Dear Friends,

It’s been an incredible and inspiring summer so far! After gigging and teaching my ass of through June and July, my wife Yulia has me on vacation lockdown the first two weeks of August (Bless her heart), and then I’m off again to the Grand Canyon Music Festival. Here’s I’ve been up to:

Stratospheerius “The Next World” made the top 10 “Best of 2012” list!

This is a UK-based podcast focusing on Progressive rock, hosted by our friend Ian Fairhorn.

Here is the Mixcloud version:

“One Foot in the Next World” Video


Stratospheerius’ first official video has been getting multiple views and great feedback. We are about to launch a full-scale promotion for video, hopefully bringing it to every possible outlet where music videos are shown these days. Check it out at (LINK). Blog it, tweet it, tell your friends.

Education Station

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I am still flying high from my third year teaching at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp, which took place during the third week of July in Olathe, KS.  Folks, I have given clinics at many camps, colleges, high schools, outreach programs, music conferences. I swear to you, there is NOTHING else like this! If you have never experienced it, you have no idea what you’re missing. I have never been in an environment with this degree of love, mutual respect, abundant talent both among the faculty and the campers, and a genuine desire to build everyone around you up rather than cut them down. This should be a model for every music camp/educational organization in the world. If you are a string player (or vocalist, guitarists, bassist), SIGN UP FOR NEXT YEAR….DO IT NOW!!!!!!!

Here are a few of my personal highlights:

Playing my electric string quartet arrangement of Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Dance of Maya with the amazing Tracy Silverman (violin), David Wallace (viola) Lucas Shogren (cello), and Matt Vanacorro (drums).

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Singing Emerson Lake & Palmer’s Karn Evil 9 with the Mark Wood Orchestra dressed as a circus ringmaster., complete with top hat, cape and fake mustache.

Performing my friend Dave Wallace’s arrangement of the old spiritual (“Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?”), alongside internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

Sharing my wacky knowledge and twisted approach to the electric violin with classes such as “Power Chord Workout”, “Singing and Playing”, “FX”, and my new one, “3D Rock”, where I show how I work the electric violin into a typical rock arrangement step by step.

Filled with good vibes from MWROC, I travelled to Souderton, PA to be the guest artist/clinician at the Got Strings? Music camp. ( I did a one-hr solo electric performance incorporating loops and other gadgets (a new thing I’ve been developing), and the kids played my arrangement of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and my original song, “Ballad for Ding Bang.”



My next adventure? A return to the Grand Canyon Music Festival ( Aug 19th-23rd.

This is my 13th (I think) year coming back to one of the most beautiful places onearth to teach and perform. Once again, I will be performing with renowned harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio ( Here’s all the info:

Thursday, August 21st

7:30 P.M.

Robert Bonfiglio Group

Robert Bonfiglio-harmonica

Joe Deninzon-violin

Steve Benson-guitar

Shrine of the Ages

South Rim

Grand Canyon, AZ

Tickets: $15 adults/$8 children

Also, this marks the 7th year of the Grand Canyon School of Rock program I co-founded. With my partner in crime, guitar guru Steve Benson, we take local kids who have little or no access to music education and put a band together. In a mere four days, we put a 45-minute set of music together, and the kids get to perform twice at the end of the week! I’ve seen miracles happen in which kids who have been playing guitar for as little as 2 weeks work their tails off and are able to get through a successful performance after only 3 days of rehearsal! It’s always exhilarating and reminds me why I love what I do.

Upcoming Stratospheerius Shows

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Thursday, September 26th

The Shrine

2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd

(Near 134th St)

5 incredible bands!

One of my closest friends and colleagues, David Gotay is a NYC-based cellist/rapper/composer who was recently diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer in May. David’s insurance does not cover chemotherapy or hospitalization.

The cancer has spread to his brain and partially paralyzed his left arm, preventing him from playing cello, which is his primary source of income. Please come and hear some incredible music and support our friend in the fight for his life! All donations and merch sales go to help David pay his bills and living expenses.

6 PM Erbium (

7 PM Blues in Space (

8 PM Stratospheerius (

9 PM Resolution 15 (

10 PM Andy Milne/Dapp Theory (

11 PM Sound Liberation (

Friday, Sept 27th

10 PM


118 Main St.

Nyack, NY


$5 cover


Israeli guitarist Gadi Caplan


Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Stratospheerius is:

Joe Deninzon: electric violin/vocals/mandolin

Lucianna Padmore-drums

Jamie Bishop -bass/vocals

Aurelien Budynek-guitar/vocals


“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!

Like the new “Plugging In” Facebook page!



Amazing interview with Joe Deninzon in Spring issue of Progression Magazine

Read full interview HERE:

 Joe Deninzon interview in “Prog Talk” section of Downbeat Magazine

by Eric Harabadian



stratos T-Shirt

Stratospheerius is 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!


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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 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

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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

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“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

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

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