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Press Release: Classical Guitarist Jason Lee Greenberg Releases Progressive Metal Album, Orisonata

Composer and classical guitarist Jason Lee Greenberg features recording artist Jennifer Grassman, classical saxophonist Todd Oxford, and jazz pianist Pamela York, on new Orisonata metal album.

Classical guitarist and composer, Jason Lee Greenberg, announces the release of his debut album, Orisonata, which he recorded with his wife, award winning songwriter, pianist, and vocalist, Jennifer Grassman. The couple have been writing and recording tracks for the album off and on for the past six years, and enlisted producer MD Thompson of Ivory Tower Productions of Houston in 2013 to record, engineer, and complete the project.

“This album has been a long time in the works,” said Greenberg. “The closing ballad, The Muses, is a song Jennifer and I wrote on our honeymoon in Colorado nearly eight years ago. A few of the other songs, such as Oath Breaker, I performed live with my band Eden’s Twilight. All of the pieces are original compositions, and I was honored to have classical saxophonist, Todd Oxford, and jazz pianist, Pamela York, guest on the album. They’re both internationally acclaimed touring artists, and really gave the album a very unique flair. Progressive metal is all about reinventing, innovating, and creating. I feel that with Orisonata, we’ve created something fresh and never-before-heard in the metal world.”

The album features seven songs, clocking over 50 minutes worth of music. Many of the songs, such as Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Unholy Creation, andThe Great Baptism, are based on literature. Others, such as The Muses and Robin Hood are based on legend and ancient mythology.

“Each song on the album has a distinct musical character,” said Grassman. “When Jason asked me to write lyrics to a few of his songs, I was honestly very challenged. I needed to come up with words and a storyline that complemented and emphasized the emotion and personality of the composition. Journey To The Center Of The Earth and The Great Baptism are two I’m particularly proud of.”

So far, the album as had a soft release on CD Baby and www.Orisonata.com, but will shortly be available through Amazon, Spotify, and other major retailers.

ABOUT ORISONATA:
Orisonata is a progressive metal project by Jason Lee Greenberg. For its debut album, also titled Orisonata, Greenberg composed seven original songs on which he plays electric, classical, bass guitars, drums, and most keyboards. Guest artists on Orisonata include Greenberg’s wife, Jennifer Grassman, who has been commended by Tori Amos for her charity work, as well as President George W. Bush for her patriotic song dedicated to US troops. Other artists on Orisonata include internationally acclaimed classical saxophonist Todd Oxford, and award winning jazz pianist Pamela York. In his free time, Greenberg enjoys playing video games and donating his weekends to play classical guitar for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. More Info: www.Orisonata.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Vietnam War Immigrants Honor Veterans & Service Members with Free Salon Service this September

The Pham family immigrated from Vietnam during The Fall of Saigon in 1975. This September, to celebrate 10 years of business for Visage Salon, they offer veterans free haircuts and spa treatment.

Pham Family Visage Salon Houston
Left to Right: Lee, Thu, Bao, and their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pham.

HOUSTON –  In celebration of 10 years in business, The Visage Salon & Day Spa will be offering veterans, active military, EMT’s, police officers, firefighters, and other men and women in uniform free haircuts (valued $40-$70 each) every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this September.

Owner, Lee Ngoc Pham, is one of nine children whose parents braved a bleak and dangerous ocean journey on a cargo ship, with no food, to escape the invading North Vietnam communist regime. When they embarked for America during The Fall of Saigon their youngest child was only nine days old.

“If it was not for the bravery and sacrifice of American servicemen and women,” says Thu Arnold, sister of Pham and hairstylist, “my family would not be living in the greatest nation in the world. We’d be suffering under a communist regime. Life as we know it would not exist.”

Today, Mr. and Mrs. Pham and all their children are proud American citizens. Many of the children have earned their Bachelors and Masters Degrees, gone on to become successful business owners and professionals, and are raising families of their own. Bao Pham, the nine day old baby who survived the cargo ship journey nearly 40 years ago, works alongside his siblings at Visage Salon.

Visage Salon is enlisting the aid of their regular patrons to offer refreshments and drinks to service men and women as they wait. Complimentary haircuts will be available on a walk-in basis, and service members will be asked to present their ID. In addition, the spa’s massage therapists will be offering complimentary shoulder and back massages, while cosmetologists give the ladies free makeovers.

“We want them to feel special and welcomed,” explains Arnold. “For once, we will serve them and they will not serve us. It’s the least we can do! We hope this September will mark Visage Salon’s first annual event like this. We want to continue this tradition of honoring our nation’s heroes for decades to come.”

The Pham Family celebrating Christmas, 2012
The Pham Family celebrating Christmas, 2012

ABOUT THE VISAGE SALON
Visage Salon & Day Spa is located at 11910 Louetta Road in Houston, and provides services including haircuts and styling, facials, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, tanning, waxing, and massage. Owner, Lee Ngoc Pham, immigrated to America as a child during the fall of Saigon. His mission is to encourage beauty through integrity, creativity, and personal growth. More info: www.Visage-Salon-Spa.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Jennifer Grassman, Pham Family Friend
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