy Silverman, Daniel Bernard Romaine, Doctor David Wallace, and the trailblazing Mark Wood!
This year, the camp will also feature the rock cellists, Emil and Dariel from America’s Got Talent!
Register TODAY at www.mwroc.com

GIVE THE STRING PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE A PARADIGM SHIFT!

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

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Cheers!
-JD

JOE DENINZON FEB/MARCH 2015 NEWS

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JOE DENINZON FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015 NEWS

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Hello, There.
I hope you’re toughing it out until the warm weather blesses us once again, unless you’re one of the lucky ones on whom the sun shines year round.
February and March are Jam-packed for me on all fronts. Sweet Plantain is playing some exciting NY-area shows, Stratospheerius is releasing a new single, playing some cool shows, and going into the studio once again. I am involved in some great education-related projects as well.
Stratospheerius had two amazing shows in Binghamton, NY on Feb 6th and Erie, PA on Feb 7th. Thanks to all who came out! Thanks also to Jeff Khan from Cyber Cafe West, the Bingham Press & Sun Bulletin, Erie Times, Ryan Bartosek, Dave Richards, and the incredible musician, Eric Brewer, and his band who opened for us in Erie with a killing set!
I also recently returned from Cincinnatti, where I had the privilege of working with the Sycamore High School Rock Orchestra. The orchestra, lead by David Smarelli, did an incredible job learning some of my tunes. We also jammed on songs by Muse, AC/DC, The Beatles, Mark Wood, and Coldplay, to name a few. I am grateful to have had this very rewarding experience.

NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “GUILTY OF INNOCENCE,” AVAILABLE NOW

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Ladies and Gentlemen,
The new single by Stratospheerius, “Guilty of Innocence,” is now officially available for streaming and downloads. Going for a retro new wave Police/Talking Heads sort of vibe on this one, with mad electric fiddle spray painted all over the track.
Inspired by a recent stint in jury duty. A commentary on how we are all just trying to save ourselves and refuse to take responsibility for our actions, and look the other way when injustice is being committed.
The cover features the debut artwork of my 6-year old son, Max Deninzon.
Stream or download for $1. Enjoy!

“Mad genius fiddles while Stratospheerius burned!”

Read the LATEST Review of “Guilty of Innocence.”

Written by Joe Deninzon
Performed by Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius
Joe Deninzon-lead vocals, electric violin
Aurelien Budynek-guitar, background vocals
Jamie Bishop-bass/background vocals
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Benny Koonyevsky-percussion
Engineered by Rave Tesar. Studio X Ridgewood, NJ
Mixed by Nic Hard
Mastered by Rave Tesar

Sweet Plantain Performance at Subculture

SWEET PLANTAIN OCT 2014 HEADSHOT
After a long hiatus,
Sweet Plantain will returning to NYC
Performing at Subculture
Saturday, February 28th
8 P.M.
45 Bleeker Street, New York City, NY 10012 (United States) – Map
(212) 533-5470
Performing music by:
Eddie Venegas, Joe Deninzon, David Gotay, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Aldemaro Romero, Luiz Simas, Cole Porter, and more…
Sweet Plantain is:
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Orlando Wells-viola
Leo Grinhauz-cello

Upcoming Stratospheerius shows

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Thursday, Feb 26th, 8 P.M.
COMPOSER’S NOW FESTIVAL
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The Shrine
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (@34th st. NYC)
212-600-7807
8 P.M. Gadi Caplan-Incredible fusion guitarist from Israel
9 P.M. Electric violinist Earl Maneein 
 FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T BE THERE, THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE STREAMED LIVE AT:
Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon-electric violin/vocals.mandolin
Aurelien Budynek-guitars
Jamie Bishop-bass
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Saturday, March 21st, 8 P.M.
We are honored to open for the Levin Brothers Band, featuring Tony Levin 
legendary bassist/tick player for King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon!
NJ Proghouse Concert Series
Roxy & Duke’s
745 Bound Brook Road
Dunellen, NJ 08812
Buy tickets HERE!

Recordings

 
I am honored to appear on the new CD by the progressive band Tiles. This CD also features Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern, and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater).

Education Station

Friday, March 20th, 9:30 A.M.
Joe Deninzon to give “3D Rock” Clinic at ASTA (American String Teacher’s Association) Conference in Salt Lake City.
Special thanks to D’Addario for Sponsoring this clinic.
Click HERE for more specific information about the clinic.

This class explores the concept of “Three- dimentional playing” in the context of a rock arrangement and how all three dimensions inform the musical choices one makes. Using recordings of well-known rock and pop songs, we simulate a scenario where you are asked to join that band and given a blank canvas on which to add your part. This class follows the thought process behind being more than just a player, but a “sonic architect.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL MARK WOOD ROCK ORCHESTRA CAMP!
Mark Wood
This summer, I will be once again returning to teach at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
This is the ONLY CAMP IN THE WORLD centered around electric strings, but is also open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, and bassists. I am honored and humbled to be among world-renowned faculty including Tracy Silverman, Daniel Bernard Romaine, Doctor David Wallace, and the trailblazing Mark Wood!
This year, the camp will also feature the rock cellists, Emil and Dariel from America’s Got Talent!
Register TODAY at www.mwroc.com
GIVE THE STRING PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE A PARADIGM SHIFT!
ORDER “JOE DENINZON’S BOOK/DVD/CD “PLUGGING IN” FROM MEL BAY PUBLICATIONS
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Joe Deninzon interview for Composers Now Festival.

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Cheers!
-JD
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JOE DENINZON JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER

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DENINZONEWS JAN/FEB 2015

THE LATEST FROM VIOLINIST/VOCALIST JOE DENINZON

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Dear friends,
HAPPY FRIGGIN  NEW YEAR!
2014 was a roller coaster ride for me, there were some great moments and some very sad moments. There were some incredible highs and lows. Frankly, good riddance. Bring on 2015!
The world has gone insane, with cops in the US killing innocent minorities, the advancing terror of ISIS, Ebola, Russia consolidating power, continuing conflicts in Israel and rising worldwide anti-semitism. The deaths of some incredible artists like Robin Williams, Philip Seymore Hoffman, and Joe Cocker, to name a few.
I lost 5 relatives this year, including my uncle and grandmother, who I was extremely close to.
On the upside, I gained a beautiful nephew and niece. Life truly is a revolving door.
On the musical side of things, my band Sweet Plantain suffered a professional near-catastrophe of epic proportions, but clawed out way out and ended up having a very successful tour of Sweden which we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Stratospheerius recorded four new songs which we are releasing as singles, and continuing to write and tour. We will be going into the studio next month to record more stuff!
Finally, I’m happy to announce that I will be premiering my Electric Violin Concerto in September with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, conducted by the great Douglas Droste. Stay tuned for updates. This is a lifelong dream of mine and I am psyched to have the opportunity to realize it!
Wishing everyone peace and good health in the New Year!

UPCOMING STRATOSPHEERIUS SHOWS

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Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Friday, Feb 6th

8 P.M.
Cyber Cafe West
607-723-2456
Saturday, Feb 7th
9 P.M.
King’s Rook
1921 Peach St.
Erie, PA 16502
814-456-6439
With special guest, Eric Brewer Band
Thursday, Feb 26th
8 P.M.
Stratospheerius is hosting an evening which
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Featuring cutting edge contemporary composers based in the NY area.
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2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (@34th st. NYC)
212-600-7807
8 P.M. Cadi Caplan-Incredible fusion guitarist from Israel
9 P.M. Seven Suns-A new, groundbreaking Heavy Metal string quartet. The brainchild of  my brother from another mother, violinist Earl Maneein.
Joe Deninzon-electric violin/vocals.mandolin
Aurelien Budynek-guitars
Jamie Bishop-bass
Lucianna Padmore-drums

UPCOMING SWEET PLANTAIN PERFORMANCE AT SUBCULTURE

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After a long hiatus from New York Area performances,
Sweet Plantain will be performing at Subculture
Saturday, February 28th
8 P.M.
45 Bleeker Street, New York City, NY 10012 (United States) – Map
(212) 533-5470
ORDER TICKETS IN ADVANCE AND SAVE $5!!!
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Orlando Wells-viola
Leo Grinhauz-cello

JOE DENINZON EDUCATIONAL RESIDENCY/PERFORMANCE WITH SYCAMORE HS ROCK ORCHESTRA. CINCINNATTI, OH

Joe Deninzon will be doing a two-day teaching residency with Sycamore High School Rock Rock Orchestra, directed by David Smarelli. This will culminate in a performance on Friday, February 13th.
Here’s all the info:
Friday, February 13th
7:00 P.M.
ALL AGES
Sycamore High School
7400 Cornell Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45242
513-686-1770

NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “BEHIND THE CURTAIN”!

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The new Stratospheerius single, “Behind the Curtain,” is  available for streaming and downloading. You can stream it at Reverbnation and download it for a buck on CDBABY and BANDCAMP, and of course, iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere that mp3’s are in orbit. The track was written by me, and features myself on electric “Viper” violin and vocals, Lucianna Padmore on drums, @Aurelien Budynek on guitar, and @JamieBishop on bass, as well as our secret 5th member benny Koonyevsky on percussion. Engineered and mastered by the incomparable Rave Tesar, mixed by the incredulous Alex Salzman. produced by Stratospheerius.
Stream at REVERBNATION
Download at BANDCAMP
Download at CDBABY

STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE INCLUDED ON NEW ASIA COMPILATION FOR BONGO BOY RECORDS

 #Stratospheerius is honored to have our single,  “Behind the Curtain”, included on Bongo Boy Records international compilation.

GIVE THE STRING PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE A PARADIGM SHIFT!

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

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL MARK WOOD ROCK ORCHESTRA CAMP!

Mark Wood
This summer, I will be once again returning to teach at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
This is the ONLY CAMP IN THE WORLD centered around electric strings, but is also open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, and bassists. I am honored and humbled to be among world-renowned faculty including Rachel Barton Pine, Tracy Silverman, Daniel Bernard Romaine, Doctor David Wallace, and the trailblazing Mark Wood!
This year, the camp will also feature the rock cellists, Emil and Dariel from America’s Got Talent!
Register TODAY at www.mwroc.com

Videos

Sweet Plantain performing Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Chega de Saudaude
in Västerås, Sweden on 10-22-14.
Sweet Plantain performing Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”
in Västerås, Sweden on 10-22-14.
Stratospheerius video for “One Foot in the Next World”
Joe Deninzon performing Van Halen’s “Eruption” and Stratospheerius “New Material”
Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius performing “Shock Therapy” for the Mel Bay DVD, “Plugging In.”
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JOE DENINZON DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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WELCOME TO THE DENINZOO!

THE LATEST FROM VIOLINIST/VOCALIST JOE DENINZON

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Dear Friends,
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Welcome to DECEMBER! As of this writing, I have officially just turned 40. Holy shit!!! How did this happen?! I guess it hasn’t fully hit me the enormity of my entry point into old farthood. That being said, if my 40’s are even half as fun as my 30’s were, I’ll be happy and grateful. As they say, you’re as old as you feel… so I must be 17!

DECEMBER 19TH STRATOSPHEERIUS OPENING FOR

zzZZMUSE CD RELEASE PARTY IN BROOKLYN

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When I first moved to New York, one of my first gigs was teaching string improvisation at the New School Continuing Studies Department. This was back around the year 2000. Violinist, Mazz Swift (@MazzMuse) was in my first class. We hung out and became fast friends. Since then, Mazz and I have played hundreds of gigs together, in Metro Strings and other groups, and have collaborated on a few projects. I have seen her become a world-class player, singer/songwriter, and ass-kicker! She also co-wrote the song “Missing Link” on the last Stratospheerius CD. Her new project, “MazzMuse”, was produced by Vernon Reid, legendary guitarist from Living Colour. This is a culmination of 3 years of work, funded by a successful $17,000 Kickstarter campaign. I am honored to have Mazz as a friend and colleague and Stratospheerius is honored to open for her at her CD Release Party on December 19th. Here’s the info. Join us!

Friday, December 19th

Stratospheerius

MazzMuse CD Release Party

Black Bear Bar

http://www.blackbearbk.com

70 N 6th St.

Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY 11249

$10

https://www.facebook.com/events/749565741779617/?pnref=story

JOE DENINZON/STRATOSPHEERIUS HOLIDAY SALE!!

As my gift to you for the holidays, ALL Joe Deninzon/Stratospheerius music will be on sale for a mere $5 on CDBABY. Joe Deninzon/Joe Deninzon Trio, and Stratospheerius CD’s make great stocking stuffers…and if you download all of em, there’s no stuffing involved!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
HERE ARE THE  THE LINKS:
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NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “BEHIND THE CURTAIN”

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Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

After months of teasing all of you, I am happy to announce that the new Stratospheerius single, “Behind the Curtain,” is officially available for streaming and downloading. You can stream it at Reverbnation and download it for a buck on CDBABY and BANDCAMP, and of course, iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere that mp3’s are in orbit. The track was written by me, and features myself on electric “Viper” violin and vocals, Lucianna Padmore (@Lpadmore5) on drums, Aurelien Budynek (@abguitar) on guitar, and JamieBishop on bass, as well as our secret 5th member benny Koonyevsky on percussion. Engineered and mastered by the incomparable Rave Tesar, mixed by the incredulous Alex Salzman. produced by Stratospheerius.
Stream at REVERBNATION
Download at BANDCAMP
Download at CDBABY

GIVE THE STRING PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE A PARADIGM SHIFT!

ORDER “JOE DENINZON’S BOOK/DVD/CD “PLUGGING IN”

FROM MEL BAY PUBLICATIONS

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL MARK WOOD ROCK ORCHESTRA CAMP!

Mark Wood
Next summer, I will be once again returning to teach at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
This is the ONLY CAMP IN THE WORLD centered around electric strings, but is also open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, and bassists. I am honored and humbled to be among world-renowned faculty including Rachel Barton Pine, Tracy Silverman, Daniel Bernard Romaine, Doctor David Wallace, and the trailblazing Mark Wood!
This year, the camp will also feature the rock cellists, Emil and Dariel from America’s Got Talent!

Register TODAY at www.mwroc.com

Videos 

Sweet Plantain performing Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Chega de Saudaude”
in Västerås, Sweden on 10-22-14.
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Sweet Plantain performing Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”
in Västerås, Sweden on 10-22-14.

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DENINZONEWS: The latest from violinist Joe Deninzon

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NOVEMBER 2014

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Ladies and gentlemen,
I am writing to you on a plane coming back to NYC from Stockholm. Having been on an unforgettable, immensely successful tour of Sweden with my brothers in Sweet Plantain . You can read the tour summary below. It has been a long month of travel and I’m looking forward to getting back and seeing my family again. November has Sweet Plantain traveling once again for a one-week residency at Quad Cities, IL and a concert in Iowa. My jazz trio returns to the stage in NJ after a long hiatus, and there is a big announcement from STRATOSPHEERIUS….

NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “BEHIND THE CURTAIN” IS OUT!!!

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After months of teasing all of you, I am happy to announce that the new Stratospheerius single, “Behind the Curtain,” is officially available for streaming and downloading. You can stream it at Reverbnation and download it for a buck on CDBABY and BANDCAMP, and of course, iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere that mp3’s are in orbit. The track was written by me, and features myself on electric “Viper” violin and vocals, Lucianna Padmore on drums, @Aurelien Budynek on guitar, and @JamieBishop on bass, as well as our secret 5th member benny Koonyevsky on percussion. Engineered and mastered by the incomparable Rave Tesar, mixed by the incredulous Alex Salzman. produced by Stratospheerius.

 Also Download at CDBABY.COM

Sweet Plantain Quad Cities Residency

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Sweet Plantain is looking forward to our residency at Quad Cities. A week of school performances and clinics, culminating in a concert on Nov 8 in Bettendorf, IA. Here’s the info:
Saturday, Nov 8th
7:00 P.M.
Bettendorf High School
3333 18 St.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Sweet Plantain is:
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Orlando Wells-viola
Leo Ginhauz-cello

Joe Deninzon Jazz Trio returns to the stage

 

Featuring Joe Deninzon-violin/vocals

Steve Benson-guitar

Gaku Takanashi-bass

Thursday, Nov 13th, 7:30 P.M.
Harvest Bistro
252 Schraalenburgh Rd.
Closter, NJ 07624
Listen to the trio HERE!
Here’s some footage of myself and Steve Benson at this year’s Grand Canyon Music Festival performing Mark O’Connor’s “Swingin’ on the Ville”
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SWEET PLANTAIN TOUR OF SWEDEN. FINAL THOUGHTS

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After a month traveling all over Sweden, this tour has finally come to an end. An experience that started with a professional catastrophe we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies ended as one of the greatest experiences of our lives! We clawed our way out of a seemingly hopeless situation. We have travelled throughout this incredible country. Places we hadn’t  heard of and couldn’t pronounce, with names like Udevalla, Sveg, Båstad, Helsingborg, Linköping, Tingsryd, Västerås, Ljusdal, Östersund, Hudiksvall,  Vänersborg, Goteborg, Växjö, Sandviken, and Nyköping.
21 concerts! Rave reviews across the board and the presenter said it was one of the most successful tours he has organized in his career! We have met some beautiful and generous people who showered us with gifts, food, and uplifting energy that inspired us to no end. We witnessed how well this country is run both interns of economics, efficiency, and respect for people’s health, the environment, and quality of life. We have formed new friendships that we will always cherish. There are many people to thank, but here are those who were most instrumental in making this tour possible:
On September 25th, we were standing at the gate at JFK about to board the plane to Stockholm and our cellist was nowhere to be seen! We could not reach him or his family, and it turns out he fell ill and was not physically able to make it on tour, but we did not know this at the time. This is a person we had rehearsed with for months preparing for this tour. We all frantically got on our phones and called every cellist we knew. By the grace of God, Leo Grinhauz was available to clear his schedule for a month and hop a plane the next morning. I emailed him all our music right before I had to turn off my phone for takeoff. He arrived 3 hrs before our first concert, never having played with us before! Mind you, this is mostly original music that is very difficult to play and is rooted in jazz and Latin rhythms and improvisation. Leo worked his ass off and singlehandedly saved our tour! Also, I might add, he was a blast to hang with, which anyone can tell you is of utmost importance on a tour.
Our thanks to Guido Frackers for hooking up a flight for Leo and his cello on ridiculously short notice at an amazing rate.
We want to thank our driver, technician, spiritual advisor, and drinking buddy Stefan Hansson. A lousy driver but a true genius in audio engineering!(:) In the words of Joe Pesci, “He’s a good kid, that kid. “
And finally, we want to thank Mats Brostrom and the International Chamber Music Alliance of Sweden. Mats saw us perform at APAP in NYC many years ago. He had the vision to bring Sweet Plantain to Sweden and organized this whole tour for us, convincing local presenters in each city who are used to more traditional chamber groups to take a chance on a band that mixes hip hop, Latin music, and Jazz with classical music. Thank you, Mats!
As we head home and look towards the future, we feel immense gratitude and overwhelming emotions. The stars aligned for this tour at the 59th minute of the 11th hour and we are extremely blessed. Sweden, you will always have a place in our hearts. We raise our glasses to you and say “Skål” and a heartfelt “Tak tak!”
Until next time…
Love,
-Joe, Eddie, Orlando, and Leo

Sweet Plantain/Joe Deninzon/Stratospheerius videos

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“Plugging In” book/CD/DVD by Joe Deninzon available from Mel Bay Publications

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WELCOME TO THE DENINZOO! JOE DENINZON FALL 2014 UPCOMING EVENTS

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www.joedeninzon.com

www.stratospheerius.com

 

Hello folks!

Hope you’ve had an unforgettable summer. I’m gearing up for a jam-packed fall season! Highlights include a month -long tour of Sweden with Sweet Plantain, as well as performances in Quad Cities and Athens, WV. A sept 18th NYC performance with Stratospheerius and release of our new single, and my jazz trio will be performing as well. Read more here:

http://www.joedeninzon.com/shows/

Upcoming Stratospheerius Shows

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Thursday, September 18th
Performing with Stratospheerius
The Shrine
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10030
212-690-7807
Pontus Gunve (Swedish guitarist/composer) 8 PM
Jeremy Beck Band (10 PM) (singer/songwriter/organist)
Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon-electric violin/lead vocals
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Aurelien Budynek-guitar
Jamie Bishop-bass

Sweet Plantain Sweden tour and more!

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Ladies and gentlemen, Sweet Plantain welcomes our new cellist, Wayne Smith, and will be embarking on a 20-town tour of Sweden, followed by some dates in the Midwest in early November. Stay tuned and visit our website for updated information. here is everything we can tell you so far:
Upcoming shows:
7:30 P.M.
1000 Vermillion Street, Athens, WV 24712-1000 (United States) 
1-800-344-6679

Sweet Plantain Tour of Sweden

Date                     Time           Venue                                                        City

9-27                                  16.00                    Pingstkyrkan                                                                             Uddevalla

9-28                                   18.00                    Biblioteket                                                                                  Båstad

9-29                               19.00                    Dunkers Kulturhus                                                                    Helsingborg

9-30                                    19.00                    Artisten                                                                                      Göteborg

10-2                                    19.00                    Wallenbergssalen                                                                     Linköping

10-4                                  16.00                    Söderportkyrkan                                                                       Tingsryd

10-5                                   16.00                    Utvandrarnas hus                                                                     Växjö

10-6                                  t.b.c.                     Hall to be confirmed                                                                 Vänersborg

10-7                                    19.30                    Festsalen, Folkets hus                                                             Vänersborg

10-8                                   17.30-18.15         Musikskolan, Workshop                                                          Arboga

10-8                                  19.00                    Musikskolan, Concert                                                              Arboga

10-12                                16.00                    Nyköpings teater                                                                       Nyköping

10-15                                  19.00                    Svegs kyrka                                                                              Sveg

10-16                                t.b.c.                     Hall t.b.c., School concert                                                        Östersund

10-16                               19.00                    Gamla Teatern                                                                          Östersund

10-18                                  16.00                    Baptistkyrkan                                                                            Hudviksvall

10-19                                 t.b.c.                     Hall t.b.c. School concert                                                         Sandviken

10-21                                 19.00                    Musikverket, Kulturcentrum, Concert                                     Sandviken

10-22                                  19.00                    Västerås Konserthus, lilla salen                                              Västerås

Sweet Plantain residency at Quad Cities Nov 2-8. @ Bettendorf High School

Nov 2-7. Concert Nov 8th
3333 18th St, Bettendor, IA 52722 (United States) 
(563) 332-7001

Sweet Plantain is:

Joe Deninzon-violin/vocals/mandolin

Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone

Orlando Wells-viola

Wayne Smith-cello

Thursday, Nov 13th. Joe Deninzon Jazz Trio @Harvest Bistro

252 Schraalenburg  Ave, Closter, NJ 07624

(201) 750-9966

With Steve Benson-guitar

Gaku-Takanashi-bass

Russian Band “Plan B” covers JD song “What’s That Thang?”

I Found this awesome Russian jazz group covering my song “What’s That Thang.” What a sweet surprise, and they kill it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-Z4KLgg7fE

Love and blessings,

-JD