Stephen DiJoseph
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Stephen DiJoseph

Media, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE

Media, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE
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"Philadelphia Inquirer"

Words and music TALENTED singer-songwriter Stephen DiJoseph doesn't make a big issue of having Tourette's syndrome, so we won't either. His new CD Hypnotized highlights his low-key, prog-rock sound and jazzy folkways plus, his dynamite, swinging version of the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin.


- Michael Harrington


"Billboard World Song Contest 2006"

"Stephen's 'No Chance' is a great tightrope walk between Pop, Dance, Alternative, Jazz and even World. A high level songwriter."

- Billboard Magazine


"Blogcritics.org"

"Strains of acoustic folk-rock, Beckish modernism, soft-pedal soul, and drum-'n'-bass coalesce into a poetic and accessible collection of songs with an original flavor."



- Jon Sobel


"John McEUEN of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band"

"This is a nice thing: when a guitarist can take such an old
instrument and create a NEW HYPNOTIC SPELL..."

- - from WOR radio interview


"Just Plain Folks International Music Network"

"Regarded as a genius level musician by many of the people we played his music for around the country in the last year, Stephen DiJoseph is a fascinating and diverse artist who has a depth of talent that I am not sure even he has fully explored. To see Stephen perform live is frankly like watching a juggernaut on piano. To realize he is also a polished contemporary singer-songwriter-guitarist as well as an experimental Jazz and Electronic performer just adds to his mystique. This guy might be the most amazing discovery we ever made on our East Coast Showcase Tour." - Brian Austin Whitney founder JPFOLKS


"Casco Bay Weekly Portland ME"

"DiJoseph plays with a keen sense of melody and fire. He displays a flair for complex melodic songwriting. His songs are often beautiful, but they also possess an attuned sense of drama and tension. Dijoseph is obviously a skilled pianist and a talented songwriter." - Dan Short


"The Point-- Bryn Mawr PA"

"It is important to us to continue to present the best music that we can, and Stephen's show with Deirdre Flint was a very successful night all around. We look forward to having him back."
- Jesse Lundy


"Dimensions"

"Stephen's performance was truly outstanding. We were completely blown away... speechless ...mesmerized! Stephen has a magic in his writing & playing that could never be duplicated.."


- Portland ME


"Hypnotized pre-release review"

"Hypnotized", 2006 "Hypnotized" is more than a busman's holiday for DiJoseph, best known for his spirit seeking piano work with its idiosyncratic approach to rhythm and inventive tunefulness. Here he surprises, singing a set of pop tunes on the guitar. However, while staying well within the genre, DiJoseph still puts his distinctive stamp on every song, starting with tuning his guitar two different ways, both in fourths (D-G-C-F-Bb-C and C-G-C-F-C-C). Then he puts a strong groove consciousness to work. Check out the only cover, "Knights in White Satin," which DiJoseph remakes while traveling all over the fretboard. How many pop tunes that work begin with anything like "You pushed me down an elevator shaft" ("Flyin'")? Even when DiJoseph delivers the vocals smooth and sweet ("Walk in Your Shoes") there's an edge to the performance, vulnerable with a hint of vengeance. With a little electric manipulation, he can sound downright dangerous ("No Chance"). At its best, "Hypnotized" can mesmerize. © 
 
David Kleiner for www.minor7th.com 
- minor7th.com


Discography

QUIET TIME 1991
BIGGER THAN THIS 1996
ARTIFACTUAL 1999
URBAN CELTIC 2001
PIANOPOETRY (national reissue CD 2002)
HYPNOTIZED -- NEW RELEASE!!
WHIRLD MUSIC TRIO-- New Release!
JUST CHILL- New Release!

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Bio

(SEE produced
and LIVE performance VIDEOS on youtube.com/stephendijoseph )

Stephen DiJoseph, award-winning classical-jazz pianist, singer-songwriter, composer, guitar experimenter, hand drummer, electronic keyboardist and video producer began demanding musical instruments at the age of six. Stephen's music is highlighted by the story of his “Synaptic Adventure” ... Tourette- inflected fusionary passion formed from the heart of experience and generously shared with his audience.

“Stephen is one of those rare animals, able to offer up captivating and truly original songs with a soulful voice and then mind-bending instrumentals that leave you feeling "like you found something you didn't know you needed” says Maine Things Considered host Charlotte Renner. Stephen was recently interviewed on one of the nations most listened to talk show WOR radio’s Joey Reynolds Show. He was interviewed on the WHYY/NPR talkshow Radiotimes with Marty Moss-Coane discussing the ‘influence” of Tourette Syndrome on his music and creativity. Stephen has been a frequent guest on Philadelphia’s longest running folk radio program , The Gene Shay Show on WXPN, and his music has been featured on PRI’s Echoes, syndicated on over 170 radio stations. He's opened for such notables as Billy Jonas, Mad Pudding, Los Lobos, and Greg Brown. He’s shared the stage with Lucy Kaplansky, Greg Greenway, Tom Prasado-Rao and Cary Cooper.

Stephen was in the top 500 honorable-mention catagories of the 13th and 14th Annual Billboard World Song Contest 2006 and 2007 and the Singer-Songwriter Awards 2007 for 4 songs from his new release Hypnotized. His song Flyin’ was nominated for best song out of thousands of submissions along side s in the male S/S category of the 2006 JP Folks International Music Awards. He is a Finalist in the 2007 Susqehanna Music Festival Song Contest for his song “Breakaway” and winner of Phila Folk Society’s XFS Song Contest 2007 and the Godfrey Daniels Bethlehem Musikfest Contest 2007.

Past accolades include a nomination for Best Composer in thePhiladelphia City Paper Music Awards along side jazz master Odeon Pope, Best Instrumental CD in the JP Folks International Music Awards for his solo jazz piano CD Pianopoetry, and second place for Best Celtic CD again in theJP Folks International Music Awards for his collaborative release, Urban Celtic.

To date DiJoseph has independently released five albums in a dizzying array of genres on his own ESDE Records label. His latest, Hypnotized (2006-07) pop/singer-songwriter guitar, Pianopoetry/Artifactual (2002 & 2000) Jazz/Instrumental piano, Urban Celtic (2001) Celtic-Jazz, Bigger Than This (1995) Pop /AC and Quiet Time (1991) New Age/ Electronic. Look for a re-issue of Increase the Angle (1990) Prog Rock in 2008, as well as the debut album from the Trance/ Jam band the Whirld Music Trio , Just Chill a compilation of “downtime music” and a new piano solo release.