Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius


Contact: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183, Anne@AnneLeighton, LeightonMedia@aol.com, Info@JoeDeninzon.com
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius is led by founding member, electric violinist & vocalist Joe Deninzon. Called the “Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin,” the group is, according to troglodytes.com, “really fun to watch.”
Stratospheerius has showcased their “frenzied melange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world at colleges, festivals, and clubs. They have opened for artists including Alex Skolnick, Gary Hoey, Martin Barre, Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, Mike Stern, and John Scofield. The group has played festivals including The Detroit International Jazz Festival, Great South Bay, Chattanooga RiverFest, Harmony Fest a number of times through the years. The band was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition the Musicians Atlas Independent Music Awards. They have been featured in Progression, Relix, Downbeat, and Jazziz... 
The group’s latest album, GUILTY OF INNOCENCE (on Melodic Revolution Records) is, according to STRINGS magazine, “Splashy and theatrical, Guilty of Innocence is a howl for justice delivered by virtuosos completely in synch with one another.”

RELIX MAGAZINE: "If the violin has a future in rock and jazz, it is with Joe Deninzon.”

MEDIUM: “If you ever doubted the ‘cool’ of the violin, one listen to Joe Deninzon’s rendition of Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’ will change that opinion in a hurry. “
STRINGS MAGAZINE: “Deninzon nods to Jean-Luc Ponty and George Clinton’s Funkadelic while charting an eccentric course that conjoins whiplash funk, spacey electronic, and progressive rock.”

PROGRESSIVEROCKCENTRAL:  “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.”

MUSICMORSELS: "(Violinist/singer) Joe's talents are flat out phenomenal, and the progressive rock tapestry he weaves around himself is carried out to perfection by his amazing band!"

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."