NEW AGE RETAILER MUSIC REVIEW
The other day I was listening to Shoshannah's music while driving through some of New York State's most magnificent scenery. It was an experience of pure joy and beauty for nature's artistry and Shoshannah's music complemented each other completely.
Rich masterful, deeply expressive, Deepheart Awakening is a moving solo piano work by a gifted and inspired composer/pianist.
Shoshannah takes us through the full range of human emotions... from delicate bird-winged strokes to chords of sweeping power and depth. Her piano is both powerful and sublime, passionate and reflective. It fills me to overflow.
Described as a combination of Old World beauty and New Age vision, Deepheart Awakening blends Classical, modal Hebraic melodies, impressionistic harmonies, Jazz and Middle Eastern rhythms into such themes as hope, forgiveness, and compassion. These compositions are focused highly visual, melodic and healing. Deepheart Awakening is not background music. It deserves our full listening attention.
Of all the excellent selections on the album, most notable are "Deepheart Awakening", "Souls at Sinai", and particularly "Hope" - a deeply moving piece that beautifully expresses the yearning, struggle and ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
Shoshannah began composing at the age of six and hasn't stopped since. Now she offers us a special gift. In a world of dissonance, Shoshannah offers a musical sanctuary of Beauty, Harmony and Love.
Shelley Koffler (Shalomis Weinreb)
SOLO PIANO PUBLICATIONS REVIEW by Kathy Parsons
“Deepheart Awakening” is Shoshannah’s second solo piano release this year and her fourth album to date. It is quite different from “Soul Journey” in that more of the music on this new CD is composed rather than improvised. Shoshannah’s release, “Gifts From Heaven,” is her most popular so far, but that could easily change with “Deepheart Awakening.”
Each composition portrays a specific Biblical or historical event, and much of the music has a cinematic sweep. A child prodigy who was classically-trained beginning at a very young age, Shoshannah’s pianism is dazzling. Although her classical background is clear, her music is highly original with jazz influences and the occasional use of traditional Jewish themes and melodies
Some of the music on “Deepheart Awakening” is “reinvented” from Shoshannah’s first CD, “Sanctuary.” The music is very powerful, often soothing, and sometimes joyous, and it stands completely on its own with or without knowledge (or even interest) in the historical events being depicted. One of the wonderful things about instrumental music is that the music is open to each individual’s personal interpretation and can “mean” whatever he or she wants it to mean. The variety of playing styles on “Deepheart” makes it fascinating from beginning to end.
A pianist with amazing skills and a top-notch piano can make pure listening magic, and Shoshannah does just that.
....“Deepheart Awakening” is a stunning listening experience and I highly recommend it! It is available from www.cdbaby.com/all/thehealingpiano
_"Shoshannah's piano style is both technically dazzling and emotionally compelling with wonderfully fluid changes connecting the flowing themes."
Lloyd Barde of Backroads Distributors
Deepheart Awakening puts me in a place of clear simple light-being. It connects me with the gentler forces of nature as if the pianist was caressing water itself. This is heart-centered music with a playful spirit. I highly recommend it and I hope many will hear."
Laraaji, Recording Artist for Gaia Records
"Like voices from our past, Shoshannah's music resonates memory, dreams and heart."
Steve Gorn, World Music Label Artist
"Prayerful music about the universal oneness of G-d. There is meaning in every note."
Chai Lights Magazine Review
"One of the most talented and uniquely imaginative pianists and composers that I ever had the pleasure to work with."
David Darling, Improvisational Cellist Label Artist with ECM, Narada, Hearts of Space, Living Music Records, Windham Hill...
"Beautiful healing music by a masterful player with an obvious gift for letting the music come right on through."
Susan Osborn, Vocalist for Paul Winter Consort
"Very high music bringing forth one's spiritual nature."
Tera Kota, African Reggae Star
"Heavenly music touching the deepest and holiest places."
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Z"L, Prolific Songwriter and Spiritual Leader.
"A gifted tunesmith with a flawless technique.Inspired melodies with a "Tam' ... a taste of yiddishkite that flows in a modern musical setting."
Jerry Sperling, Composer for Giora Fiedman
Songbook Series "Celebration in Song"
"Shoshannah's evocative and expressive piano compositions on Deepheart range from gentle and pensive to exotic and dancelike. The breadth of her musical imagination and masterful technique is well shown on this album of piano gems."
Kay Gardener, Music Healing Educator and Author
Recording artist and owner of Lady Slipper Records
"Mesmerizing our television audiences with her golden sound, Shoshannah's mind-traveling music is very tender, very spiritual and very healing... a royal treat for the heart."
Joe Franklin, Nationally Syndicated T.V. and Radio Talk Show Host
"After I finished listening to your tape I had tears rolling down my face, not because I was sad, but becasue it made me feel so many different emotions. These emotions that I felt were ones that most people only dream about in this lifetime... your music has touched me down to my soul."
Appreciative Fan, Queens Tribune
Note: Renowned Improvisational Saxophonist Sayyd Abdul Al-Khabyyr is featured with Whisperings Artist Shoshannah on a special Bonus Track called "Deepheart Duet". This Sax and Piano Duet is a highly recommended listening experience. Also view Sayyd performing with Dizzy Gillespie at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NwSR0bS4A4.
www.myspace.com/shoshannahpiano (Music Website)
www.myspace.com/therapythatheals (Healing Services)
1 888 Music 22
Whisperings Piano Artist, SHOSHANNAH (Shoshannah Sarah) is a composer-improvisational pianist, teacher, healing therapist, and recording artist. Her work has led her from concert halls to multi-media events such as dance, theater, TV, radio and film. Shoshannah's diverse musical style creates a spiritual rich tapestry of New Age, World, Neo-Classical, with a dash of Jazz. Shoshannah composes music that is deeply healing, heartful and uplifting to the spirit. Her mission is to bring spiritual unity, peace, and compassion to the world through music.
A recognized child prodigy, Shoshannah began composing and improvising on the piano at age six. By the time she was nine, Shoshannah was winning classical piano competitions and solo performing continually, including several appearances in Carnegie Hall and Camay Hall.
After college, Shoshannah began touring extensively throughout Israel, Switzerland, and the United States, exploring her love of different musical traditions. Performing on piano, synthesizer, and percussion, she played with a wide range of masterful musicians including Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Giora Feidman, Glen Velez, David Darling, Laraaji, Suru Ekeh, Sayyd, Ladji Camara, Baba Olitunji and the Harford Symphony Orchestra. Shoshannah appeared in concert at such well-known venues as Lincoln Center, United Nations, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Hall, and the Jerusalem Theatre.
Today, Shoshannah shares her time between Jerusalem and New York. She has successfully produced four original piano recordings, and three new titles are planned within the coming year.
Shoshannah has a revolutionary Piano Therapy Program and Piano Teaching approach that she presently offers in Jerusalem and New York. You may read about the composer's unique teaching and therapeutic approach at www.aish.com/family/heart/Spiritual_Piano_Lessons.asp
Shoshannah has a private practice in mindbody therapies to help relieve and permanently clear emotional and physical maladies. Her practice focuses on trauma clearing techniques and on Dr. Sarno's TMS Syndrome Educational Program. For the past several years, she has regularly volunteered her therapeutic healing therapies and music to Terror Victim Organizations in Israel.
You may contact Shoshannah at TheHealingPiano@yahoo.com, through her websites at www.myspace.com/shoshannahpiano, www.myspace.com/therapythatheals or through SMC Records at 1.888.Music 22 / 212 802 7228.