DENINZONEWS FALL 2019

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 https://renaissancetouring.com/tour/ 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.
Nyack,NY
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!
https://www.facebook.com/events/505511826870985/

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….

Whew!

-JD

DENINZONEWS SPRING/SUMMER 2019

DENINZONEWS SPRING/SUMMER 2019
All the news that’s fit to print about violinist/singer/mandolinist/composer/arranger Joe Deninzon

Greetings, all!

HAPPY SUMMER!
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.
FREE CONCERT!

OCTOBER 11TH-13TH, STRATOSPHEERIUS PERFORMS ON THE MAIN STAGE AT PROGSTOCK 3!
UNION COUNTRY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. RAHWAY, NJ

https://www.facebook.com/events/2388020534583009/

THE GREATEST LIVES

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.

STRATOSPHEERIUS IS BACK IN THE STUDIO!


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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DENINZONEWS WINTER 2018/2019

DENINZONEWS WINTER 2019
All the news that’s fit to print about violinist/vocalist/composer
Joe Deninzon

SEASON’S GREETINGS!


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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UPCOMING SHOWS

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
$25
https://www.facebook.com/events/1907312582697236/


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
https://www.facebook.com/events/2203461596567509/

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
$25
(786) 650-2073
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sweet-plantain-string-quartet-tickets-48249568759
https://www.facebook.com/events/208656633348638/

STUDIO WORK


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!

PRESS

Joe Deninzon interview with Tom Hatton of Proglodytes
https://proglodytes.com/2018/11/26/interview-with-violin-virtuoso-joe-deninzon/

Joe Deninzon interview with Pete’s Rock and Views
http://petesrocknewsandviews.com/joe-deninzon-interview/

JOE DENINZON SHEET MUSIC IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE!

SHOCK THERAPY FOR SOLO VIOLIN WITH BACKING TRACK
CD features members of Stratospheerius

Order HERE!

If you buy the video and play it, please post photo/video/audio on social media with #playshocktherapy

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

“WHAT’S THAT THANG?” FOR STRING QUARTET

Order HERE!

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).

If you buy the video and play it, please post photo/video/audio on social media with #playthatthang!

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

Peace and love,

-JD

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