Upcoming events for violinist Joe Deninzon (www.joedeninzon.com) and Stratospheerius (www.stratospheerius.com)
Hope you’re all staying warm and managing to get out and hear some live music every once in a while. January was an incredible month. I was honored to perform orchestral arrangements of some of my/Stratospheerius songs with the Oklahoma all-state honors high school orchestra at Oklahoma State University. Thanks to my friend Christian Howes (www.christianhowes.com) and director Douglas Droste for giving me the opportunity. These education residencies are a great source of inspiration for me and I hope to be able to do more of them in the future. Stratospheerius and Sweet Plantain had some amazing shows as well, and there’s a lot more to come in the next few months…
Here’s what’s happening in February and March:
Friday, February 15th 9:00 P.M.
Cyber Café West
176 Main St.,
Binghamton, NY 13905
Friday, March 22nd, 10:00 P.M.
118 Main St.
Nyack, NY 10960
Joe Deninzon: electric violin/vocals/mandolin
Jamie Bishop -bass/vocals
“THE LAPTOP AS THE 5TH MEMBER OF THE STRING QUARTET.”
SWEET PLANTAIN PRESENTS CLINIC AT ASTA CONFERENCE
Sweet Plantain will be presenting our first clinic at the annual American String Teacher’s Association Conference in Providence, RI on Saturday, March 2nd.
The clinic, titled “The Laptop as a 5th Member of the String Quartet,” will explore incorporating electronic music, programming beats, etc into an acoustic string quartet setting. Sweet Plantain will demonstrate these techniques performing original compositions like “Excursions,” (Incorporating samples from A Tribe Called Quest) and “Concerto for Nation” (Mixing Vivaldi double Cello Concerto with hip hop beats and lyrics).
Sweet Plantain would like to thank D’Addario Strings for sponsoring this clinic.
For more information about the clinic, please visit this link:
Saturday, March 2nd
Room 554 A/B
The Westin Providence
One West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Sweet Plantain is:
STRATOSPHEERIUS T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE!
Stratospheerius is proud to finally have the opportunity to take the fashion industry by storm!
Our super soft and comfortable shirt feature artwork from our latest CD, “The Next World.” Comes in 2 varieties: With and without ringers. Available in M, L, XL, XXL. Order your shirt today and be the envy of all your friends! Any order Includes immediate download of our song The Prism in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire!
STRATOSPHEERIUS TO BEGIN FILMING VIDEO
After numerous delays related to scheduling and insurance issues, we are finally set to film our video for “One Foot in the Next World” on Feb 27th (weather permitting, of course) at Bethlehem Steelstax. We will keep you posted on the filming progress of the video. Thanks again for all those who donated and helped make our kickstarter campaign a success! We are sending out prizes. You can still donate to help the project and receive tons of great prizes, like free CD’s, t-shirts, books, DVD’s, signed posters, personal concerts and music lessons, and more…
Here is the link:
Joe Deninzon’s latest interview and in the February 2013 issue of STRINGS Magazine
Joe Deninzon interview with On Purpose Magazine
“PLUGGING IN” by Joe Deninzon
If you are a string player interested in going electric and exploring the world of improvisation for the first time, buy this book today!
Read the review from STRINGS magazine!
Like the new “Plugging In” Facebook page!
NEW VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
Recent bootleg footage from our show at Old Miami in Detroit on 12-14-12.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AImUeJg6Ucc
Stratospheerius LIVE footage:
On the Record
My jazz trio’s version of Radiohead’s classic, “The Tourist,” from our 2010 “Exuberance” CD has been featured on a compilation album of Radiohead covers, released on ESC records. We are honored to be included alongside some incredible artists. To order or download the CD, please visit the links below:
To order Exuberance, Please visit: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/deninzontrio
Lo-Fi Resistance Chalk Lines
I had the privilege of laying down some electric violin tracks on the new release, “Chalk Lines,” by guitarist/vocalist Randy McStine and his band, LoFi Resistance. Randy is an incredibly talented musician who has been subbing with Stratospheerius and recently joined us on our Midwest tour Dec 13-15. The new album also features the bass playing of Dug Pinnick from one of my all-time favorite bands, “Kings X” (http://www.kingsxrocks.com).
Buy the album here:
Reviews of Stratospheerius’ “The Next World”
Our latest CD, “The Next World,” reached number 10 on the national Jamband charts and has been continuously receiving nationwide airplay and rave reviews. Here is the latest from the prog rock website www.seaoftranquility.org
Here is what other critics have been saying about the “The Next World”:
“(Stratospheerius) once again shows the world that Russians and Americans can make beautiful and exciting music together …A thrilling array of songs that run the gamut from complex prog tunes to simple ballads. “The Next World” is an electrifying album, guaranteed to take you into the stratosphere and beyond…”
“You just can’t go wrong with this outfit. Nor can you assume what you are going to hear when they release a new disc. While the fusion elements of previous releases are still present, this one has more pure rock in it, too. Frankly, this might be the best Stratospheerius disc yet!”
“Every member plays with passion and invention. Budynek is tight and bright in rhythm mode and soars when the song calls for it. Bishop is a flat out low-end monster and perfectly matched with the fiery Padmore. She is that drummer every musician wants in their ensemble: a player that can blow your mind one moment, then tenderly hold your hand the next. As for Deninzon – the sounds he gets out of that violin are inhuman. His speed, precision, color, and character are just off the charts!”
“A leading contender for the best rock album of 2012… Joe Deninzon’s dazzling violin solos, creative loops and effects are
clearly spectacular and demonstrate that he is one of the most talented instrumentalists in the current rock scene. ”
“Tightly crafted studio pieces including intricately produced vocal articulations, electronic effects, and multi-tracked instrumentation…It’s an album with bright, vibrant tones from four players who aren’t competing, but rather congealing.”
“It’s in STRATOSPHEERIUS that the violinist holds the richest palette to take colors from….a fabulous vibe goes down the listener’s spine.”
Visit The Next World homepage on the Digital Nations website
Listen to samples and download it on itunes.
Buy it on CDbaby.
Buy it on abstractlogix.com
Purchase “The Next World…” and other releases on the new Stratospheerius and Joe Deninzon pages on bandcamp.com