Singer/electric violinist Joe Deninzon leads Stratospheerius. Often called "The Jimi Hendrix of the Electric Violin," his innovative performances on the electric seven-string violin and his compositions blend rock, funk, jazz, classical, and Eastern European Gypsy influences. While leading Stratospheerius since 2001, Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, and Ritchie Blackmore among others. He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.
Joe has written the book on Electric Violin--literally; Mel Bay books is publishing his "PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist" in 2012.
Joe leads Master Classes, Seminars, Clinics and Workshops for people of all ages. Oklahoma State University's Honors Orchestra performed Stratospheerius' compositions with Joe Deninzon featured on electric violin; this program (along with master classes) is also available for your school.
Exploring Alternative Styles for Strings.
Electrifying Your Strings: The "Effective String Player."
“The Next World..." is the fifth release by Stratospheerius and combines incredible virtuoso musicianship with memorable hooks and intricate arrangements. Fans of Yes, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, and King Crimson, as well as Muse, Radiohead, and Flaming Lips will find something they like in this album.
Guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin, and Steve Vai, who had a bigger influence on him as a violinist than even some of his favorite world-acclaimed violinists like Itzhak Perlman and Jascha Heifetz. Joe often refers to himself as “a guitarist trapped in a violinist’s body.”
Stratospheerius features Deninzon on electric violin and lead vocals, French guitarist Aurelien Budynek (Cindy Blackman, Vernon Reid), bassist Jamie Bishop (The Syn, Francis Dunnery), and drummer Lucianna Padmore, praised by Modern Drummer Magazine for her “Deep grooves and serious fusion chops.”
The band's musical range combines jam, fusion, rock, progressive, virtuoso, singer-songwriter, jazz and metal, and describes itself as "Rock." Stratospheerius has played at colleges, festivals, and clubs throughout the US. The New York-based group has opened for Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, The Slip, Ekoostik Hookah, and John Scofield. The group was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, won the Online People's Choice Awards in the Cornucopia Festival, and was named "Best Jam Band" in Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards.
Stratospheerius' album, HEADSPACE combines elements of hard rock, jazz, funk, and Middle Eastern music. "Today is Tomorrow," "New Material" and "Old Ghosts" have garnered airplay on all kinds of radio formats. The instrumental "Heavy Shtettle Part II: Heavier Shtettle," which Joe co-wrote with Testament's Alex Skolnick is finding its way on both jazz and metal radio formats.
“As at home in the world of Grappelli and O’Connor as he is in the world of Steve Vai and Jimi Hendrix, Joe Deninzon may very well be our next national violin treasure.”
"Stratospheerius is creating a genre of its own," and "the vocal performance of Joe Deninzon is on par with his stringed abilities."
"funky electric violins, driving guitar rhythms, and fevered drumming layered in an explosive fashion."
The Hollywood Reporter
"Stratospheerius' music has smarts, but not of the cold calculating kind; the music has rawness and intensity, but not the stupid punk kind. Statospheerius have a band sound that avoids the pitfalls of jazz, while keeping its sophistication and musical depth."
Stratospheerius is an impressive group, and HEADSPACE continues to see them progressing further and further in both technical prowess and original ideas. There are other groups that try to work string instruments in like this one has, but no one else has the ability to switch up genres like Stratospheerius.”
“Memorable hooks, gravity-defying instrumental prowess and a kitchen sink move toward rock and Zappa-esque fusion. If Bela’ Fleck and Frank Zappa had a love child in outer space, it would grow up to sound like these guys do.”