January 2013 News

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Stratospheerius Band Letter
Dear friends,

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and that 2013 is a year full of hope and good tidings. It’s been a crazy year in the world, with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the cutthroat presidential election, turmoil in Syria and Israel, and horrific gun violence all over this country. Let’s hope 2013 brings only good news. And no matter what happens, let’s be grateful that music exists to heal us and take us to a happier place.

That being said, here is what’s going on…


We are proud to announce that our latest CD, The Next World, was nominated for Best Progressive Rock Album of 2012 on progressiverockcentral.com

Thanks to all who voted!


Dave Richards interviews Stratospheerius before their recent performance in Erie, PA.

Joe Deninzon’s latest interview and in the February 2013 issue of STRINGS Magazine.

Joe Deninzon interview with On Purpose Magazine.

“PLUGGING IN” by Joe Deninzon

If you are a string player interested in going electric and exploring the world of improvisation for the first time, buy this book today!

Read the review from STRINGS magazine!


In mid September, Stratospheerius set out to raise $5000 to film our first professional video. Thanks to all of you, our dear friends, family, and fans, our dream will become a reality! We met our Nov 17th deadline and reached our goal and will begin filming in February. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We feel truly blessed to be surrounded by so much love and support. As promised, all prizes and rewards for those who donated will be delivered in the first few months of 2013. Please be patient, as we have a lot on our plate. We will keep you all updated on the video’s progress.


Stratospheerius is proud proud to finally have the opportunity to take the fashion industry by storm!

Our super soft and comfortable shirt feature artwork from our latest CD, “The Next World.” Comes in 2 varieties: With and without ringers. Available in M, L, XL, XXL. Order your shirt today and be the envy of all your friends! 

Any order Includes immediate download of our song “The Prism” in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire!

Order T-Shirts Here




Friday, January 11th, 10:00 P.M.

118 Main St.
Nyack, NY 10960
With special guest BLUES IN SPACE
Featuring crazy electric cellist/my good friend Rubin Kodhelli. Check this band out!!!
$5 cover

Wednesday, January 30th. 9:00-10:00 P.M.
The Shrine

2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (at 134th St)
New York, NY 10030

Thursday, January 31st, 9:00 P.M.
Northstar Bar

Poplar St & North 27th St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Friday, February 15th, 9:00 P.M.
Cyber Café West

176 Main St.,
Binghamton, NY 13905
(607) 723-2456

Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon: electric violin/vocals/mandolin
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Jamie Bishop/Jon Price-bass/vocals
Aurelien Budynek/Randy McStine-guitar/vocals

Upcoming SWEET PLANTAIN shows

Sweet Plantain is proud to announce that we have signed with renowned manager, Joanne Rile! Stay tuned for upcoming tour dates in 2013!!

In the meantime, we will be showcasing alongside other Joanne Rile artists (The Ahn Trio, Leon Bates) as part of the APAP conference in New York City.

Here is information for the showcases:

Sunday, January 13th, 10:00 A.M.
Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (646) 731-3200

Monday. January 14th, 10:00 A.M.
Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street #12 New York, NY 10019
(212) 246-6655

Sweet Plantain is:
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone/vocals
Earl Maneein-stunt violin
Orlando Wells-viola
David Gotay-cello/vocals

Sweet Plantain is proud to announce that we have signed with renowned manager, Joanne Rile! Stay tuned for upcoming tour dates in 2013!!

Performing as violinist and musical director in Spider Dance with Alessandra Belloni

Friday, January 18th & Saturday January 19th, 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, January 20th, 3:00 P.M.
Tickets $25

Tarantella Spider Dance @ Theater for the New City
155 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (United States)

Joe Deninzon Residency at Oklahoma State University

Joe Deninzon will be conducting a two-day residency with the Oklahoma State High School Honors Orchestra, and will be featured as a soloist with the orchestra performing Joe’s arrangements of music by Jimi Hendrix as well as original songs from Stratospheerius.

Saturday, January 26th, 7:00 P.M.
Seretean Center Concert Hall
132 Seretean Center
Stillwater, OK 74078-4077
Get tickets


Recent bootleg footage from our show at Old Miami in Detroit on 12-14-12.

Stratospheerius LIVE footage:

On the Record


My jazz trio’s version of Radiohead’s classic, “The Tourist,” from our 2010 “Exuberance” CD has been featured on a compilation album of Radiohead covers, released on ESC records. We are honored to be included alongside some incredible artists. To order or download the CD, please visit the links below:



To order Exuberance, please visit CDBaby.

Chalk Lines

I had the privilege of laying down some electric violin tracks on the new release, “Chalk Lines,” by guitarist/vocalist Randy McStine and his band, LoFi Resistance. Randy is an incredibly talented musician who has been subbing with Stratospheerius and will be joining us on our Midwest tour Dec 13-15. The new album also features the bass playing of Dug Pinnick from one of my all-time favorite bands, Kings X.

Buy the album here:

Reviews of Stratospheerius’ “The Next World”

Our latest CD, “The Next World,” reached number 10 on the national Jamband charts and has been continuously receiving nationwide airplay and rave reviews. Here is the latest from the prog rock website www.seaoftranquility.org

Here is what other critics have been saying about the “The Next World”:

“(Stratospheerius) once again shows the world that Russians and Americans can make beautiful and exciting music together …A thrilling array of songs that run the gamut from complex prog tunes to simple ballads. “The Next World” is an electrifying album, guaranteed to take you into the stratosphere and beyond…”
-Wildman Steve
Read more…

“You just can’t go wrong with this outfit. Nor can you assume what you are going to hear when they release a new disc. While the fusion elements of previous releases are still present, this one has more pure rock in it, too. Frankly, this might be the best Stratospheerius disc yet!”
-G.W Hill
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“Every member plays with passion and invention. Budynek is tight and bright in rhythm mode and soars when the song calls for it. Bishop is a flat out low-end monster and perfectly matched with the fiery Padmore. She is that drummer every musician wants in their ensemble: a player that can blow your mind one moment, then tenderly hold your hand the next. As for Deninzon – the sounds he gets out of that violin are inhuman. His speed, precision, color, and character are just off the charts!”
-Jon Wilcox
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“A leading contender for the best rock album of 2012… Joe Deninzon’s dazzling violin solos, creative loops and effects are clearly spectacular and demonstrate that he is one of the most talented instrumentalists in the current rock scene.”
-Angel Romero
Read more…

“Tightly crafted studio pieces including intricately produced vocal articulations, electronic effects, and multi-tracked instrumentation…It’s an album with bright, vibrant tones from four players who aren’t competing, but rather congealing.”
-Wessley Britton
Read more…

“It’s in STRATOSPHEERIUS that the violinist holds the richest palette to take colors from….a fabulous vibe goes down the listener’s spine.”
Read more…

Visit The Next World homepage on the Digital Nations website

Listen to samples and download it on iTunes.

Buy it on CDbaby.

Buy it on Amazon.com.

Buy it on abstractlogix.com.

Purchase “The Next World…” and other releases on the new Stratospheerius and Joe Deninzon pages on bandcamp.com

Like the new “Plugging In” Facebook page!

The Next World review for thecornernews.com by Wildman Steve




Out of this world album

Wildman Steve

For The Corner News

Published: September 5, 2012 1:32:17 pm

Joe Deninzon is a Russian violinist born to two members of that country’s leading Philharmonic Orchestra. He’s been labeled “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin” by many, due to his extreme virtuosity on the seven-string electric violin. That’s right—seven strings. His style throughout his career has blended jazz, rock and gypsy music in ways no other could possibly imagine. He’s performed with an amazing array of musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Phoebe Snow, Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore, Smokey Robinson and Les Paul, just to name a few. He’s also performed as a solo electric violinist with the New York Ballet.

Deninzon leads the band Stratospheerius, who’ve just released their fifth album, “The Next World,” on Steve Vai’s Digital Nations label, and once again shows the world that Russians and Americans can make beautiful and exciting music together. Actually, exciting is too tame a word for this album, as it opens with the astounding “Release,” a smoking progressive rocker that will suck you into this album like an industrial vacuum. What follows is a thrilling array of songs that run the gamut from complex prog tunes to simple ballads, from Zappa-esque epics to alluring soundscapes. Deninzon’s acuity on the violin is multi-faceted and consistently over-the-top amazing, and always deeply musical.

You’ll hear nods to influences like Jean-Luc Ponty, Jerry Goodman, and Dixie Dregs’ Allen Sloane, but through it all Deninzon presents a unique personality and perspective on the violin. “The Next World” is an electrifying album, guaranteed to take you into the stratosphere and beyond.

The Next World review by Mike Popke for www.seaoftranquility.com




The fact that in-demand electric violinist Joe Deninzon has performed with everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Ritchie Blackmore to Johnny Mathis and Smokey Robinson suggests that his band Stratospheerius has broad appeal. And does it ever!

This New Jersey-based outfit’s distinct hybrid of progressive rock, jam band, funk, jazz and Gypsy influences turns Stratospheerius’ latest album, The Next World…, into a formidable musical beast. The disc opens with “Release,” a track that evokes Kansas’ savvy use of violin, borrows a reggae-pop beat and boasts an elegant vocal arrangement akin to Spock’s Beard. The Yes influence begins showing up in “The Missing Link,” the manic “Tech Support” bounces along like something Umphrey’s McGee could have written, “Climbing” has a late-summer country-rock groove that would work on mainstream radio, and “The House Always Wins” is a sparse blues ditty.

Lyrically, Stratospheerius is just as adventurous, with Deninzon’s chameleon voice shifting on each song, not so much dominating these tunes as inhabiting them. And a trio of instrumentals — two wild ones (“Road Rage” and “Fleshbot”) and the mellowest track on the album (“Ballad for Ding Bang”) — showcases Deninzon’s prowess while not slighting his talent-rich band: guitarist Aurelien Budynek, bassist Jamie Bishop and drummer Lucianna Padmore.

Every Deninzon and Stratospheerius album is worthy of your attention, but if you’re new to these guys, start here. And if you’re not — well, you know you want this…

Track Listing: 
1) Release 
2) The Missing Link 
3) Tech Support 
4) Climbing 
5) Fleshbot 
6) The House Always Wins 
7) Gods 
8) Ballad for Ding Bang 
9) Road Rage 
10) One Foot in the Next World 
11) The Prism

Added: August 29th 2012
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