Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on the “Viper” seven-string electric violin. Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, which has just released their 6th album, “Behind the Curtain (Live at ProgStock).” He can be heard on over a hundred albums and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.
Deninzon has performed and/or recorded with the Who, Bruce Springsteen, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Skolnick, Smokey Robinson, Les Paul, Peter Criss from KISS, Michael Sadler, Renaissance with Annie Haslam, Kurt Elling, and as a soloist with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet. A BMI Composer’s Grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, he has written solo works for violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and in 2015, premiered his Electric Violin Concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University and a Masters in Jazz Violin From Manhattan School of music.
KANSAS original member and drummer Phil Ehart comments, “We are extremely excited for Joe Deninzon to be the newest member of KANSAS. We believe KANSAS fans will enjoy what Joe will bring to the band. We are excited to kick off the KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour. As the paragraph in the band’s first album said, ‘KANSAS IS A BAND’ and we remain so to this day.”
Deninzon adds, “As a lifelong fan of Kansas, I am overwhelmed and humbled to have been invited to join this legendary band! I have the deepest respect for Robby and David and will do my best to honor and build on their musical legacy.”
Joe Deninzon’s first performance with the band will be in Pittsburgh, PA on June 2 at the Benedum Center during the premier date of the KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road.
A complete list of KANSAS 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in the Road is below. Ticket and VIP Package information can be found at KansasBand.com.
Prog music artist Leon Alvarado will be releasing a new box set of his most recent album “Charging The Electric Dream” on May17th! The set includes the original CD of the very well-received album plus a second CD containing “Outisde The Dream” (Epic version) which serves as the soundtrack for the short film of the same name. The box set also includes two full color post cards recreating some of the promotional poster and a numbered and signed presentation card. All the materials are neatly contained in an elegant, collectible box with a color-printed insert and it’s own unique artwork.
Says Leon, “The project as a whole has taken a long time to come to fruition, so I wanted to give it a release with all the trimmings. I think collectors will find great enjoyment and additional engagment in this box set.”
The music housed in this box set was recorded periodically over a span of several decades. A video for the title track was released concurrently with the album on Decemeber of last year followed by “Outside The Dream” the short film which was released on February 15th along with its soundtrack. The Box set will be sold exclusively through Melodic Revolution Records.
Primarily known for his record label and music promotion artwork, in 2008 Leon Alvarado released his first album,“Plays Genesis and Other Original Stuff”as an ode to one of his favorite bands. Since then, he has released several records and worked alongside an impressive list of well-known musicians such as Rick Wakeman, Bill Bruford, Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison (Yes), John Goodsall (Brand X), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, KC), Jerry Marotta, (Peter Gabriel), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Tony Franklin (The Firm), Johnny Bruhns, (Circa), Edoardo Scordo, Damian Darlington (Brit Floyd), Ty Tabor (King’s X) to name a few.
Leon’s musical output can be categorized as a blend of Prog Rock with Ambient, some Classical and a measure of Fusion. Each piece, as well as his library as a whole, is a constantly evolving musical landscape that can simultaneously embrace the listener in familiarity, while embarking on exciting and experimental journeys of sound.
Personnel: Leon Alvarado all instruments Engineered by Leon Alvarado Engineering Assistance by John Douglass Mastering by Maor Appelbaum
Hello everyone, The time has sadly come to announce the departure of our bassist, Peter Episcopo. This was by no means sudden to the rest of the band as we’ve been aware of this decision for a while. Our recent shows were our last with Peter and the feeling was incredibly bittersweet and we feel privileged and grateful that more people than ever came out to see us and share the send off with us. We will all continue to be close friends with Peter and look forward to many more happy memories ahead outside of Kyros. Let’s all wish Peter the best of luck for his future endeavors! A few words from the man himself:
“Hi all, My last note with Kyros was a D#, at the end of Cloudburst at the Lower Third in London. I never wanted it to end on that note, but hey.. After almost 10 years, it feels surreal to be announcing my departure from Kyros. The band has been a big part of my life ever since Shelby graced me with bass duties back in 2014. Playing with Robin, Joey and Shelby has been an absolute honour, a treasure that I will always hold dear. They’re insanely gifted musicians and keeping up with their skill level has been one heck of a challenge. I remember walking into our third ever rehearsal with a shirt saying ‘Sorry girls, I’m gay… The bond grew strong. Fellow musicians quickly became friends. Friends became family. Jesus, so dramatic… All I’m trying to say is that I’m very fond of them. My eyes got watery when I last hugged them at the end of our last show together. I wish them all the best and will always be a fan of their music. I’m massively looking forward to the new material and I’m very proud of what we have achieved and to have been a part of this adventure.
I would like to take this opportunity to also thank you all for the continuous support over the years. I’ve met many lovely people and have played alongside many incredible bands on this journey. I don’t know where, I don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again. All the best, Peter”
And with our next shows a mere four months away – we must press on ahead and the search begins for a new bassist for Kyros Time is of the essence but we are determined to find someone who fits our ethos, drive, determination and tenacity. We are ideally looking for a bassist who is based in the south/midlands of England, has a good ear for learning parts aurally, is capable of basic keyboard playing and backing vocals.
If you think you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you ASAP.
To get started – send us some footage of you playing, plus some brief words about yourself to [email protected]
We’ve been Kyros. You’ve been amazing. Here’s to the future. Shelby, Joey & Robin
Melodic Revolution Records is proud to announce that Ten Jinn’s 6th studio album ARDIS the new release is now available worldwide for pre-order with an official release date of May 26, 2023.
About The Album Ten Jinn’s new record, Ardis (a concept album in song-cycle form) is loosely inspired by Jack London’s Novel, the Iron Heel, first published in 1908, and tells the story of an Oligarchy, which takes over America during the first decades of the 20th century. This chaotic period of the past is viewed through the lens of a 27th-century scholar (Anthony Meredith) working out of the “wonder city” of Ardis in the year 419 B.O.M. (Brotherhood of Man), still standing four centuries after the fall of the totalitarian state and leading to the eventual rise of an enlightened society.
The songs are organized in a “cinematic” manner, moving between the two aforementioned time periods, and shifting between the two points of view in an effort to provide a musically contrasting arc of the storyline. It is the juxtaposition of these two diametrically opposed societal structures that is important and, as such, specific mention of the main characters in the book was intentionally left out of the record.
Singles released include. Adumbrations: beginning of the end, Slaves of the Machine, and Nightmare
1. Elegy 1 (01:29) 2. Brotherhood of Man (04:02) 3. Slaves of the Machine (05:47) 4. Say Aye/Bishop’s Vision (06:50) 5. Elegy II (05:49) 6. Adumbrations: beginning of the end (03:52) 7. The Red Virgin (07:54) 8. Nightmare (04:18) 9. Ardis/Elegy III (07:32)
Total run time: 47:25
John Strauss – Lead and backing vocals, piano, and keyboards Mark Wickliffe – Drums, percussion, bass, electric guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals. Mike Matier – Electric and acoustic guitars. Matt Brown – Keyboards and backing vocals. Matt Overholser – Bass. Kenneth Francis – Electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, and bass.
Special guest: Stan Whitaker – Guitar solo “Say Aye.”
*lyrics for “Bishop’s Vision” borrowed in-part from the poem Easter Day (1881) by Oscar Wilde
Production Produced by Mark Wickliffe, John Strauss and Ken Francis Arrangements by Ten Jinn Recorded at: The Torture Chamber (Panorama City, CA), Stone House Studio (Honey Brook, PA), Babaji’s Cave (Van Nuys, CA) and Radd Studio (Van Nuys, CA), Bear Lake Studio (Big Bear, CA) Mixed by Kenneth Francis at Babaji’s Cave (Van Nuys, CA) Mastered by Ken Skoglund at Sound Control Studio (Sweden)
Album layout: Nick at A zene háza Management: Steve Troegler
We are thrilled to announce the signing of US instrumental band Edison Suit to the Revolution family. The band’s upcoming release, Persistence of Vision due for release on July 28, 2023.
In a statement about the signing to Melodic Revolution Records Barry Woodof Edisons Suit had this to say.
Edison Suit’s music has never fit neatly into any genre, which has made it a challenge to find a label that was a good fit. Unlike many other labels, Melodic Revolution Records is less concerned about genre than they are with connecting fans with good music. Our material ranges from rock to prog to electronic to acoustic, so there’s a good chance MRR fans will find something that they like about what we do. We are really excited to be part of the Melodic Revolution Records family in creating “Music you didn’t know you would love!”
Edison Suit is the creative vision of Mark Smith and Barry Wood
Persistence of Vision – July 28, 2023 – Melodic Revolution Records – CD & Digital B (2006) Self Released CD & Digital The Ones Who Keep The Machine Functioning Smoothly (1998) Self Released CD & Digital
September Rising (2001) CD – Self Released Tappistry Volume 2 (1998) CD – Self Released
Film & TV
Earthlings (2006) Warrior’s Society Mountain Bike DVD (2004) Columbia Tristar (2000)
Edison Suit’s third album plunges further into their ethos of making electronic instruments seem organic and acoustic instruments seem electronic. Their penchant for unusual song structures and time signatures results in music that’s as surprising as it is ear-opening.
Genre: Instrumental, Electronic, Progressive Rock
1. Eyes of Dust 05:48 2. Darkness Gives Shape to the Light 05:35 3. Deeper Into a Nether Empire 04:25 4. Breakers on the Beach of Skulls 04:34 5. The Breath of Gaea 05:56 6. Vultures of the Void 03:25 7. Chromatic Mist 04:48 8. Conceptual Mechanisms 04:36 9. To Wound the Autumnal City 04:05 10. Wednesday s Gray Hand 06:14 11. Cryptical Windings 05:22 12. A Myriad Paths of Entropy 06:51
The Band Mark Smith: Electric, acoustic, 12-string guitar, EBow guitars, mando guitar, bass, and banjo Barry Wood: Keyboards, bass, Chapman Stick, lap steel, lap steel resonator, and programming Bret Wadams: Drums, and cymbals Paul McIntire: Violin
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