ALL ABOUT VIOLINIST/VOCALIST/COMPOSER/MANDOLINIST
Happy Spring! Hope you are all continuing to stay positive, stand up for what you believe in, and spread love and beautiful vibrations throughout the universe. Here are some things I’ve already cooked and am currently in the process of cooking up for your consumption in the coming warm months:
Sycamore and SEE1
On February 24th, I returned for the third year in a row to Sycamore High School in Blue Ash, OH near Cincinnatti to work with the incredibly talented young musicians in SEE1 (Sycamore Electric Ensemble). Under the incredible direction of David Smarelli, the kids worked hard to prepare a two-hr concert of music by Stratospheerius, AC/DC, Heart, Aerosmith, Michael Jacks, Jean Lucianna Ponty, Fall Out Boy, Soundgarden, and more…
Mr. Smarelli is retiring after 35 years of teaching. I want to express my gratitude andwish him well. This was an inspiring collaboration I will never forget!
On March 4th, I gave a presentation on “How to Read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets” at the annual ASTA (American String Teachers Conference) in Pittsburg, PA. The topic is a gaping hole in the education of many string players and my class was well attended. Afterwards, I showed my gratitude to artist rep Lyris Hung and D’Addario for sponsoring my class by doing an impromptu performance at their booth. Here is what went down:
The world of Stratospheerius
Stratospheerius played two shows at Olive’s in Nyack (Feb 10th) and The Shrine in NYC (March 9th) billed as Night of the Living Shred, with two incredible bands, Ad Astra and Valence. We will be repeating this party at the Shrine on Halloween night, 2017. Stay tuned…
Stratospheerius also recently performed on March 18thwith Trio of Madness for their CD Release party at the NJ Proghouse at Roxy & Duke’s in Dunellen, NJ. Here are some pics from the show, courtesy of JP Fitzgerald:
We are currently negotiating a record deal with a very cool indy label (TBA) and are in the final mixing/editing stages of the last two songs on the record. Stay tuned for updated, samples, etc….
On March 8th, my new solo cello piece, “Fake 45,” was premiered by the incredible Craig Hultgren as part of the annual Composers Concordance Festival in NYC. Thank you to Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper for the opportunity. Video is forthcoming…
Upcoming Stratospheerius shows
Thursday, April 13th, 7:30 P.M.
Joe Deninzon returns to teach/perform at
Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp/Festival
When I was 17, I was a misfit at my high school A violin nerd who had a deep love for Led Zeppelin,. Rush, Kiss, ACDC, Zappa, and wanted to rock out! If only a camp like this existed when I was 17, I would have been all over it! I see my younger self in every kid who attends. There really is a familial atmosphere and I have made lasting friendships with campers, teachers, and fellow colleagues who are a part of this incredible experience! It is not just for string geeks; guitarists, bassists, singers, drummers, keyboard players, teachers and students of all ages are welcome! I can’t speak enough about what a game changer this week has been for so many musicians and can be for you! Mark Wood is a legendary player/teacher/composer in his own right and designed the 7-string Viper electric violin which I have been playing for two decades! I am honored and excited to be coming back for my 7th year as a faculty member at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp/Music Festival! Register today at:
Check out this excerpt of “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra,” by Joe Deninzon
Performed by Muncie Symphony Orchestra. musical Director, Douglas Droste.