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All the news that’s fit to print about violinist/vocalist/mandolinist/composer Joe Deninzon


Dear friends,


I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Welcome to my Spring newsletter. Under normal circumstances, I would have a lot of cool things to report, concerts and clinics and sessions coming up. Lots to get excited about for the coming months. But this Covid19 pandemic has devastated my income and that of many of my friends and colleagues who make their living as freelance artists and musicians. Independent contractors do not qualify for unemployment. Cancellations of concerts, private events, and school residencies has left many artists depending only on artist relief funds and savings to live on until this virus passes. The best way to help is NOT by streaming our music on Spotify, but going to bandcamp pages and buying music directly from the artist or supporting them on crowdfunding sites. On that note, here are links to the bandcamp pages of some of my friends who can use some financial support in these difficult times:


You can find all my CD’s, downloads, t-shirts, mugs, vinyl, and other goods at:



Patreon is an incredible platform where an artists get a personal connection with their fans. I’m excited to launch my Patreon page! Tiers range from $5 per month to $75 per month. The base tier gets you weekly, or sporadic “gig diaries” where I share stories about my life as a musician, exclusive sneak peaks into new projects I’m working on, and surprise free stuff.  You also get free downloads of unreleased material emailed to you periodically. Higher tiers get you free full album downloads, signed sheet music/vinyl/CD’s, t shirts, mugs, skype music lessons or interview, skype/facetime performances, free tickets, and even house concerts!
Watch the video below and JOIN TODAY at
joe deninzon patreon video


Here’s something to entertain you while you’re quarantined in your home. One of my biggest musical influences was the 70’s fusion band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, featuring legendary guitarist John MacLaughlin. When I was 20 years old in college, I heard a recording of the song :Cellestial Terrestrial Commuters” from their 1973 album “Birds of Fire,” featuring the incredible violinist, Jerry Goodman. It was a moment of epiphany for me when I first heard jerry play. That was when I knew I wanted to be an electric violinist. I had never heard a violin sound like that! So this past year, I worked out a solo loop version of this song for the seven-string Viper and performed it at the 10th’ anniversary of the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Olathe, KS. I have been teaching last this incredible camp for ten years now, and highly recommend you check it out if you are an aspiring musician! WWW.MWROC.COM

Enjoy the video!
joe deninzon cellestial terrestrial commuters mwrocx

Before the world got turned upside down last week, I was able to have some amazing experiences. On March 5-8, I flew down to Orlando, FLA for the annual American String Teacher’s Conference.
As a traveling clinician and performer, I have made it a priority to attend this conference every year, hang out with my friends and colleagues, road test new workshops, jam a little, network with students an teachers, and find out what’s new on the string eduction scene. This was my busiest years yet! I gave a public masterclass to two very talented students, Leila Warren and Matt Laird. I taught as class on “Live Looping with a String Orchestra” using a volunteer demo group of some incredibly talented kids from John Jay High School in San Antonio, led by my friend Heather Gonzales, who I am very grateful to. I was part of a wonderful 

panel on electronic effects for strings led by Julie Lyon. Lieberman. The highlight, of course, was getting to perform (for the first time) in a big concert alongside living legends of electric strings Mark Wood, Tracy Silverman, Martha Mooke, and Jesus Florido with one of my violin heroes Mark O’Connor jumping up onstage at the end of the night! Thank you to Jesus and Yamaha for sponsoring the event, and the incredibly talented rhythm section from Tampa, Fla who learned the music on very short notice! Also thank you to my dear friend/label president Nick Kastona from Melodic Revolution Records and his wife Jennifer for hosting me and helping out with Merch.

The Covid19 Sonic Voyage Fest

On March 11-14, three bands who are labelemates on Melodic Revolution Records came together for a regional NY-area tour. We had planned these shows for a long time and were promoting them like crazy! Then the Corona pandemic escalated. The shows took place at Debonair Music hall in Teaneck, NJ, Booshwick Public House in Brooklyn, Roxy & Dukes/ NJ Proghouse in Dunellen, NJ, and Olives in Nyack, NY. The first two shows were sparsely attended due to fears of the virus. The second two shows had a modest but enthusiastic turnout. We agonized over cancelling and would meet and take a vote every night about whether or not to go on, but we knew in our hearts this was the last hoorah before a long quarantine. We needed nthis, and so did  the people who attended the shows. There was a great love and camaraderie between all the bands, and we hope to repeat this next fall under better circumstances. We made our decisions to move forward with the shows and have no regrets. 

Thank you to my bandmates in Stratospheerius, Jason Gianni, Paul Ranieri, and Michelangelo Quirinale. Thank you to Dianne Voegtlin of Potter’s Daughter, and Dark Beauty for making these shows magical!

This picture came out great. Members of Stratospheerius, Dark Beauty and Potter’s Daughter.
From L to R
Top Row
Jason Gianni – Drummer Stratospheerius
Second Row
Katie Pachnos – Harp ,Keyboards Dark Beauty
Bob Konig – WFDU and Emcee
Jan C. Voegtlin – Bass Potter’s Daughter
Paul Ranieri – Bass Stratospheerius
Front Row
Michaelangelo Quirinale – Guitar Stratospheerius
Bryan Ziegler – Guitar Dark Beauty
Dyanne Potter Voegtlin – Vocals and Keys Potter’s Daughter
Joe Deninzon – Violin and Lead Vocals Stratospheerius
Liz Tapia Vocals Dark Beauty
Michael Diamantopolous – Bass Dark Beauty
Greg Schwab – Drummer Dark Beauty

Stay safe and healthy, everyone. I hope to see you all on the other side of this thing when we can all share some hugs and some live music in the same room once again!








Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you live in the Tri-state area, you don’t wanna miss this string of
shows coming up next week with our label mates from Melodic Revolution

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius is excited to be sharing the stage
with Potter’s Daughter and Dark Beauty!

Here are all the details of the upcoming shows:

Wednesday, March 11 Debonair Music Hall
1409 Queen Anne Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 833-0011
7 P.M.

Thursday, March 12 Bushwick Public House
1288 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Friday, March 13th NJ Proghouse
Roxy & Dukes
745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ 08812\
(732) 529-4464

Saturday, March 14 Olive’s
118 N. Main St. Nyack, NY
With special late-night guest Binaural Beats!

We look forward to seeing you at these shows! Thank you for supporting
live music.

Rock on!




All the News that’s fit to print about violinist/composer/singer/mandolinist Joe Deninzon

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the roaring twenties!
I’m getting ready to play some swing fiddle on a LOT of Great Gatsby-themed parties in the next ten years. Hey, it could be worse…

Hope you had a wonderful Holiday season and are ready to turn a new page in the new decade. Despite all the fucked up things going on in the world, I remain hopeful that we will learn total care of our planet and show each other some respect and compassion. Call me an idealistic fool, but I wear my idealism like a badge of honor!

Anyway, enough of my rambling.

Nah, here’s more rambling…

Looking back on the past decade, it’s been a wild ride!
2 kids, 3 albums, a book, a violin concerto, new bands, new friendships formed, and some of the greatest recording and touring experiences of my life!

Highlights of my 2019:

Celebrating 20 years of marriage with the lovely violinist/NY Philharmonic member Yulia Ziskel!

Hanging out with my musical heroes and Playing on Cruise to the Edge with In Continuum featuring Dave Kerzner Steve Hackett Michael Sadler Jon Davison Randy McStine Marco Minnemann Nick D’Virgilio The McBroom Sisters Fernando Perdomo Leticia Wolf Gabriel Agudo Ruti Celli and Kaitlin Wolfberg.

Appearing on four of the year’s critic’s choice best prog albums: In Continuum “Acceleration Theory Part I & II,Fernando Perdomo :Out to Sea II, and Thank You Scientist “Terraformer.”

Playing with The Who at Madison Square Garden & Jones Beach!

Playing with Kurt Elling (with Deedee Bridgewater and Ben Vereen) at Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Working on the underscore to “The Rose Tatoo” on Broadway starring Marissa Tomei with Alessandra Belloni

Co-writing & producing “The Greatest Lives” with Anne Leighton featuring Carmine Appice on drums and Thembeka Mnguni on vocals!…/the-greatest-lives-with-band

Touring as concertmaster with Renaissance for their 50th anniversary tour with my brothers in Sweet Plantain.

Releasing the first single, “Impostor,” with the new lineup of Stratospheerius on Melodic Revolution Records with Jason Gianni Paul Ranieri Michelangelo Quirinale.…/impostor

Playing the main stage with Stratospheerius at ProgStock Festival the biggest Progressive rock festival in the Northeast U.S!

Publishing my string quartet, “Benson Burner Boogaloo” with Ludwig Masters/JW Pepper.…

Having my “Dream Diary” Electric Violin Concerto performed by Rudolf Haken and my piece “Electric Lake of Soul” performed by renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

Teaching/performing residencies with
Northside HS in San Antonio, TX with Heather Newman Gonzalez Angelica Guerra
Highland School in Medina, Oh Rachel Martin Gamin
East brunswick HS Arvin Gopal
Vance Music in Wichita, KS
Arlington HS with Sweet Plantain in LaGrangevile, NY
American String Teachers Conference Albuquerque, NM
Fiddle Hell Massachusettsl in Westport, Mass

Teaching and playing at MWROC Music Festival my favorite week of the year!

Performing and teaching at the Grand Canyon Music Festival with Robert Bonfiglio.

Playing at Vail Jazz festival in Co with Mark Diamond trio.

Playing with Brooklyn Raga Massive Mahavishnu Orchestra/Shakti/McLaughlin tribute,

While 2019 will be a hard year to live up to, I got many projects cooking on multiple burners, so stay tuned…..

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius post-holiday sale!

MAJOR discounts on  CD’s. vinyl, mugs, t-shirts, and more!
LIMITED TIME Sale ends at the end of January!

BUY A MUG, send us your Mug shots, and we will post on our instagram! 

Upcoming performances

Sunday,Jan 12
Playing with Brooklyn Raga Massive
celebrating the music of John McLaughlin,Mahavishnu Orchestra, & Shakti
55 bar (55 Christopher St. NYC)
2 sets: 9:15 & 10 PM
with: Joe Deninzon-violin, Premick Russel Tubbs (original Mahavishnu member)-sax, Neil Murgay-sitar, Vin Scialla-drums, Dan Asher-bass, Dr. David Ullman-guitar

Thursday, Jan 23rdSweet Plantain makes it’s debut at the Fever Up Candlelight Concert Series
Middle Collegiate Church (50 East 7th St. NYC)
7-10:30 P.M.

Friday, Jan 30 7 P.M. Residency with Ridge View High School Orchestra Columbia, SC with director Phillip Pagal
4801 Hard Scrabble Rd.
Columbia, SC 29229
Honored to be conducting/performing my arrangements with this talented group of young musicians.

Feb 27 Sonic Voyage Fest presents: STRINGFEST II

Echo of the Ghost (7 P.M.)
Susan Aquila Band (8 P.M.)
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius (9 P.M.)I’m starting a tradition of mini-electric and eclectic string festivals. The concept is an evening of bands playing original music led or comprised of creative electric string players who push the boundaries of their instruments. We had a great first mini-fest last year at DROM with Mazz Swift, 2 Birds Band, and Seven Suns. The sequel will feature Stratospheerius along with 2 of my favorite electric violinists/songwriters/friends; Susan Aquila and Claudia Chopek.

March 5-7: ASTA (American String Teachers) National Conference in Orlando, FLA.
Hyatt Regency Hotel (9801 International Dr. Orlando, FL)
Order of events:
Thursday March 5th 2:45-3:45 P.M. Teaching masterclass open to attendees.
Thursday March 5th 8 P.M. Performing all-star triple bill with violinist Jesus Florido and Tracy Silverman! 
Friday, March 6th 2:45-3:45 P.M. Live Loop clinic
Saturday, March 7th 1:30 P.M. Panel on effects for electric strings hosted by Julie Lyonn Liberman

March 11-14, Sonic Voyage Fest Tour with Potters Daughter & Dark Beauty
Stratospheerius is honored and excited to tour with our label mates at Melodic Revolution Records! More details forthcoming…

Wed, March 11th: Debonair Music Hall (1409 Queen Anne Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666)
Thur, March 12th: Bushwick Publick house (1288 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
Friday, March 13 TBA
Saturday March 14th TBA

New Recordings

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius new single, “Impostor” on Melodic Revolution Records

If you haven’t already, stream (or better yet, download) the new Stratospheerius single, Impostor.
Featuring: Joe Deninzon-electric violin/vocals, Jason Gianni-drums, Michelangelo Quirinale-guitar, Paul Ranieri-bass, Bill Hubauer (Neal Morse Band)-keyboards, Randy McStine-guitar/vocals
Recorded by Rave Tesar (Renaissance). Mixed and Mastered by Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard, Flying Colors, Neal MKorse, Trans Atlantic, Dream Theater, Tears for Fears)


My friend and brother Matt Bell has released this killer version of “My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama,” with guest appearances by yours truly, ThatViolaKid Patrick Contreras and Ross Holmes.

The Greatest Lives

Earlier last year, I was blessed to collaborate on this song with my friend and manager Anne Leighton. The lyrics she sent me were inspired by her hero Muhammad Ali, and deal with overcoming your worse fears and personal demons to live your best life and inspire others. She recently launched an indiegogo campaign to help promote the song. We had the privilege of Thembeka (Universal artist/winner of the Voice South Africa) to grace us with her incredible voice, and the legendary Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck,Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osborne) to play drums. Engineered by Dale Wardell, Mixed by Alex Salzman, mastered by Fred Kevorkian. Check it out!

The Greatest Lives

In Continuum 

I’m honored to have participated on one of the best Prog albums of 2019 with an all-star cast. Keyboardist/singger/songwriter/producer Dave Kerzner released the sci fi concept albums, Acceleration Theory Part I & II in 2019, and I contributed strings to both projects. Musicians on the album include Michael Sadler (lead singer of Saga), Jon Davidson (lead singer of Yes), Steve Hacket (original Genesis guitarist), drummer Marco Minneman (Joe Satriani, Aristocrats), drummer Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train), singers The McBroom Sisters (Pink Floyd), bassist Matt Dorsey, guitarists Randy McStine and Fernando Perdomo, and singers Gabriel Agudo and Leticia Wolf!

TPM Top Keys of 2019

Joe Deninzon Published Sheet Music

Attention string players!
Check out my original compositions available on from Lathasm Music/JW pepper. My latest is a “Sidewinder”-style funky jazz string quartet titled “Benson Burner Boogaloo.”

New Projects

We are currently hard at work filming and editing the video for Stratospheerius “Impostor,” with videographer David P. Levin, who produced our video for “Behind the Curtain”


Here is the full performance of my “Dream Diary Electric Violin Concerto” by Prof Rudolf Haken!

Finally, check out this bootleg video of Stratospheerius performing our song, “Game of Chicken” live at Progstock Oct 13, 2019. Union County Performing Arts Center.

We are also putting the finishing touches on three new tracks that will be a part of the next Stratospheerius album. At least one will be released as another single until the album comes out. Also writing new music we plan to record.

I will soon be launching patreon account and look forward to the opportunity to share my day to day musical activities, projects, and general thoughts with you. Stay tuned…

Peace, love, and music,








The latest on violinist Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius


Fall has been jam packed for Stratospheerius. We recently had the honor of performing alongside bands like Saga, Nekrar, Discipline, and Joe Getter at Progstock, the biggest Progressive Rock Festival in the Northeast United States!
Here are some photos from our show and meet n greet! Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts to Tom Palmieri and Ann Rinaldi for this incredible opportunity! Thank you to our videographer David P. Levin for creating 75 minutes of mind-blowing backdrop footage for our performance! Also, thank you for the tireless crew of volunteers backstage, which includes Ray Loboda, Scot Corcoran, Alan Benjamin, Jim Robinson, Jason Kresge, Joel Simchas, and a slew of other folks who were involved!


Ladies and Gentlemen,

We our proud to release our new single, “IMPOSTOR!” Please stream it, download it, and she it with your friends!

Engineered by Rave Tesar (Renaissance)
Mixed and Mastered by Rich Mouser
Written by Joe Deninzon

Joe Deninzon-electric violin/lead vocals
Paul Ranieri-bass
Jason Gianni-drums
Michelangelo Quirinale-guitar

Special guests:
Bill Hubauer (Neal Morse Band)-keyboards
Randy McStine-guitar/background vocals


Enjoy sipping your morning coffee in these sleek mugs with our logo, a shape of the Viper electric violin, and bow!
Order yours TODAY!


This Friday, Nov 1st. 9 P.M.
Sonic Voyage Fest presents: Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, Randy McStine, Mile Marker Zero, & Joe Piteo’s Binary Beats
118 N. Main St.
Nyack, NY

Monday, Nov 4th
Randy Mcstine (9 P.M.)
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius ( 10 P.M.)
The Bitter End
147 Bleeker St.
New York, NY

Saturday, Nov 16th. Joe Deninzon performing with keyboardist Neil Alexander  at Skip Fest


I am excited to once again have the opportunity to perform my solo electric violin show at Skipfest, followed by a duo performance with legendary keyboardist/composer Neil Alexander, and later sitting in with his band, “Nail.”
Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 George St , Allendale NJ. 3 P.M.
Music by Joe Deninzon, Tracy Silverman, The Polcice, Jaco Pastorius, Neil Alexander, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Luiz Simas, Paganini, Mark O’Connor, David Wallace, and more!

We leave you with an oldie but a goodie. Here’s our performance of our song, “Release,” filmed by our friend Julia Gillies from the audience.



All the News that’s fit to print about Vioinist/Composer/Mandolinist/Vocalist Joe Deninzon

Greetings, friends!

It’s hard to believe the summer is over! It flew by in a flash. In my case, a whirlwind of gigs, travel for business and pleasure, and many beautiful experiences both musical and non-musical.

Highlights include:

-Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp/Music Festival, where I have been fortunate to teach and perform since 2011. My favorite week of the year with my extended family of friend and colleagues.

-Teaching School of Rock & Performing for my 20th year with Robert Bonfiglio and Steve Benson at the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

-Performing for the Vail Valley Jazz Festival with the Mark Diamond Trio, BLT band with Tony Gulizia and other wonderful musicians.

-Playing at Madison Square Garden & Jones Beach with The Who!

-Mixing the new Stratospheerius single, Impostor, which will be unleashed on the world at Progstock on Columbus Day Weekend. More on that in a bit…

Fall is kicking my ass! Here are some of the things I’m involved with:

Stratospheerius to perform at Progstock!

Stratospheerius is honored and excited to be performing on the main stage at Progstock!

Progstock is the premier progressive rock festival in the Northeaster United States, founded by our good friend Tom Palmieri.
The event takes place at the Union County Performing arts Center in Rahway, NJ from Friday, October 11-Sunday October 13th

Stratospheephius performs on Sunday, October 13th at 1:30 PM, but you should BUY TICKETS NOW and spend the whole weekend to hear these other incredible bands, who we are proud to share the stage with:

Brand X, Saga, Nektar, Jane Getter band, Randy McStine, Rachel Flowers, and many more…

Stratospheerius new single Impostor!

Yes folks, it took us a while but we HAVE NEW MUSIC!!! This marks the recording premier of the new lineup of Stratospheerius, featuring:

Joe Deninzon-Electric violin/lead vocals
Michaelangelo Quirinale-guitar/vocals
Paul Ranieri-Bass/vocals
Jason Gianni-drums/vocals

In May, we laid the groundwork for four new tracks, which will eventually become a part of our next record. In the meantime, we have created an 8-minute monster called Impostor! 

This track will be released as a single and be available for the first time EVER at Progstock! 

The track features guest appearances by Randy McStine-guitar/vocals

And keyboardist Bill Hubauer (Neal Morse Band) and was tracked by Rave Tesar and  mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser, best known for his work with Neal Morse, Spock’s Beard, Trans Atlantic, Flying Colors, and basically half of my record collection. Please visit our Facebook and twitter page for teaser samples of the song in the next few weeks. I can’t wait for you to hear this track!!!

Other upcoming shows.

Sept 12th. Joe Deninzon with Brooklyn Raga Massive celebrating the music of John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Shakti at Jalopy Theater.

Sept 15th, Performing with The Who at Jones Beach Ampitheater!

October 8th, wet your Progstock Appetite with with Stratospheerius and Ad Astra at The Shrine.
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. in NYC

Sweet Plantain/Renaissance Fall Tour Dates

Sweet Plantain is honored to be touring with legendary vocalist Annie Haslam 
and symphonic prog rockers Renaissance in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary
Please visit for ticket information.

10/11/19 Town Hall, New York, NY
10/12/19 Keswick Theater. Keswick, PA (Recording LIVE 50th anniversary CD/DVD!!)
10/15/19 Count Basie Theater. Red Bank, NJ
10/16/19 Ridgefield Playhouse. Ridgefield, CT.
10/19/19 The Egg. Albany, NY

October 25, 2019.Sweet Plantain performs at SOB’s NYC

Sweet Plantain is:

Eddie Venegas-violin/Trombone
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin
Orlando Wells-viola
Leo Ginhauz-cello

Friday, Nov 1st. Sonic Voyage Fest in Nyack, NY with Stratospheerius & Mile Marker Zero

Olive’s Bar

118 N. Main St.
10 P.M.

Nov 7-9. Joe Deninzon Returns to HELL!
Teaching/Performing Residency at

Fiddle Hell. Westford, Mass.

Classes include:

-How to read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets
-Live Looping
-Get in the Groove
-Effects for strings
-Learn a Rock Solo
-Power Chord Workout

Saturday, November 16th! Skipfest presents Joe Deninzon & Neil Alexander.

11/16/19 @ 3 P.M.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 George St , Allendale NJ.
1 hr solo electric violin set by Joe Deninzon, followed by a duo set with keyboardist Neil Alexander.
Performing originals and covers by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, Jean Luc Ponty, Tracy Silverman, Mar O’Connor, and more!

Joe Deninzon records underscore to new Broadway play starring Marissa Tomei!

I’m honored to record the underscore music for the new revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic “The Rose Tattoo” on Broadway starring Marissa Tomei!

The recording was produced by Tony award-winning producer/sound designer Fitz Patton, and features Alessandra Belloni-percussion, Wilson Montuori-guitar, and Steve Gorn-bansuri flute.

The show is a limited run at the Roundabout Theater.  Sept 19-Dec 8th. BUY TICKETS HERE!

The recording features myself, legendary percussionist Alessandra Belloni, guitarist Wilson Montuori, and Bansuri flutist Steve Gordon! 

Show opens at Roundaboit Theater on October 15th and runs through.

New original string quartet published by
Ludwig Masters/JW Pepper.

I am pleased to announce that a new original string quartet of mine called “Benson Burner Boogaloo,” is now available from JW Pepper! This is another funky jazz piece with a “Sidewinder” feel. Easy to learn for intermediate players. Check it out, as well as my other sheet music, “What’s that Thang” and “Shock Therapy.” Thank you to Lynne Latham for making this possible

That is all …..for now….




All the news that’s fit to print about violinist/singer/mandolinist/composer/arranger Joe Deninzon

Greetings, all!

First of all, I owe you a heartfelt apology. I’ve been diligent about putting out these newsletters on a quarterly basis. For the first time in a LONG time, I forgot to send out the spring newsletter, and for that I am really really really sorry!

It’s not like I’ve been slacking or anything. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

In February, I got to perform for the first time on the worlds premier prog rock cruise, Cruise to the Edge. I joined keyboardist/producer Dave Kerzner to perform with his project, In Continuum. The group is a spin-off of Sound of Contact, a band he formed with Phil Collin’s son Simon back in 2014. I was honored to appear on In Continuum’s debut album, “Acceleration Theory” (highly highly recommended!!)
The band featured the legendary Marco Minnemann-drums (Aristocrats, Joe Satriani), Randy McStine (Stu Hamm, Rabben Ford, The Fringe) and Fernando Perdomo-guitar (Jacob Dylan), Matt Dorsey-bass (Sound of Contact), with guest vocalists Lorelei and Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Jon Davison (Yes), Michael Sadler (Saga), Leticia Wolf on vocals as the alien, and special guest guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis). Whew! By far one of the greatest experiences of my life!

Then, it was off to San Antonio, TX, where I did a 2-day teaching/performing residency with the wonderful kids at Northside and John Jay Schools. Thank you to Heather Newmann Gonzales, Angelica Guerra, Deb Wyant, Mark Wood/Laura Kaye and the Electrify Your Strings Organization.

Late February, Stratospheerius performed with the North Brunswick, NJ HS ORchestra, under the direction of Arvin Gopal. This was our first time as a band performing with a full string orchestra. I am grateful to Arvin for inviting us and putting this whole concert together. The band consisted of Jason Gianni on drums, Paul Ranieri on bass and Aurelien Budynek on guitar. Watch the full concert HERE:

On Feb 28th, my friend, prof Rudolf Hacken, who is a professor of violin and viola at University of Champagne Urbana and the creator of the first ever dedicated electric string major in any university on the planet, performed my 30-minute Electric Violin Concerto, “Dream Diary!”
You can listen to his performance and follow the score HERE:

March kicked off with a performance at Rose Hall/Jazz at Lincoln Center with the great Kurt Elling with his incredible band and an all-star string section, alongside the legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ben Vereen. The show was a radio show-style  jazz oratorio called “The Big Blind,” based on the life of legendary Chicago singer/comedian John Lewis.

Then, it was off to Albequerque, NM for the  American String Teachers National Conference. Once again, I gave my workshop on “How to Read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets for String Players,”  a skill that I feel is sorely lacking in the string world. It was an epic hang with all the titans of the alternative string universe, which culminated in a huge jam on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid led by the renowned Rachel Barton Pine. Heres a clip with Mark Wood, Mark & Maggie O’Connor, Matt Bell, Ross Holmes, Andy Reiner, Renata Bratt, Rudolf Hacken, Duane Padilla, Martha Mooke, David Wallace, Chuck Bontrager, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Tracy Silverman, Earl Maneein, and more!

On March 21st, I realized a dream I’ve had for a long time; to create a night featuring bands led by creative string players. The first (and definitely NOT last) STRINGFEST took place at DROM in NYC and featured Stratospheerius, Mazz Muse, 2birds Band, and Seven)Suns. I hope to do this again in the fall, featuring different bands at each show, and possibly take it outside of NY!! Stay tuned…

Here is Stratospheerius performing our cover of King Crimson’s “Frame by Frame”, with special guest Tobias Ralph (Adrien Belew) on drums:

I also had a chance to record and perform with one of my favorite bands, Thank You Scientist, for their new album Terraformer. Thanks to my buddy, the badass violinist Ben Karas for inviting me to play. Pre-order the new album HERE.

In early May, I returned to Highland Schools in Medina, OH for another teaching and performing residency. Thank you to my good friend Rachel Martin Gamin and the incredible job she has done building up the orchestra program there!

Oh yeah… and on May 13th, I played with the Who at Madison Square Garden as part of a 49-piece orchestra! It was great to reconnect with my friend and former student, Katie Jacoby, who got to play the iconic violin solo at the end of Baba O’Riley!

Upcoming Things

Sunday, June 16th. 6 P.M.

Sweet Plantain gives a FREE concert at West Side Community Garden
123 West 89th St. (bet. Amsterdam and Columbus in NYC)

Friday, June 21st
Sonic Voyage Fest with Twenty Committee, Valdez, and Randy Mcstine, and Stratospheerius (with Randy Mastine-bass and Ray Levier-drums).
Olive’s (118 N. Main St. Nyack, NY)

Saturday, July 13th 4 P.M.
Joe Deninzon Teaching/performing residency for Vance Music.
Renewal Church
2000 N. Maize Rd. Wichita, KS.

Sunday, July 21st, 12 P.M.-3 P.M.
Vail Jazz presents Joe Deninzon with the Mark Diamond Trio
Live at the Jazz Tent. Vail Farmers Market. Vail, CO.



I get pegged as a prog guy, a fusion guy, a jazz guy, a whatever guy, but I love writing songs with hooks. Last fall, my manager Anne Leighton sent me some lyrics she wrote inspired by Muhammad Ali. The lyrical overtone speaks to our times, with recent controversies surrounding athletes protesting racism and injustice, and how we need a voice like Muhammad’s in this day and age because he never minced words and spoke the truth.

Anyway, I produced, wrote the music, played some keys, bass, guitar, and did some background vocals on this song. There are no strings on it.

We assembled an incredible cast to contribute to the track:

Thembeka Mnguni-lead vocals (runner up on The Voice South Africa).
Carmine Appice-drums (Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart)
Jeremy Beck-organ
Engineered by Dale Wardell and myself.
Mixed by Alex Salzman (Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Stratospheerius)
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Maroon 5, Phish,White Stripes, and just about everyone else!)

Thank you to everyone who worked on ”The Greatest Lives.” Here are two versions; one with and without the rhythm section. Hope you dig it!

Joe Deninzon returns to Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp

For the 9th year in a row, I will be returning to teach and perform at Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Olathe, KS. This is the Camp’s’ 10th year, hence the title MWROCX!
To say this is a special week for me is an understatement. Mark Wood is a revolutionary. One of the greatest living electric violinists, the man who designed my 7-string Viper, and someone who turned string education on its head with his Electrify your Strings Programs! He created the first and only camp dedicated to electric string playing, but open to all ages and instruments. The kids who come here remind me of myself when I was a teenager, a misfit violinist who wanted to rock out. The difference is that back in my day, such a camp and a community didn’t exist. Us rock string nerds had to fend for ourselves. This is like the island of broken toys and the level of camaraderie, inspiration, love, and musical catharsis can not be put into words to those who never experienced MWROC. You just have to be there!

Joe Deninzon returns to Grand Canyon Music Festival to perform with Robert Bonfiglio/teach School of Rock

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years! Damn, I’m getting old. This place is a refuge for me. An endless source of inspiration and truly one of the most breathtaking places in the world! To perform and teach here is an honor and never gets old. Grand Canyon Village is a transient place. Over the years, I’ve made many lasting friendships with people who came live and work here for a while, then moved on. I have many great stories and memories that I hope to share someday.

Guitarist Steve Benson I will be doing our School of Rock Program with local kids from August 26-30th.
In Friday, August 30th, we will perform with renowned harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio, who co-founded the Grand Canyon Music Festival with his wife Clare Hoffman in 1983.


I am thrilled to announce that the new lineup of
Stratospheerius went into the studio last week with our longtime friend/engineer Rave Tesar and broke ground on 4 new songs! This is the beginning of our 6th studio album, which we hope to have out next year! The new lineup is :

Jason Gianni-drums
Paul Ranieri-bass
Michaelangelo Quirinale-guitar


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Wishing you all a happy Everything! Hope you’re holidays are filled laughter, love, and music!

I’ve had a 2018 full of incredible memories, travel, and fun music making!
Lots of great things happening in the next few months. Currently, I’m hard at work writing the next Stratospheerius album with our new lineup: Jason Gianni-drums, Paul Ranieri-bass, Michaelangelo Quirinale-Guitar. We’ve been invited to play the main stage next year at Progstock at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, and are planning some tours and local NY-area shows between now and then. What can I say? I’m a very busy boy. Stay tuned…

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Saturday, Dec 22, 2018, 8 P.M.
With Percussionist Alessandra Belloni
Drums of Illumination World Peace Winter Solstice Celebration
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 254-1109

Feb 3rd

Joe Deninzon special guest with Dave Kerzner Band
The Ritz Theater
1503 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-4050

Feb 4-9 Cruise to the Edge special guest with In Continuum

I am incredibly honored to be joining keyboardist/producer Dave Kerzner and In Continuum on Cruise to the Edge Feb 4-9!
I had the pleasure of contributing strings to their new album Acceleration Theory.
Plus I get to be on a boat hanging out & jamming with basically my iTunes library in the flesh. (see list of artists below). My arms will be sore from being pinched all week to make sure I’m not dreaming!

IN CONTINUUM is a new progressive rock supergroup by Dave Kerzner, co-founder of the group Sound of Contact and acclaimed solo artist, songwriter and producer. Joining Kerzner for IN CONTINUUM’s debut concept album is lead vocalist Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band, ex-Bad Dreams), fellow Sound of Contact band mate Matt Dorsey on bass and guitar, former Sound of Contact touring guitarists Randy McStine (The Fringe) and drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani). Their debut album will feature guest appearances by John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) and drummer Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard), plus cameos from special guests Jon Davison (Yes), Steve Rothery (Marillion), Leticia Wolf (The Dead Deads), Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner Band) and Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius).

Feb 10th-11th
Residency at Northside High School
5900 Evers Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78238
(210) 397-8695

Feb 23rd
 Masterclasses at New Jersey Music Educators Association Conference
East Brunswick Hilton
3 Tower Center Blvd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
9 A.M. “How to Read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets for String Players”
10:15 A.M. “Getting in the Groove”

Rudolf Haken is a multi-talented violinist, composer, and professor at University of Illinois Champagne Urbana. Last April, he invited me to do a residency and solo performance at the Krannert Center. He has undertaken the daunting task of learning my Concerto for Seven String Electric Violin. No easy feat, folks! Here is all the information about the upcoming performance on Feb 23rd:

Saturday, Feb 23rd
Performance of Dream Diary Electric Violin Concerto
Rudolf Haken-“Viper” Electric string violin
Krannert Art Museum
500 East Peabody Drive, MC 592
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-0619
University of Illinois Champagne Urbana

Feb 26th, 7 P.M.
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius performance with
East Brunswick High School Orchestra under direction of Dr. Arvin Gopal
Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center at
Hammarskjold Middle School
200 Rues Lane East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(732) 613-6901

March 6-9th
Joe Deninzon Clinics/panel appearances
American String Teacher Association National Conference
Hyatt Regency
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Thursday, March 7th
3:45 P.M.
“How to Read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets for String Players”

Friday, March 8th
Panel: The Future of Music Now!

Tuesday, March 19th
Alessandra Belloni Book Release Concert
Cathedral St. John Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
at 112th Street
New York, New York 10025
(212) 316-7540

Saturday, April 13th

Sweet Plantain Quartet
Seminole Theatre
18 N. Krome Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030
(786) 650-2073


In addition to writing new music for Stratospheerius and other projects, I’ve had the honor to guest on some new projects with some of my favorite artists in the world. In 2019, look for upcoming releases with electric violin solos and string section contributions from artists including guitarist Fernando Perdomo, Dave Kerner’s In Continuum, and Thank You Scientist, among others. 

Speaking of progressive music, the new “Symphonic Journey” live CD/DVD by Annie Haslam and Renaissance has been released, and features my quartet, Sweet Plantain, alongside some mind-blowing musicians. Order your copy HERE!


Joe Deninzon interview with Tom Hatton of Proglodytes

Joe Deninzon interview with Pete’s Rock and Views


CD features members of Stratospheerius

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Here’s a video of Stratospheerius playing an excerpt of the song:


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This one is not for the meek, but will certainly impress your audience! In a “swunk” style, a combination of swing and funk, the quartet is featured individually with written out solos for all (of course you can improvise your own, with changes in the parts).

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You can hear Sweet Plantain performing it at 7:20 in this video:

Peace and love,

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