Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on 7-string electric violin. Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, The Who, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Phoebe Snow, Ritchie Blackmore, Smokey Robinson, Les Paul, Peter Criss from KISS, Kurt Elling, and the New York City Ballet. Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, who have released 6 critically acclaimed albums. He can be heard on over 100 CDs and jingles as a violinist and string arranger. In 2015, Joe premiered his Electric Violin Concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
THE MARK WOOD EXPERIENCE
Recording artist, performer, producer, inventor, Emmy award-winning composer and music education advocate Mark Wood has spent the past four decades electrifying the orchestra industry – literally. Dubbed ‘The Les Paul and Jimi Hendrix of The Violin World’ by PBS, Wood is the premier electric violinist of his generation who pioneered the entire genre. Wood rose to fame as string master and original member of the internationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian Orchestra, selling over 10 million albums. A successful solo artist in his own right, Wood writes and records original music for film and television, has released seven albums, and tours with his band The Mark Wood Experience. He also is featured on his own TED talk, and his YouTube channel (markwoodtv) has over 4 million views.
Laura Kaye has a lyricism and musicality all her own, and is a rock and roll chanteuse whose take-no-prisoners voice invokes the likes of Steven Tyler and Aretha Franklin. As a singer, songwriter, performer, and vocal coach, Laura has spent the last 20 years empowering young singers as part of Electrify Your Symphony (EYS), a groundbreaking music education program she co-founded with Mark Wood. Laura has worked with legendary musicians such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz and Sean Lennon and her voice has been featured on countless television shows and advertisements. In addition to her solo work, Laura is the featured vocalist on many of Mark’s recordings.
The true passion of this power couple is music education. Their groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Symphony (EYS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020. EYS is an immersive rock and roll workshop and concert series for school music departments that boosts student self-esteem and helps raise much-needed funds. Mark, Laura, and their team of Artist Mentors visit upwards of 75 schools per year. EYS has been featured on NBC-TV’s The Today Show, CBS Evening News, CBS Morning News, and regional media outlets.
In addition to EYS, Mark and Laura run the annual Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp and Festival, now in its 13th year, as well as The Mark Wood Music Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to supporting music and the arts in America’s underserved communities.
Other members of The Mark Wood Experience are Rob Bambach (guitar), Jason Gianni (drums), Paul Ranieri (bass), and Matt Vanacoro (keys)