Artify Norwood Seeks Musicians For its Event March 28

Contact: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183
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ARTIFY NORWOOD would love to hear from Bronx-based musicians and poets at  info@artifynorwood.com.

Please send links of your websites and music videos online. Please include your zip code, as well.

Artify Norwood has some performance opportunities available on March 28 at our kick off Artify Norwood event on at Beso Lounge, at 320 E. 204th Street (between Hull and Perry), in The Bronx. This is near the D Train. The March 28 event runs from 3 till 7 pm.

Please note that the performers must be living in the Bronx, ideally in Norwood, Allerton, Williamsbridge, Fordham, Little Italy/Belmont, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Olinville, Bedford Park.

Website VOICES OF NY calls "Artify Norwood" "A new movement...bringing artists and businesses together in the Bronx neighborhood to promote the arts in a new way that helps both artists and the businesses that will be sponsoring them."  It is the goal of Artify Norwood that artists (musicians, writers, visual artists, dancers,...) make money from their art. The group's founders, Fernando Tirado and Anne Leighton, are focused on Artifying the Norwood section of the Bronx.

For more info, please call 718-881-8183.



Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius' new single "GUILTY OF INNOCENCE on Feb. 14

Buy “Guilty of Innocence” at www.cdbaby.com/cd/stratospheerius4

Progressive rock/jam Band Has Four Singles From Upcoming 2016 Album Release 
Joe Deninzon &  Stratospheerius are releasing four singles throughout 2015, culminating in a full-length album in 2016.  The songs will be available for downloads (CDBABY, Amazon, BANDCAMP, iTunes) and streaming (SPOTIFY, Reverbnation…)  and anywhere that mp3’s are in orbit.

The songs are performed and produced by Stratospheerius, and engineered and mastered by Rave Tesar (Renaissance), mixed by Alex Salzman.  

The first single was “Behind the Curtain” which LET IT ROCK’S Dmitry Epstein writes “Deninzon sings, yet the only magic to happen here comes from his strings attack when Joe loosens it all to get into the eye of the hurricane where the calm reigns. There’s madness, too, but one you would like to be in sometimes – if only for the attention it draws. Step in the zone, the.”   Behind the Curtain was also picked up in China for mobile phone distribution.

The cover of Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius'
The next song will be released by Valentine's Day (February 14) and is called "Guilty of Innocence." Joe says it was “inspired by my 2012 stint in jury duty and deals with crime and punishment. I was presiding on a rape trial and the guy who I thought was guilty got off practically scot-free.  

Get “Guilty of Innocence” at www.cdbaby.com/cd/stratospheerius4

The lyrics include: “We are all guilty of innocence 
We are all blissful with ignorance 
We're planting doubt with a weak defense 
Run to the hills and jump the fence 
…. We're all in handcuffs theoretically   
A room full of people in solitary

Coming up after that will be “Take Your Medicine” and “Face.”  Dates are currently to be announced.

Stratospheerius' members are Joe Deninzon-electric violin/mandolin/vocals), French guitarist Aurelien Budynek (Cindy Blackman, Vernon Reid), bassist Jamie Bishop (The Syn, Francis Dunnery), and drummer Lucianna Padmore (Primordial Jazz Funktet).

Stratospheerius' musical range combines progressive hard rock with elements of jazz, "fiddle funk," and Gypsy influences. The group was a winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, won the Online People's Choice Awards in the Cornucopia Festival, and was named "Best Jam Band" in Musician's Atlas Independent Music Awards.  The band has recently been profiled in both PROGRESSION (the Bible of progressive rock) and DOWNBEAT ONLINE. 

BLOGCRITICS compares Deninzon to "Jeff Beck (as a) "fiddlemaster with a streak of humor."  

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER praises Stratospheerius for its "funky electric violins, driving guitar rhythms, and fevered drumming layered in an explosive fashion." 

The band is on the soundtrack of the Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced movie, VIRGINITY HIT.

Joe has written the book on Electric Violin--literally; Mel Bay books has released his "PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist." Joe has been called "The Jimi Hendrix of the Electric Violin," because of his innovative performances on the electric seven-string violin.  While leading Stratospheerius since 2001, Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, and Ritchie Blackmore, and performed for President Clinton.  He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.  He is writing his first electric violin concerto to premiere in 2016.



Daevid Allen of Gong writes to his fans

My artist Daevid Allen of Gong has made an important decision in his battle fighting cancer.

Gong's Daevid Allen
I have not changed a single phrase, space, punctuation mark as these are Daevid’s words.
He has posted this note in the news section on his website.  www.planetgong.co.uk

I also want to make you aware while my colleagues at UK’s Snapper/K-Scope music and I were doing the promotion of the new Gong album I SEE YOU this past fall, Daevid Allen fell ill with cancer and its subsequent treatment. Today he posted a message, on the band's website: www.planetgong.co.uk/news/current.shtm 

Anne Leighton, 718-881-8183

Hello you Kookaburras,

OK so I have had my PET-CAT scans (which is essentially a full body viewing gallery for cancer specialists, ) and so it is now confirmed that the invading cancer has returned to successfully establish dominant residency in my neck.

The original surgery took much of it out, but the cancer has now recreated itself with renewed vigor while also spreading to my lung.
The cancer is now so well established that I have now been given approximately six months to live.

So My view has Changed:
I am not interested in endless surgical operations and in fact it has come as a relief to know that the end is in sight.
I am a great believer in "The Will of the Way Things Are" and I also believe that the time has come to stop resisting and denying and to surrender to the way it is.

I can only hope that during this journey, I have somehow contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans.
I believe I have done my best to heal, dear friends and that you have been enormously helpful in supporting me through this time 
So Thank you SO much for being there with me, for the Ocean of Love 

and Now, importantly, Thankyou for starting the process of letting go of me, of mourning then transforming and celebrating this death coming up - this is how you can contribute, this would be a great gift from those emotionally and spiritually involved with me. 

I love you and will be with you always
 - Daevid xxx -