JD MWROC 2013
Hope you’re having a great fall season! August and September were jam-packed! I taught and performed for my 13th year at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, with guitarist Steve Benson and Robert Bonfiglio. We had an incredible fundraiser on September 26th at one of our favorite venues, the Shrine in NYC. First of all, I want to thank all the musicians, volunteers, staff,  and people who came out to support our dear friend David Gotay in his battle with Cancer. We raised over $2000 in one night! It was an evening full of love and great music. Performing alongside Stratospheeius were Sound Liberation Erbium, Resolution 15, and Dapp Theory.  Here are some photos from the event:
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If you still want to donate , please visit www.paypal.com and make direct payments to davefightscancer@gotayproductions.com
We are also auctioning of a guitar signed by Latin superstar Marc Anthony to help raise money for Dave. Thanks to Marc and to Sweet Plantain violinist Eddie Venegas, who is a member of Marc’s touring band.
Marc Anthony with guitar

Please visit this link if you want to make a bid:


Upcoming Stratospheerius shows:

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Thursday, October 24th
9:00 P.M.
The Grape Room
105 Grape St.
Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, December 11th
Creative Strings Concert Series
Bowery Electric
7:30 P.M. Mazzmuse
8:30 P.M. Stratospheerius
9:30 P.M. New Retro Strings
We are launching a new concert series in NYC featuring bands lead by innovative string players. This night features the music of the incredible singer/songwriter/violinist Mazz Swift, my ban Stratospheerius, and New Retro Strings with violin goddess Claudia Chopek. (Www.claudiachopek.com)

Upcoming performances with Sweet Plantain

Sweet Plantain is back with three performances in November! Filling in for our cellist, David Gotay, who is ill (see above), will be the incredible cellist/composer Rubin Kodheli (www.rubinkodheli.com)
Wednesday, Nov 13th
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Heymann Center
1373 S. College Rd. Lafayette, LA 70503-2909
Friday, November 15th
7:00 P.M.
Texas Tech University
Arlington, TX
$18 General Admission TTU Students-1 free ticket with valid ID at the SUB Allen Theatre information desk Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at TTU $12.00 General Admission ticket with valid OLLI ID at the Select-A-Seat Civic Center box office Select-A-Seat: (806) 770-2000
Thursday, November 21st
12 P.M.
Bulmar Telecommunications Center
Troy, NY
Joe Deninzon-violin/mandolin/vocals
Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone
Earl Maneein-violin
Orlando Wells-viola
David Gotay/Rubin Kodheli-cello

Other Performances

Performing with percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni (www.alessandrabelloni.com)
Friday, October 18th
8:00 P.M.
CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE /St. James Chapel1047 AMSTERDAM AVENUE (112Th Street)New York City, tickets: $25Visit us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/373168859452916/

My wife, violinist Yulia Ziskel, member of the New York Philharmonic,
will be performing with renowned pianist Alexander Kobrin (http://www.alexkobrinpianist.com) and other members of the Philharmonic
at the NY Phil Merkin Concert Hall series.
They will be performing Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor.
Sunday, October 20th.
3:00 P.M.
129 W. 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
212 501 3300
For tickets, please visit

Education Station

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Joe Deninzon to teach/perform at Michigan Alternative Styles day

I will be artist/clinician in residence at the first annual Michigan Alternative Styles Day on Saturday, November 9th at East Lansing’s MacDonald Middle School.
A full day will be spent teaching young string players how to rock out, culminating with the MSBOA ROCK orchestra performing my arrangements of music by Adele, Guns N Roses, Jimi Hendrix, and my original compositions.
For more information, visit:

Joe Deninzon’s “PLUGGING IN” Book/CD/DVD from Mel Bay Publications


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!

In the Studio/Guest appearances

Avrom Fried
Joe recently recorded on two tracks with the renowned Orthodox Jewish singer
 Avraham Fried on his laters CD, “Ah Mechayeh and other Yiddish Songs.”
Joe recently contributed some electric and acoustic violin to the song “Road to Bonnaroo” Ten Foot Tall Band. Check it out here:


Amazing interview with Joe Deninzon in Spring issue of Progression Magazine
Read full interview HERE: https://joedeninzon.com/category/press/ 

One Foot in the Next World video


Stratospheerius’ first official video has been in heavy rotation in video outlets throughout the U.S. and getting great feedback!  Check it out 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 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…”
-Wildman Steve
Read more…  http://stratospheerius.com/category/press/reviews/

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!”
-G.W Hill

“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!”
-Jon Wilcox
Read more… http://progsheet1.hypermart.net/cdrz.html

“A leading contender for the best rock album of 2012… Joe Deninzon’s dazzling violin solos, creative loops and effects areclearly spectacular and demonstrate that he is one of the most talented instrumentalists in the current rock scene. ”
-Angel Romero
Read more… http://progressiverockcentral.com/2012/05/04/a-superbly-gifted-violinist/  

“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.”
-Wessley Britton
Read more… http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/blogcritics/article/Music-Review-Joe-Deninzon-Stratospheerius-3477902.php

“It’s in STRATOSPHEERIUS that the violinist holds the richest palette to take colors from….a fabulous vibe goes down the listener’s spine.”
Read more… LET IT ROCK

Visit The Next World homepage on the Digital Nations website (Digital Nations logo)


Listen to samples and download it on itunes.


Buy it on CDbaby.


Buy it on Amazon.com


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Purchase “The Next World…” ,  other Joe Deninzon/Stratospheerius music, and STRATOSPHEERIUS T-SHIRTS 

 www.stratospheerius.bandcamp.com  www.joedeninzon.bandcamp.com