OF THE ELECTRIC VIOLIN
with progressive rock group
JOE DENINZON &
RELEASE NEW LIVE BOXSET
BEHIND THE CURTAIN
-LIVE AT PROGSTOCK
JUST ANNOUNCED ...
JOE IS THE NEW VIOLINIST FOR
K A N S A S
ZOOM TV EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
TO WATCH PART 1 AND 2
IN THEIR ENTIRETY!
This is part 2 of our chat with Joe Deninzon. Our first conversation with Joe was on May 16th. Since then we learned that during that interview Joe had already joined the legendary Classic Rock Group Kansas as their new violinist replacing David Ragsdale.
Joe was not allowed to say anything about joining the band at that time during the interview.
So we added a part 2 with Joe Deninzon to chat solely about becoming a member of KANSAS.
JOE DENINZON has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on seven-string electric violin. Joe has worked with The Who, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, Phoebe Snow, Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Robert Bonfiglio, Les Paul, and as a soloist with the NY City Ballet and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Joe is the lead singer and electric violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, which has released five critically acclaimed CD’s. A BMI Jazz Composer’s grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, he has written over 200 string quartets, solo pieces for violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and sits on the Board of Advisors for Composer’s Now. In 2015, Joe premiered his “Concerto for Seven String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Douglas Droste.
His original music has been featured on CMT, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, National Geographic, the Travel Channel, the History Channel, and the Will Ferrell/ Adam McKay- produced film “Virginity Hit.” Joe is also a member of the Sweet Plantain String Quartet, which combines Latin Jazz with hip-hop and Classical music, and has toured throughout Europe and the U.S. Joe has also released a CD with his Acoustic Jazz Trio, titled “Exuberance.”
As an educator, Joe is a faculty member at the New Jersey City University Multi-Style strings program. He has taught at Mark O’Connor’s String Camp and Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp and made repeated appearances performing at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, where he co-founded the Grand Canyon School of Rock in 2006, an annual program for local high school students.
He regularly travels as a clinician and has contributed articles to Strings, Downbeat, and Making Music Magazine. In 2012, Joe wrote a book on electric violin techniques for Mel Bay Publications, entitled Plugging In. Joe has made the Downbeat Critic’s pole for jazz/rock violin, and Chris Haigh’s book, Discovering Rock Violin lists one of Joe’s recorded solos among the “Top 20 greatest rock violin solos of all time.”
Joe holds bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Jazz Violin from Indiana University and a master’s in jazz/Commercial violin from Manhattan School of Music.
Joe Deninzon &
(2) CDs (2) DVD's/Blu-rays
Officially released on May 19th
(Album release party: May 31st at the Iridium NYC)
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius are releasing their new live box set, “Behind the Curtain (Live at ProgStock)” on May 19 on Melodic Revolution Records.
The collection on two CDs and DVD/Blu-rays show this treasured electric violinist/singer-songwriter’s history of favorites in the past decade and a half in the rock scene.
Spain(Live at Progstock)
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A Guide to Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist
A book by Joe Deninzon
Are you a violinist who is curious about “going electric” but have no idea where to begin? This book will walk you through the process of choosing an electric violin, shopping for an amplifier, and using effects pedals. The book also covers improvisation in the genres of blues, rock, and funk. Chopping and other rhythmic techniques for bowed string instruments are explored, as well as playing in a band, rock string arranging and working with DJs. “Plugging In” will open new worlds of creativity for you as a string player and help you find your own voice in this brave new world! Includes access to online audio and video.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
KANSAS official website
1998 - Electric/Blue (Wilbert's Blues Records)
2002 - The Adventures of Stratospheerius (D-Zone)
2004 - Live Wires (D-Zone)
2007 - Headspace (D-Zone)
2012 - The Next World (D-Zone/Digital Nations)
2014 - "Behind The Curtain" (single, D-Zone)
2015 - "Guilty of Innocence" (single, D-Zone)
2017 - "Hysteria" (single, Melodic Revolution Records)
2017 - Guilty of Innocence (Melodic Revolution Records)
2019 - "Impostor" (single, Melodic Revolution Records)
2020 - "Frame by Frame" (single, Melodic Revolution Records)
2020 - "Storm Surge" (single, Melodic Revolution Records)
2021 - "Cognitive Dissonance" (single, Melodic Revolution Records)
50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
ANOTHER FORK IN THE ROAD
joins Kansas as their new violinist
Jun 2 Benedum Center Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 3 The Lyric Baltimore, MD
Jun 9 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
Jun 10 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
Jun 16 Embassy Theatre Fort Wayne, IN
Jun 29 Massey Hall Toronto, ON
Jul 1 Kodak Center
Jul 7 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
Jul 8 Clowes Memorial Hall Indianapolis, IN
Jul 15 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
Jul 21 Grand Theater Wausau, WI
Jul 22 Riverside Theatre Milwaukee, WI
Jul 27 The Midland Kansas City, MO
Jul 29 Fabulous Fox Theatre St. Louis, MO
Aug 4 Hoyt Sherman Place Des Moines, IA
Aug 5 Orpheum Theater Omaha, NE
Aug 18 Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN
Aug 19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Aug 25 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
Aug 26 Eccles Theater Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 6 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC
Sep 8 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Sep 9 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR
Sep 12 Velma V. Morrison Center For The Performing Arts
Sep 14 Golden Gate Theatre San Francisco, CA
Sep 16 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Sep 17 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
Sep 24 The Plaza Theatre El Paso, TX
Oct 12 Hanover Theatre For Perf. Arts Worcester, MA
Oct 20 H-E-B Performance Hall At The Tobin Center
San Antonio, TX
Oct 21 Sugar Land, TX
Oct 27 Orpheum Theatre Memphis, TN
Nov 3 Ovens Auditorium Charlotte, NC
Nov 4 DPAC Durham, NC
Nov 17 Kansas at Tulsa Theater Tulsa, OK
Dec 2 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
Jan 12 2024 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Jan 13 2024 North Charleston, SC
Jan 19 2024 Barbara B. Mann Perf. Arts Hall
Fort Myers, FL
Jan 20 2024 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
Jan 27 2024 King Center For Performing Arts
Jan 28 2024 Broward Center Au-Rene Theater
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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