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Blog Highlight: Artist Melody Pilotte {AKA Le Bas-fond} Features Jennifer’s Music

The following is a blog by artist, painter, illustrator, and recording artist Melody Pilotte (AKA Le Bas-Fond) recently published this lovely blog on her website highlighting my music. Enjoy! And don’t forget to visit her site, leave comments, and like her page on Facebook.

Avoiding finishing my record, to highlight another one of my favourite artists and friend, Jennifer Grassman. Jennifer is one of the most wonderful people I have ever known: incredible artist, loving mother, amazing writer. I truly admire her and her craft. She knows what she wants and goes for it. She’s genius. I have nothing but profound respect her on a professional and personal level. My favourite album of hers is Serpent Tails and Nightingales.  Not to say that I didn’t like her first album, because I am obsessed with it. Obsessed. The title track is a George MacDonald reference. She had me at hello. Dusty,Haunted, Victorian Southern Gothic. Perfection. Continue reading “Blog Highlight: Artist Melody Pilotte {AKA Le Bas-fond} Features Jennifer’s Music”

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

New Album Review: The Headbanging Moose Reviews Orisonata

“Beautiful vocals, superb saxophone solos, classical guitar, jazz, piano and many other elements make this Progressive Symphonic Metal album a very fresh and attractive alternative in the world of heavy music.

If anyone asks you about Symphonic Metal, you automatically think of bands from countries like Finland, Netherlands, Italy, Germany or any other European country, but never of American bands, right? Well, that’s about to change with the self-titled debut album from American Progressive Symphonic Metal bandOrisonata, a project by composer and guitarist, Jason Lee Greenberg, and his wife, vocalist Jennifer Grassman …”

READ MORE: http://theheadbangingmoose.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/album-review-orisonata-orisonata-2014/

New Album Review: Orisonata Reviewed by Hollywood Metal

“To enjoy this record one might have to close their eyes and imagine a world where jazz, eastern influences, gothic undertones, and progressive metal can come together in harmony.

Orisonata is the work of Jason Greenberg and his wife, vocalist Jennifer Grassman. Together the two stroll hand in hand down an avenue paved by albums of Nightwish, Kamelot, and Evanescence. In fact, the sound of Orisonata encompasses the aspirations of every gothic metal musician, who dreams of a world where female vocals soar over classical inspired guitar melodies. While I am taking some time to playfully jab at the album, and its album cover, the music contained within Orisonata is remarkably capable and entertaining enough to surpass stereotypes.

One noticeable difference between Orisonata and other gothic progressive acts is the time length of their songs. Though the realm of 7 to 8 minutes is not unheard of, Orisonata takes its time to establish themselves, which makes each track better in its excess …”

READ MORE: http://hollywoodmetal.com/2014/02/19/album-review-orisonata-orisonata/

Jason & Jennifer Interviewed by Vents Magazine on Orisonata Progressive Metal Album Release

Can you please introduce yourself and tell us more about Orisonata?
Jason: We’re a progressive metal project based in Houston. The band consists of just Jennifer and I, but we have been fortunate enough to have some very talented musicians contribute to the album. One of the things that really sets us apart is the implementation of classical saxophone, jazz piano, and classical guitar. Todd Oxford tours the world as a classical saxphonist, and Pamela York, who did are jazz piano work, has won a number of awards.

What´s the story behind the band´s name?
Jennifer: Well the word “orison” means prayer. We actually first heard it in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, when Hamlet says to Ophelia, “Nymph, in thy orisons be all my sins remembered.” Combine orison with sonata – which of course is a musical piece – and you’ve got Orisonata.

What are your music influences? …

Read More: http://ventsmagazine.com/orisonata/

SURPRISE! New Progressive Metal Album, Orisonata

Orisonata Cover Art. Photo of Jennifer Grassman by Laughlin Photography.

I am VERY excited to announce that my husband, Jason Lee Greenberg, is officially releasing his debut album, Orisonata, this week! He’s been working off and on for the past six years at perfecting and recording these songs. Last year, he teamed up with my producer, MD Thompson of Ivory Tower Productions in Houston, and they captured many of the remaining instrumental tracks, and of course, vocals!

I had the honor of writing or co-writing lyrics for a number of the songs, including The Great Baptism, Robin Hood, and The Muses.  For those of you who share my penchant for literature, you’ll be happy to know that many of the songs on the album are inspired by legend, mythology, stories from the Old Testament, and of course two very fabulous Jules Verne and Mary Shelley books.  I’m not going to reveal which songs are which because I want you to enjoy listening and making the discovery yourself!

You can hear snippets of the tracks at www.Orisonata.com, and two full length songs (The Muses and Unholy Creation) in the website music player at the base of each page. For my friends and colleagues who enjoy reviewing albums and covering music news in their column, blogs, podcasts, and shows, please email me and I’ll send you the password to unlock our EPK and download the tracks for free.

If I were going to compare Orisonata to other metal artists, I’d say Nightwish, Stream of Passion, Within Temptation, or Tarja Turunen. For those more familiar with mainstream rock music, I’d say the closest comparisons would be Evanescence, Muse, and “if-Sarah-Brightman-really-rocked-out!” Guest artists on the album include my good friends, classical saxophonist Todd Oxford and jazz pianist Pamela York. Both are internationally touring and highly respected artists. It’s humbling to be able to work alongside them!

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. You can nab it before it hits the big stores by downloading it here.

Jennifer Grassman & Jason Lee Greenberg

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

Love & Music for #MusicMonday – Tianna Hall, Kristine Mills, & Sheila Swift

Here’s an inspirational thought for the day:

Love is not always an emotion. Instead, love is an attitude and a practice of self sacrifice. True love is when one willingly puts aside one’s own wants, needs, rights, and feelings, and does what is best for another person, whether they deserve it or not.

And since it’s #MusicMonday, I’d like to give a shout out to some of my chanteuse friends:

ImageTianna Hall, jazz
www.tiannahall.com
www.facebook.com/TiannaHall

Kristine Mills, jazz
www.kristinemillsmusic.com
www.facebook.com/KristineMillsMusic

Sheila Swift, singer / songwriter rock
www.sheilaswift.com
www.facebook.com/sheilaswiftmusic

These gals work super hard and produce music on par or better than anything in the mainstream today. I highly recommend you give them a listen and “like” thier facebook pages.

Also, if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, please like my facebook page. My goal is to get 1,000 likes by the time I release my next album, so … wish me luck! If you want to help out, please share my page with your friends. I really appreciate the support 🙂

Have a wonderful #MusicMonday!

Love,

Jennifer

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