Featured Video “Storm Surge” by Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius” including special performances by Michael Sadler (SAGA) and All-star Cast

“Storm Surge” is about the anxiety we all feel in these uncertain times. With the global pandemic, the fight against racism and the continuing struggle for social justice, climate change, political upheaval, economic turmoil, and a future of uncertainty, there is a storm that’s raging inside of us right now.

….”as stated by Joe Deninzon” 
A little over a year ago, my son Max was playing a short piano piece by 19th-century composer Friedrich Burgmüller, called “The Storm.” The piece was stuck in my head because I would hear him practicing it every day. I started to imagine it as a rock power ballad and began to sketch out a slowed-down version with the basic chord changes and structure.

I was imagining a cello replacing the ostinato part played by the left hand on the piano, so I asked my friend Ruti Celli, who I met on Cruise to the Edge last year when we played with Dave Kerzner and In Continuum, to contribute her beautiful part.

Our drummer, Jason Gianni, had a sketch he never finished that he thought would be a perfect fit in the middle of the song. I layered a huge string orchestra on top of that section and recruited the great guitarist/producer Fernando Perdomo to lay down a soaring guitar solo.

Next, I was hearing a flute during the breakdown section that followed. We have never had a flute, or any woodwinds for that matter, on one of our recordings! I asked the genius multi-instrumentalist Rachel Flowers to play the flute and lay down a piano track for the song. Rachel has been blind since age 3 and plays piano, flute, bass, guitar, drums, stick, sings, and records and mixes her own albums! I’ve met and worked with a lot of gifted people in my career, but don’t think I have ever met a person with this level of talent! Check out the documentary about her, Hearing is Believing, on Amazon Prime.

Finally, I’ve been into the idea of using outside singers in Stratospheerius. Up until his time, I have always been the lead vocalist. The new album we are slowly putting together will feature many special guests. We’ve been longtime fans of the 80’s Canadian band SAGA best known for hits like “Wind Him Up” and “On The Loose.” When we played at the ProgStock Festival afterparty back in 2018Saga’s lead singer Michael Sadlercaught our set after his performance at the festival, and was raving about the band! We were incredibly humbled to receive such words of encouragement from such an iconic artist.

We felt Michael’s voice would be perfect for this song! He ended up contributing a jaw-dropping vocal performance, enhancing the melody, and adding Queenesque harmonies. As a side note, he and his wife Gwen turned out to be some of the nicest and most gracious people I have ever worked with.

Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon – lead vocals/electric violin
Jason Gianni- drums
Michelangelo Quirinale – guitar
Paul Ranieri – bass

Special Performances on Storm Surge Video and Single
Michael Sadler – Vocals
Rachel Flowers – Keys and Flute 
Yulia Ziskel – Violin 
RutiCelli – Cello
Fernando Perdomo – Guitar

Tracked by Rave Tesar (Renaissance)
Mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser (Spocks Beard, Dream Theater)

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Online
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Melodic Revolution Records Online:
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Michael Sadler (SAGA) and All-star Cast Joins Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius on “Storm Surge”

Melodic Revolution Records Is thrilled to announce the brand-new Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius official music video “Storm Surge” featuring the vocal talents of Michael Sadler (SAGA) along with performances by Fernando Perdomo (Solo, Dave Kerzner), Ruti Celli (Take 3), Yulia Ziskel (New York Philharmonic Orchestra), last but not least… multi-award-winning Rachel Flowers.

The video will premiere Friday, October 2nd, 2020 on YouTube  the video will also be debut on Vimeo and will be a featured video on Power of ProgThe Single will be exclusively available Friday, October 2nd, 2020 on Bandcamp and on Patreon only, following the worldwide digital distribution on October 23rd, 2020

….”as stated by Joe Deninzon” 
A little over a year ago, my son Max was playing a short piano piece by 19th-century composer Friedrich Burgmüller, called “The Storm.” The piece was stuck in my head because I would hear him practicing it every day. I started to imagine it as a rock power ballad and began to sketch out a slowed-down version with the basic chord changes and structure.

I was imagining a cello replacing the ostinato part played by the left hand on the piano, so I asked my friend Ruti Celli, who I met on Cruise to the Edge last year when we played with Dave Kerzner and In Continuum, to contribute her beautiful part.

Our drummer, Jason Gianni, had a sketch he never finished that he thought would be a perfect fit in the middle of the song. I layered a huge string orchestra on top of that section and recruited the great guitarist/producer Fernando Perdomo to lay down a soaring guitar solo.

Next, I was hearing a flute during the breakdown section that followed. We have never had a flute, or any woodwinds for that matter, on one of our recordings! I asked the genius multi-instrumentalist Rachel Flowers to play the flute and lay down a piano track for the song. Rachel has been blind since age 3 and plays piano, flute, bass, guitar, drums, stick, sings, and records and mixes her own albums! I’ve met and worked with a lot of gifted people in my career, but don’t think I have ever met a person with this level of talent! Check out the documentary about her, Hearing is Believing, on Amazon Prime.

Finally, I’ve been into the idea of using outside singers in Stratospheerius. Up until his time, I have always been the lead vocalist. The new album we are slowly putting together will feature many special guests. We’ve been longtime fans of the 80’s Canadian band SAGA best known for hits like “Wind Him Up” and “On The Loose.” When we played at the ProgStock Festival afterparty back in 2018Saga’s lead singer Michael Sadlercaught our set after his performance at the festival, and was raving about the band! We were incredibly humbled to receive such words of encouragement from such an iconic artist.

We felt Michael’s voice would be perfect for this song! He ended up contributing a jaw-dropping vocal performance, enhancing the melody, and adding Queenesque harmonies. As a side note, he and his wife Gwen turned out to be some of the nicest and most gracious people I have ever worked with.

“Storm Surge” is about the anxiety we all feel in these uncertain times. With the global pandemic, the fight against racism and the continuing struggle for social justice, climate change, political upheaval, economic turmoil, and a future of uncertainty, there is a storm that’s raging inside of us right now.

Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon – lead vocals/electric violin
Jason Gianni- drums
Michelangelo Quirinale – guitar
Paul Ranieri – bass

Special Performances on Storm Surge Video and Single
Michael Sadler – Vocals
Rachel Flowers – Keys and Flute 
Yulia Ziskel – Violin
RutiCelli – Cello
Fernando Perdomo – Guitar

Tracked by Rave Tesar (Renaissance)
Mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser (Spocks Beard, Dream Theater)

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Online
Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Patreon | Spotify | Twitter 

Melodic Revolution Records Online:
Website Facebook | Spotify | Twitter | YouTube

Richland 2 School District Honors Orchestras with a performance by Electric Violinist Joe Deninzon

Joe Deninzon

The Richland 2 School District Honors Orchestras will present one concert on Friday, January 31 in the District Auditorium, featuring electric violinist and recording artist Joe Deninzon.  The district auditorium is at 7500 Brookfield Rd, Columbia, SC 29223. The District Honors concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will include original songs by Joe, as well as some of his arrangements of popular songs from The Beatles, Queen, and Pink Floyd. 

Joe Deninzon, the music world’s expert on alternative violin techniques, will also lead a two-day workshop with Richland Two District Honors Orchestra students, focusing on rock stylings and improvisation. A musician who transcends many genres.

Joe has also recorded and performed with a variety of artists including Renaissance, In Continuum, Thank You Scientist, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Everclear, Ritchie Blackmore, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, Jane Monheit, Robert Bonfiglio, and President Bill Clinton.

An active clinician, he has taught at Mark O’Connor’s renowned String Camp and Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp. He leads the crossover prog band Stratospheerius, which was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Additionally, he was awarded the Online People’s Choice Awards in the Cornucopia Festival, and named “Best Jam Band” in Musician’s Atlas Independent Music Awards.

He is also a member of the classical Hip Hop Latin Jazz String Quartet, Sweet Plantain. Joe is the author of the Mel Bay instructional violin book, PLUGGING IN: A Guide to Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist.

The concert and clinics are made possible through the generous support of Parents, Students, and Richland School District 2.

Joe Deninzon
Official Website: https://joedeninzon.com
Media Contact: Anne Leighton
Leighton Media anne@AnneLeighton.com
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Nick Katona: nick@melodicrevolution.com

POTTER’S DAUGHTER WITH ANNIE HASLAM – BLOOD AND WATER – INDEPENDENT

Starting with some rather dated keyboards this number soon turns into the melodic progressive music I have come to expect from Potter’s Daughter, this time aided and abetted by none other than the wonderful Annie Haslam whose voice is still as pure and wonderful as it ever has been. Here she combines with Dyanne Potter Voegtlin to create something quite special indeed. Amit allows himself to turn his amplifier up a little and come more to the fore with his solo, turning this song into far more of a progressive rocker than those on the album. This single combines two versions of the same song, but it is interesting not only to hear how the band is moving in their musical journey but also that they have already been accepted by one of the scene’s most treasured singers.

9/10 Kev Rowland

Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance Announce 50th Anniversary Fall Tour 2019

photo: Richard Barnes

In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam are embarking on a 10 concert date tour of the US. Including five special dates with The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra!

Annie Haslam says, “I joined the band New Years day 1971, now 48 years later we are still performing and bringing our unique style of music to more and more fans all over the world. This very special Anniversary tour will be a retrospective celebration of Renaissance Classics including a special guest appearance from Jim McCarty, Renaissance and Yardbirds co-founder. He will be joining us at The Keswick Glenside show on October 12th which will be filmed for our first high definition Blue Ray DVD.”

Renaissance will be performing songs with the orchestra that have never been orchestrated before including their most notably “Ashes Are Burning”!

ASHES ARE BURNING Tour Dates:

10/10 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head On Stage
Link: https://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/1858778/

10/11/19 – New York, NY @ Town Hall (orchestra)
Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/030056B1AA971B4F

10/12 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre (orchestra)
Link: https://www.axs.com/events/374102/renaissance-tickets

10/13 – Harrisburg, PA @ Whitaker Center (orchestra)
Link: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/02005691C9A58C93

10/15 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre (orchestra)
Link: https://thebasie.org/events/renaissance-ashes-are-burning/

10/16 – Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse (orchestra)
Link: http://tickets.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/ordertickets.asp?p=2938

10/17 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
Link: http://tickets.tupelohall.com/Renaissance

10/18 – Boston, MA @ City Winery
Link: https://citywinery.com/boston/ashesareburningrenaissance50thanniversarytour201910182019.html

10/19 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre (orchestra)
Link: http://www.theegg.org/event/ashes-are-burning-renaissance

10/20 – Wilmington, DE @ The Grand Opera House
Link: https://tickets.thegrandwilmington.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=6454

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band’s career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

The band has toured throughout the world and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and additionally at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. Renaissance had a top ten hit in the UK with their song “Northern Lights” that still demands airplay to this day.

For more information:
www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart