Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon (www.joedeninzon.com), who has been called "The Jimi Hendrix of the violin," Stratospheerius has showcased their "frenzied mÃ©lange of alt-bluegrass, progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly" throughout the world. The New York-based group has opened for Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield, among many others. Their live performances are filled with funky dance grooves, rip-roaring guitar/violin jams, and hooks that mix jazz, funk, rock with Gypsy influences. Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and was named "Best Jam Band" in the Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards. They have been featured in Relix, Downbeat, and Jazziz, among other publications. The group has just completed their fifth CD, "The Next World..." on Steve Vai's Digital Nations label.
"...Violinist/singer Joe Deninzon presents us with this gift of hot songs from his rockin' live shows. Think a bit of Zappa, the Dixie Dregs or Blues Traveler, with the violin being the focal point. 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."
"Deninzon shows how he has earned the nickname the "Jimi Hendrix of violin" as he tears through a distortion-heavy solo that points more in the direction of Guns N Roses' Slash than Yo Yo Ma."
-Justin Scro www.cashboxmagazine.com
"Memorable hooks, gravity-defying instrumental prowess and a kitchen sink move toward rock... If Bela Fleck and Frank Zappa had a love child in outer space, they might grow up to sound like these guys do."
-David Budin, www.coolcleveland.com