THE LATEST ON VIOLINIST/VOCALIST JOE DENINZON
It’s been a roller coaster ride of experiences and emotions so far this spring. Some wonderful performances and opportunities have opened up while I also lost a dear friend. Here is what coming up and what has come to pass:
R.I.P. David Gotay
The world has lost an incredible musician and a beautiful soul. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my dear friend David Gotay after a long battle with kidney cancer. We are all in awe of the dignity and bravery with which he carried himself during his illness. He stopped his chemo a few weeks ago and spent his final days with no pain killers. When I last visited him, he hadn’t lost his sense of humor and we talked about life and music like we usually do, playing each other pieces we were both working on. For a moment, it felt like any other hang that we had in the past. We shared incredible moments on tour with Sweet Plantain, the group he founded and built up to huge success. He was the only cellist I knew who could rap and play cello at the same time. He was an incredible player and composer, who successfully merged his classical upbringing with his love of hip hop. He was and is loved by many people who’s lives he touched and enriched.
How do you say goodbye to someone for the last time? In our last meeting, I made a joke that he was gonna get to jam with Hendrix and Pablo Casals. “See you on the other side, my friend,” he said.
Rest in peace, Goat Burger.
Here is a performance Sweet Plantain did a few years ago at Severance Hall in my hometown of Cleveland. David plays a beautiful improvised cadenza at 1:24. Please enjoy!
Sweet Plantain Performance in Troy, NY
Friday, April 10th
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Presented by Troy Savings Bank
30 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
Performing music by:
Eddie Venegas, Joe Deninzon, David Gotay, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Aldemaro Romero, Luiz Simas, Cole Porter, and more…
Sweet Plantain is:
Orlando Wells/Eddie Hardy-viola
Upcoming Stratospheerius shows
Sunday, April 12th
158 Ludlow St.
New York, NY
With Autumn-Electric (amazing prog band out of Seattle!)
STRATOSPHEERIUS ANNOUNCES SONIC VOYAGES FESTIVAL!
Stratospheerius is proud to announce the launch of the Sonic Voyages Festival
Sonic Voyages is a traveling music festival involving three incredible bands, Stratospheerius (www.stratospheerius.com), Shadow Eden, and Circuline
The festival involves educational workshops for young musicians and music lovers in the afternoon, followed by performances by all three bands, as well as additional sets by local bands in each city.
Our maiden voyages is a tour of New England in May. Here are the dates:
Friday. May 22nd, 7 P.M.
2071 Park St.
Saturday, May 23rd, 8: P.M.
Ralph’s Rock Diner
With Black Knight’s Castle (Joe Stump), Ben Levin Group, Shadow Eden
148 Grove St.
Sunday, May 24th, 6 P.M.
5 Granite St.
Joe Deninzon-lead vocals/electric violin/mandolin
“STRATOSPHEERIUS LEADER SAYS IT’S A GOODTIME TO BE A PROG ROCK MUSICIAN.”
I am honored to appear on “Galaxy Mechanics,” The sophomore effort from the incredible progressive band, Fractured Dimension. (https://www.facebook.com/thefractureddimension)
NEW STRATOSPHEERIUS SINGLE, “GUILTY OF INNOCENCE,” AVAILABLE NOW
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The new single by Stratospheerius, “Guilty of Innocence,” is now officially available for streaming and downloads. Going for a retro new wave Police/Talking Heads sort of vibe on this one, with mad electric fiddle spray painted all over the track.
Inspired by a recent stint in jury duty. A commentary on how we are all just trying to save ourselves and refuse to take responsibility for our actions, and look the other way when injustice is being committed.
The cover features the debut artwork of my 6-year old son, Max Deninzon.
Stream or download for $1. Enjoy!
Written by Joe Deninzon
Performed by Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius
Joe Deninzon-lead vocals, electric violin
Aurelien Budynek-guitar, background vocals
Jamie Bishop-bass/background vocals
Engineered by Rave Tesar. Studio X Ridgewood, NJ
Mixed by Nic Hard
Mastered by Rave Tesar
Check out our other recently-released single, “Behind the Curtain,”
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL
This summer, I will be once again returning to teach at the incredible Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
This is the ONLY CAMP IN THE WORLD centered around electric strings, but is also open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, and bassists. I am honored and humbled to be among world-renowned faculty including Tracy Silverman, Daniel Bernard Romaine, Doctor David Wallace, and the trailblazing Mark Wood!
This year, the camp will also feature the rock cellists, Emil and Dariel from America’s Got Talent!
Register TODAY at www.mwroc.com