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


Happy Holidays, friends!

Looking for some gifts and stocking stuffers?
We got em RIGHT HERE!

For a limited time, all the music and merch on the Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Bandcamp pages is …..well…CHEAPER!
Downloads: 75¢
CD’s: Only $5!
T-shirts-15 (Marked down from $20
Vinyl-$15 (Marked down from $20)
“Plugging in” Book/CD/DVD-only $20! (Marked down from $30)

To take advantage of these limited offers, visit

Dec 3rd, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius release first single/video from upcoming live DVD!

On Friday,  December 3rd, I’m celebrating my birthday by releasing the first single off Stratospheerius upcoming “Live at Progstock” CD/DVD, titled “Game of Chicken.”

Join the viewing party at 9:00 P.M. EST THIS FRIDAY!
We’ll be premiering the live video on YouTube and dropping the single on Bandcamp and all streaming services.
Here’s the link for the Youtube premier!

Pre-Order your copy HERE!

Here’s the link to watch the world premier on Dec 3rd at 9 PM.

Sweet Plantain performs a FREE concert this Sunday at “The Woodland”

Take a break from your holiday shopping, and join us for a FREE concert for all ages at
60 Woodland Road Maplewood, NJ, 07040
Sunday, Nov 29th, 4 PM

Sweet Plantain is:

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

Joe Deninzon Holiday Residency at American Dream Mall

I am excited to be performing with some of my favorite musicians, for 5 FREE shows at American dream Mall in East Rutherford, NJ. One of the biggest malls on the planet, with indoor amusement parks, wave pools, ski runs, and a LOT of live music! Visit for more information. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, Nov 30th, 5-9 PM: Jazz duo with guitarist Steve Benson
Sunday, December 5th, 5-8 PM: Electric string trio with Katie Jacoby (The Who) and Meg Okura (Pan Asian Jazz Ensemble)
Thursday, Dec 16th, 5-9 PM: Duo with electric cellist Bryan Wilson
Wednesday, Dec 22nd, 5-9 PM: Duo electric violin/live looping and tracks
Thursday, Dec 23rd, 5-9 PM: Jazz duo with guitarist Steve Benson

Hope to see you there! Happy Holidays, stay healthy, and be good to each other!

Love,m and music,

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All the news that’s fit to print about violinst/composer/singe/mandolinist Joe Deninzon

Greetings. friends!
It’s been a very productive time in my little world of musical mayhem.

Stratospheerius headlines PROGSTOCK

Progstock is the biggest Progressive Rock festival in the Northeast United States, and is run by our good friends Tom Palmieri and Ann Rinaldi. Last year, there were able to keep the festival going virtually. This year, they did it in person, but with strict rules on vaccinations for artists and attendees. With lower than normal attendance due to covid, they pushed forward and made it work! This was the festival’s 5th year and we are proud do say we have performed in 4 of them. This year was different. Upon hearing that their Saturday headliner Brand X had to cancel due to guitarist John Goodsall falling ill with pneumonia, we were invited on one week’s notice to headline the festival. Coincidentally, my friend Rachel Flowers would be playing right before us and our old guitarist Alex Skolnick would be accompanying bass legend Percy Jones in the set right after us. I saw a great opportunity to collaborate with both of these amazing artists and invite them up during our set as special guest. The festival was held at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. In the middle of Stratospheerius’ set, I gave the band a break and did an intimate duo performance of Kansas “Dust in the Wind” with Rachel as a tribute both to recently deceased violinist/singer/songwriter Robie Steingart, and a tribute to the millions of people who passed during the pandemic. The second song was a tribute to Chick Corea, and we invited Alex Skolnick to join us on guitar. Playing with these two world-class musicians was an amazing experience, and the audience felt our energy and many said it was the highlight of the festival for them. Later on, Alex joined Stratospheerius for a song he co-wrote with me twenty years ago, “Heavy Shtettle.”
Here’s an awesome review by Thomas Hatton for Proglodytes:

ProgStock 2021: Day Two

Here’s a video of Spain with myself, Rachel Flowers, and Alex Skolnick shot from a member of the audience.

And here’s a video of Stratospheerius performing Storm Surge with special guest Rachel Flowers


Here are some photos. As we wrap up editing the Live from Progstock 2019 DVD, it looks like we have some new 2021 footage and audio that we might include. Who knows? Maybe we’ll turn it into a compilation…


Composers Now is an organization founded by renowned composer Tania Leon that promotes the music of  modern composers. I am honored to be included in their IMPACT series this month alongside Laura Schwendinger. The livestream premier was on Thursday October 7th, but you can watch a rerun of it here. Thank you to Tanya and everyone in the organization.

Sweet Plantain upcoming concerts

My Latin Jazz string quartet, Sweet Plantain, hard a lot of concerts coming up in the NYC area. Most of them are free to the public!

Local 802 Centennial Celebration at Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park | Manhattan
October 12, 2021 12 PM

Chelsea Table + Stage | Manhattan
November 12, 2021 1 PM

The Woodland, Great Hall | Maplewood, NJ
November 28, 2021

Stratospheerius LIVE again in NYC & NJ!

Hot off our Progstock and Olive’s performances and hard at work on our upcoming live and studio albums, Stratospheerius is excited to return to Manhattan for the first time since the pandemic hit for a night of epic PROG!

Tuesday, Oct 12th, 7 P.M.
Composers Now and Sonic Voyage Fest present
Stratospheerius, Mile Marker Zero, Ad Astra, and King Dutch
Arlene’s Grocery
95 Stanton St.

Thursday, Oct 21st, 8 P.M.
Fusionfest with Stratospheerius, Andy Rothstein Band, and One More Once
78 North Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027

For Your Consideration (FYC)

After many years, I finally became a member of  NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). This means I can vote for the Grammy’s, and also submit some of my stuff. …cause hey, you never know!🤷‍♂️

Stratospheerius released two singles in the past year that qualify for consideration; “Cognitive Dissonance” (featuring Rany McStine) and “Storm Surge” (featuring Michael Sadler, Rachel Flowers, Fernando Perdomo, and Ruti Celli.) Here is the info, with a link to the page on my website where you can check out the songs and their videos. If you’re a member of NARAS, please review these songs when time allows. We humbly thank your your consideration.

Thank you all for continuing to support live music!

Love and blessings,


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

Hi, all!

It’s beginning to sound like a cliche by now, but I gotta say it: I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. As the summer winds down, I have to look back and say …’s been a fun ride! Work has come back with a vengeance, and I’ve been playing tons of private events, doing concerts with amazing artists like Brooklyn Raga Massive & Sweet Plantain, still teaching virtually (MWROC, Strings Without Boundaries, Stringmasters) and recording (including an Uber commercial that ran during the Olympics). I take NOTHING for granted and, with covid seeming to take a bit of a comeback, I hope and pray that live music survives and my fellow musicians and I don’t have to go back on unemployment! And I hope you all take the vaccine and take care of yourselves and each other. Here’s what’s planned for the fall…..and let’s hope it stays that way!

For Your Consideration

After many years, I finally became a member of  NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). This means I can vote for the Grammy’s, and also submit some of my stuff. …cause hey, you never know!🤷‍♂️

Stratospheerius released two singles in the past year that qualify for consideration; “Cognitive Dissonance” (featuring Rany McStine) and “Storm Surge” (featuring Michael Sadler, Rachel Flowers, Fernando Perdomo, and Ruti Celli.) Here is the info, with a link to the page on my website where you can check out the songs and their videos. If you’re a member of NARAS, please review these songs when time allows. We humbly thank your your consideration.


Ladies and Gentlemen, Stratospheerius is proud to announce that after a very long hiatus and barring unforeseen circumstances, we will be returning to the stage this fall! Three, count em, THREE NY-area shows!

Friday, Sept 24th
118 N. Main St.
Nyack, NY
Sonic Voyage Fest with Ad Astra and Mile Marker Zero
9 P.M.

Tuesday, October 12th
Arlene’s Grocery
95 Stanton St.
New York, NY
Sonic Voyage Fest with Ad Astra, Mile Marker Zero, and King Dutch

Thursday, October 21st
78 North Ave.
Garwood, NJ
Fusionfest with Andy Rothstein Band and One More Once

Stratospheerius is:

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


My big brother from another mother, Tracy Silverman is a pioneer in the world of electric violin. He is the author of the string groove bible, “Strum Bowing,” which I contributed to. He’s worked with the Turtle Island String Quartet, The Whooten Brothers, John Adams (the composer not the president), Tery Riley. He has revolutionized the instrument in the realm of New Music. His new podcast, “For the Greater Groove,” explores the future of string playing through the prism of rhythm and groove outside of the classical cannon, something that I’ve been exploring and teaching through my whole career. He has interviewed Mark O’Connor, Cassey Driessen, Mark Wood, Julie Lyon Lieberman, and Dave Wallace, Darol Anger, and Christian Howes, to name a few, and I’m honored to be included among these giants of the string world! Here’s a link to my interview and here are two really fun groove collars we did in conjunction, jamming on James Brown’s “The Chicken” And “Freedom” by Jimi Hendrix.


Grand Canyon Music Festival & School of Rock Sept 17-18

This will be my 21st (?!) year performing with harmonica demon Robert Bonfiglio at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, but more importantly, the 15th year of the program I co-founded, the “Grand Canyon School of Rock.” No, we’re not talking about geology here, people, this is ROCK N ROLL, baby! We show up on Monday, form a rock n roll band with a bunch of local kids living near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, put a show together in three days, and perform it twice. It’s always an exhilarating experience bother us and the kids. Thank you to my friend and partner, guitarist Steve Benson, and bassist John Vail, as well as Rene Westbrook, and the new music teacher at Grand Canyon School, Amy Laughlin. Last year, the program was virtual Check out the song the kids wrote and recorded together!

Bonfiglio group performs at the Shrine of the Ages, South Rim on Friday Sept 17th & Saturday, Sept 18th at 7 PM PCT.

Other upcoming performances:

Performing duo concert with pianist/composer Luiz Simas
Saturday, October 9th, 3 P.M.
Salon 33, Princeton Junction

Sweet Plantain performs
Sunday, November 28th, 4 PM
Maplewood Classics Concert Series

Sweet Plantain is:
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Orlando Wells-viola
Leo Grinhauz-cello

Joe Deninzon joins faculty of NJCU

I am honored to join the esteemed faculty of the NJCU “Multi-Style” string program, headed by Martha Mooke. Bachelors and Masters degrees are available.

Visit their website for more information.

My parting gift for you is a recent video I did for a private event gig, performing a jazzy bossa nova version of “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd with my old friend Lucianna Padmore on drums, Stephen Benson on guitar, Nathan Peck on bass, and Jason Teboreck on keys. Hope you dig it!


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All the news that’s fit to print about violinist/vocalist/composer/ and all around nice guy, Joe Deninzon

Greetings, friends!

Happy Summer! I can’t tell you how excited I am that live music is coming back! My two main bands, Stratospheerius and Sweet Plantain, are finally getting back to the stage. Sweet Plantain is finalizing some shows in upstate NY, Stratospheerius is performing our first live gig in over a year at a private event on August 7th, and is about to announce a show at our favorite bar, Olives in Nyack on September 24th with Mile Marker Zero and Ad Astra. There will be shows booked in Manhattan as well. Expect another email blast real soon.


IN addition to performing, teaching is a deep passion of mine. I am fortunate to be a part of the revolution that is currently sweeping the world of string playing and string education. The goal is to break string players out of the limited scope that a strict classical education will bring. To prepare string players to be fluent in multiple styles of music, familiar with technology, social media promotion, and know how create your brand and function as a successful small business. With 23 years of experience as a busy freelancing violinist in New York and having earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in music, I KNOW the divide that exists between what you learn in a music conservatory and what you really need to know in the real world! I am involved in a number of amazing online educational opportunities in the “multistyle/alternative/whatever you wanna call it” string universe.

June 16, 24, and 30th Joe Deninzon Rock 101 Zoom classes on WWW.STRINGMASTERS.COM

Attention violinists, violists, and cellists!

I am psyched to teach my Rock 101 group lessons on! We will learn about the basics of rock (power chords, blues and pentatonic scales, song construction), write a song together, work on improv, talk about gear, and explore how to chart out a song, create your part, and be a successful functioning string player in a band. Acoustic and electric players are welcome! Classes are June 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 7 Pm EST.

I have been teaching privately on the Stringmasters platform for the past year. This is a great resource where you can archive all your lessons. The small group lessons they are offering are for up to 5 people. More intimate than a large class. The price is only $150 for three lessons! It’s like getting three lessons for the price of one! Here is the breakdown:

Lesson 1: We learn about power chords, how they are the building blocks of rock and can be used as a foundation for thinking harmonically and learning songs. Then we blast through songs by Blink 182, Ramones, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The White Stripes, and more! I also introduce the blues and pentatonic scales.

Lesson 2: Building a riff: We write a song together using pentatonic/blues riffs and power chords. We also explore soloing using pentatonics.

Lesson 3: What is your role as string player in a rock band? When do you play in the song? How do you build a cool part without getting in the way of the singer? We talk about charting out a song, creating a roadmap for your part, where to play and lay out. We also talk about gear and stage presence.

The class is almost full, so if you’re a violinist, violist, or cellist with a classical background who wants to dive into the ocean of ROCK, this class is for you! 

Here is the link to the registration page:


Julie Lyonn Lieberman is a living legend in the world of string education. I am honored to teach at her virtual String Summit for the third time, alongside an all-star cast of colleagues; Jeremy Kittel, Chris Haigh, Chuck Bontrager, David Wallace, Vi Wickam, Jeremy Cohen, and more!

I will be teaching and co-teaching four “Deep Dive” classes:

Thursday, July 8th. 9 AM-12:30 PM EST
“Soloing with Pizzaz” with Julie Lyon. Lieberman
Learn some tricks and schticks to make your solos more dramatic and more interesting. Learn to “get out of your own way” and become a successful improvisor.

Friday, July 9th. 9 AM-12:30 PM EST
“Rock & Pop String Arranging”

Saturday, July 10th. 9 AM-12:30 PM EST
“Rock Strings” with David Wallace

Sunday, July 11th 9 AM-12:30 PM EST
“Looping and Special Effects” with Chuck Bontrager

Register TODAY at!

Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp July 12-16

For the 11th year in a row, I have the honor of teaching at the camp run by the legendary Mark Wood, the man who designed my weapon of choice, my 7-string fretted Viper electric violin. This camp usually takes place in Olathe, KS, but once again we have decided to go virtual this year. I will be co-teaching an arranging class with Dr. David Wallace, head of the String Department at Berklee College of Music. There will be amazing workshops by Tracy Silverman, Chuck Bontrager, Mia Asan, Brooke Alfred, Greg Byers, Alissa Jackman, and more. This camp is mainly focused on electric strings but is open to all singers and instrumentalists.

Register at WWW.MWROC.COM


I’m excited to be joining the faculty of NJCU’s new “Multi-Styles” string program alongside Jeremy Kittel, Regina Carter, Dave Eggar , Lou Cosma, and Edmar Castaneda.

Thank you to Martha Mooke for her tireless work in creating this program!
You can get a B.A. or a Master’s degree.
New Jersey City University is the first in the country to offer this cutting edge program. Multi-Style Strings embraces all styles of music, technology and improvisation with a mission to support creative exploration, empower artistic identity and provide practical tools essential for the 21st century string player to develop their potential

As I finalize details about performance dates in the coming months, I will be sending you guys another blast with all that info soon. Until then, take care of yourselves and enjoy the summer!

Rock on!