DENINZONEWS WINTER 2017
The latest on Violinist/vocalist/composer/mandolinist Joe Deninzon
Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 was a crazy year, to say the least. With the divisive presidential election, and the tremendous losses in the the world of film and music, here’s hoping 2017 is a better year for all of us. I know it’s hard to be optimistic in these troubled times, but I Joe Deninzon, am a stubborn, idealistic, optimistic dreamer, proudly so til my dying day!
On a personal level, I got to do some very cool things in 2016 for which I am grateful:
I ran the NYC Marathon for the first time, had some incredibly inspiring residencies at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Highland School in Medina, OH, Sycamore HS in Cincinnatti, OH. Another great year teaching and playing at Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp. Unforgettable performances by Sweet Plantain in NYC, NJ, St. John, St. Thomas, Grand Canyon. Performances with Circuline at ROSfest. Stratospheerius Midwest tours and appearances in Maine, NY, NJ, Connecticut.
This year promises more touring with Sweet Plantain and Stratospheerius, more studio work, collaborations, residencies and teaching opportunities, and … (drumroll please), the release of the new STRATOSPHEERIUS CD (hopefully) in the fall. Stay tuned…
I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy 2017! Stand up for what you believe in, try to talk to people you may not necessarily agree with, communicate and spread love, and always seek inspiration and never lose hope.
STRATOSPHEERIUS is NOW on TWITTER. Follow us @ www.twitter.com/@stratospheerius
Joe Deninzon Electric Violin Concerto
In September of 2015, I played the world premier of my “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra,” With the Muncie Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Douglas Droste. After a lengthy editing process and clearance from the orchestra’s management, I can now share this highlight reel of the concerto. I am working on getting the piece played by many different players and orchestras worldwide. Stay tuned for updates! If you would like to see/hear the whole 30-minute performance, please contact me.
Saturday, January 28th
SWEET PLANTAIN performs @
January THAW Music Festival
715 Grand Ave
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Thursday, Feb 9th 7 P.M.
Bergen Arts presents Sweet Plantain @ Saint Peter’s University
St. Aedan’s Parish
800 Bergen Ave.
Jersey City, NJ
Friday, Feb 10th
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHRED!
Featuring STRATOSPHEERIUS, AD ASTRA and VALENCE
Friday, Feb 10th. 10 PM-2 AM
118 N Main St.
Thursday, March 9th
“NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHRED!
STRATOSPHEERIUS, AD ASTRA and VALENCE
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, NY 10030
For these shows, STRATOSPHEERIUS IS:
Joe Deninzon/electric violin/lead vocals/mandolin
Jamie Bishop/Gary Pickard-bass
Friday, February 24th, Joe Deninzon residency/performance with Sycamore HS Electric Ensemble in Blue Ash, OH.
For the third year in a row, I am psyched to return to Sycamore HS in Cincinnatti to rock out with the SEE1 band and perform music by Fallout Boy, Aerosmith, Heart, ACDC, Pink Floyd, Soundgarden, and Stratospheerius!
Friday, Feb 24th 7:30 P.M.
Sycamore High School
7400 Cornell Rd.
Montgomery, OH 45242
Saturday, March 4th. Joe Deninzon returns to ASTA conference
The ASTA (American String Teachers Association) conference is like the NAMM show for string geeks. I have been honored to be asked back for the sixth time to to a workshop there. This year, I will be demonstrating to string players how to read chord charts and lead sheets, a skill I feel is severely lacking among string players and greatly in need for all musicians!
My workshop will be on Saturday, March 4th at 8:15 AM
at David L Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA
1000 Ft Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
For more information, please visit www.astaweb.com/NationalConference
JOE DENINZON NEW SOLO LOOP VIDEOS
I recently recorded a bunch of solo electric violin loop videos. Here are the first two finished edits: DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean,” and (in honor of his 75th birthday), Chick Corea’s “Armando’s Rhumba.”
CAKE BY THE OCEAN by DNCE
ARMANDO’S RHUMBA by Chick Corea
Sweet Plantain performing on “The Sound Rom.” 9/19/16
WEEU Reading, PA
Give the string player in your life new abilities to rock out and blow people’s minds!
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