Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Electric Violin-driven Progressive Hard Rock Sprinkled with Jazz-fusion Funkabillity. 

Stratospheerius is fronted by electric violinist, vocalist Joe Deninzon, the band is known for their brand of Violin driven progressive rock yet there is a great balance between all the instruments used including the vocals and harmonies, Their music can only be described as a unique blend of progressive rock that is stuffed with intricate layers of jazz fusion, rock, funk and a touch of pop sensibility. 

Inspiration comes from everyday life, even music legends such as Yes, Spock’s Beard, Muse, Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and King Crimson

Stratospheerius is a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition the Musicians Atlas Independent Music Awards. They have been featured in Progression, Relix, Downbeat, and Jazziz, among other publications. They have performed with Martin Barre, Alex Skolnick, John 5 & The Creatures, Gary Hoey, Mike Stern, Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield, they’ve played various festivals including ProgStock in New Jersey

Their latest release is a digital single Frame by Frame a reinterpretation of a King Crimson classic.

Frame by Frame is about how someone is proceeding ‘frame by frame’ (in the small scale) with their analysis of something. They “drown” in their analysis, doubting themselves (by numbers, or predictably).”

Basically, we are caught up in our own thoughts, our own analysis of an object or a situation. When we overthink something, our thoughts can act like a weight that clouds our vision and drowns us.

In our current dystopian reality, there are a million theories floating around. It’s hard to know what to believe. Many overanalyze the situation and make dour predictions not based on real data. We are left to stew in our own quarantined bubble and drive ourselves es insane because our future is uncertain and there are no concrete answers to our questions.

This song WILL be on our next album. When that is released is anybody’s guess. We are compiling material, have three songs mixed and are about to finish tracking a fourth, are writing the next three…

In the meantime, we will be releasing new singles every few months. This is the same approach we took with Guilty of Innocence, releasing the first single in 2014 and the album in 2017. Yeah, we’re slow.

Guilty of Innocence has been widely acclaimed by critics and fans.

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius released their highly acclaimed fifth album “Guilty of Innocence” on vinyl a year after the official CD release via Melodic Revolution Records (2018). The 10-track LP features special appearances by Alex Skolnick (Testament), Rave Tesar (Renaissance), and Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance, The Fringe). The album was originally released on CD and digital formats in 2017.

What the critics are saying about the Guilty of Innocence.
This is infectious, with no cure in sight. The arrangements are tight, everyone bounces off each other, and is one of the most poptastic progressive album one is likely to come across
5/5 Kev Rowland // Prog Archives

A Critics Point of View

Joe Deninzon has made a career…wielding his violin like a guitar. In that way, he has pioneered a new standard for rock violin, much the same way Ian Anderson did for flute.”

“Think a bit of Zappa, the Dixie Dregs or Blues Traveler, with the violin being the focal point. Violinist & singer Joe Deninzon’s talents are flat out phenomenal, and the progressive rock tapestry he weaves around himself is carried out to perfection by his amazing band.”
Music Morsels

One of the perks of being a reviewer is that on some days you get the pleasure of getting introduced to some music or bands you never heard of but are actually quite good. Or in the case of Joe Deninzon And Stratospheerius, really good!
9/10 Arno Agterberg // DPRP

Deninzon shows how he has earned the nickname the Jimi Hendrix of the 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 – Cashbox Magazine

“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 –

This is infectious, with no cure in sight. The arrangements are tight, everyone bounces off each other, and is one of the most poptastic progressive album one is likely to come across
5/5 Kev Rowland // Prog Archives

The album comes with plenty of Progressive Rock tracks, it’s the other songs containing other styles that help to make the release even more entertaining. If you happen to be a fan of Progressive Rock, the new album of Guilty of Innocence album from Joe Deninzon and the band Stratospheerius is one album you need to check out.
Matheson Kamin // The Rock and Roll Report

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

Joe Deninzon: Electric Violin, Lead Vocals & Mandolin
Michelangelo Quirinalem, Guitars
Paul Ranieri, Bass
Jason Gianni, Drums. 

Former Members

Lucianna Padmore, Drums
Jamie Bishop, Bass
Aurelian Budynek, Guitar.


New York, NY

Style of Music

Progressive Rock, Jazz Funk, Jam

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The Prism “Live at ProgStock” (2022) Digital Single
Game of Chicken (Live at ProgStock) (2021) Digital Single
Cognitive Dissonance (2021) Digital Single
Storm Surge (2020) Digital Single
Frame by Frame (2020) Digital Single
Impostor! (2019) Digital Single
Guilty of Innocence (2018) LP/Vinyl
Guilty of Innocence (2017) CD & Digital Album
Hysteria (2017) Digital Single
The Next World (2012) CD & Digital
Headspace (2007) CD & Digital
Live Wire (2004) CD & Digital
The Adventures of Stratospheerius (2002) CD & Digital  
Electric / Blue (1998) CD & Digital  

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Joe Deninzon Has Also Appeared On

Phoen1x: Immaterial Witness (2020)
Thank You Scientist: Terraformer (2019)
Alessandra Belloni: Healing Journey with the Black Madonna (2019)
Fernando Perdomo: Out to Sea 2 (2019)
In Continuum Acceleration Theory (2019)
Renaissance: Symphonic Journey (2018)
Phoen1x: Small Charade. Single (YouTube Video) (2018)
CIRCULINE: Live Majestik (2018)

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