People of the Earth,
Greetings! I took a few months off from the newsletter. Been cooking up a few things and preparing for what’s next. It’s great to speak to all of you again. Wishing you a beautiful remainder of the spring and a summer full of good music, fun in the sun, and no crazy devastating hurricanes. Here’s the latest:
Meet Arianna Margaret Deninzon
My wife Yulia and I are pleased to announce the birth of our daughter, Arianna Margaret Deninzon on April 14th, 2013 at 11:11 A.M. Weighing 8 lbs 8 oz.
It feels great to be a father of two, and having both a son and a daughter. Words cannot express how overjoyed we are at Arianna’s arrival into this world and we are happy share this news with all of you!
Much more to juggle in my life now, but I’m so happy and overwhelmed. Who needs sleep??
SPIDER DANCE Debuts in New Haven,
Written and directed by Alessandra Belloni (www.alessandrabelloni.com)
Musical Director/arranger/violinist Joe Deninzon
2 dates from May 10 2013 – May 11 2013
Lyric Hall Theatre, 827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515
Buy Tickets (http://cubanakoa.ticketleap.com/tarantella-spider-dance-/dates/May-10-2013_at_0800PM)
Tarantella Spider Dance—is a mystical and sensual music/theater/dance spectacular about the history of the Tarantella, the Southern Italian myth of the bite of the tarantula, birth of the Spider Woman, and celebration of the wild ecstatic rites of Dyonisus. A cross cultural musical that blends Southern Italian drumming and dance rituals with Afro-Brazilian & Cuban Yoruba ceremonies for Yemanja/Aphrodites. Featuring aerial, fire and stilt dancers, acrobats and a techno Tarantella trance dance.
FRIDAY, MAY 31ST
STRATOSPHEERIUS “Closing” for Big Brother and the Holding Company
The High Note
Evening starts at 8:00 P.M.
Stratospheerius goes on at 1:00 A.M.
Big Brother & The Holding Company was the backing band for the late great Janis Joplin. We are honored to be sharing the bill with them on this night.
Thursday, June 27th
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (@ 134th St)
New York, NY
9:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M.
Friday, June 28th
118 Main St.
With special guest, iS
Joe Deninzon: electric violin/vocals/mandolin
Jamie Bishop -bass/vocals
ATTENTION STRING PLAYERS!! Joe Deninzon to teach at Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp this summer!
I am excited to be returning as a faculty member at Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp. Mark Wood was the designer of the 7-string fretted Viper Electric violin that I play. He is a legendary performer who has played with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dee Snyder, and Billy Joel, to name a few. He is also a true revolutionary in the world of electric violin and string education. Camp is open to all ages and levels from intermediate to advanced/professional. I remember being a misfit violin nerd in high school with a deep passion for rock n roll and no role models on my instrument for the genre I was interested in. Growing up in the late 80’s in Cleveland, there were no jazz or rock violin teachers in my town, and very few in the mainstream music community who I could look up to. I had to trust my instincts and find my own path. I am grateful to Mark for creating an environment where string players can let their freak flag fly, exploring alternative styles of playing with an emphasis on rock and metal. I wish this camp existed when I was 17! The camp will take place at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS from July 14-20, 2012.
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Joe Deninzon interview in “Prog Talk” section of Downbeat Magazine
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius make in latest issue of Progression Magazine
STRATOSPHEERIUS VIDEO/KICKSTARTER UPDATE
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I guess fourth time’s the charm. After 3 unsuccessful attempts to film at Bethlehem Steelstax (the first due to liability insurance issues, and the second two due to bad weather), all the stars aligned for us on March 26th and we were finally able to realize our vision and film our video! We had a blast filming in this beautiful surreal industrial landscape and both the cast and crew, although freezing our asses off most of the time, still enjoyed the process and got some amazing footage. The following day, we all assembled at the Hoboken, NJ Loft of our videographer, Bill Hamilton, to film the fire dancer and green screen footage that will accompany the Steelstax footage in the final edit. You can see some photos of our shoot here:
Our thanks to the following people who participated in the production of this video:
Bill Hamilton (director/videographer), Chris Hanson (lighting), Travis Tomlinson (Crue), Joseph Brancatto (crew), Patrick Scullen (crew), Susana Perks (hair and makeup), Dave Silver (Silverpro Entertainment)), Julia and Elana Royter (Phoenix Entertainment), Sylviya (fire dancer). Also Mark Demko and Susan Drexinger at Artsquest for letting us use Steelstax and providing the green room, and Julia Corwin from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. We hope you have all received and are enjoying your prizes and thank you once again for your support. We have started editing and hope to have this video finished by June. Please check our website for updates.
“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!
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!
VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
Recent bootleg footage from our show at Old Miami in Detroit on 12-14-12.
Stratospheerius LIVE footage:
On the Record
JOE DENINZON TRIO APPEARING ON RADIOHEAD TRIBUTE ALBUM
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 (Digital Nations logo)
Listen to samples and download it on itunes.
Buy it on CDbaby.
Buy it on Amazon.com
Buy it on abstractlogix.com
Purchase “The Next World…” and other releases on the new Stratospheerius and Joe Deninzon pages on bandcamp.com