Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

“As at home in the world of Grappelli and O’Conner as he is in the world of Steve Vai and Jimi Hendrix, Joe Deninzon may very well be our next national violin treasure!!”
-Jedd Beaudoin, Sea of Tranquility

Stratospheerius features Joe Deninzon on electric violin and lead vocals, drummer Jason Gianni (Neal Morse Band, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood), bassist Gary Pickard (Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman), and guitarist Michaelangelo Quirinale (Thrilldriver).

Due out this fall is GUILTY OF INNOCENCE— Joe’s 8th album & Stratospheerius’ 5th.

The band’s electric violin-driven progressive hard rock incorporates elements of metal, funk, jazz, and Middle Eastern music.  Stratospheerius has played at colleges, festivals, and clubs throughout the US, opening for Martin Barre, Tim Reynolds, Mike Stern Mickey Hart, and John Scofield. The group was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and the Musician’s Atlas Independent Music Awards. 

Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on acoustic and electric seven-string violin.  In an article “Seven Reasons to to See Joe Deninzon,” writer Peter Chakarian states that Joe’s both improvisational in performance and “in where his career has taken him.”  A musician who transcends many genres, Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, and Ritchie Blackmore, and performed for President Clinton. He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.  

Mel Bay books has published his book/CD/DVD “PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist.” In 2015 Joe debuted “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and world renown violinist Rachel Barton Pine debuted Joe’s composition “The Electric Lake of Soul” at Interlochen Music Festival. Joe is a 14-time BMI Jazz Composer’s grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. 

He has taught rock violin at Mark O’Connor’s String Camp and teaches at Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp, and has made repeated appearances performing with harmonica legend Robert Bonfiglio at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, where Joe co-founded the Grand Canyon School of Rock in 2006, an annual program for local high school students. He also has been involved in the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project (NACAP), which won the President’s award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He continues to travel throughout the world as an on-demand clinician and performer.
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