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 website at www.myspace.com/shoshannahpiano,or through SMC Records at 1.888.Music 22 / 212 802 7228.
Gifts From Heaven by Shoshannah
Professional Review by New Age Retailer Magazine
We live in a world of tremendous complexity. A world of multi-voiced synthesizers and forty-eight track recording studios. A world where albums come mixed and layered and processed and homogenized like Wonder Bread. And then there's Shoshannah. Solo piano. Simple. Powerful. Tender. Exquisitely melodic. Listening to her Gifts from Heaven I am reminded of how soul-satisfying and moving a beautiful melody can be in the hands of a gifted pianist/composer. You can feel the love in every note. Gifts from Heaven is healing, G-d infused music.
Conceived in Israel, several of the thirteen pieces are based on ancient Hebrew melodies. All of the tracks have a balm-like quality to them: soothing, nurturing, and bringing a deep sense of peace and fulfillment. Shoshannah's music evokes a classical old world beauty. It's elegant simplicity is the loving outpouring of a pure soul. The composer is a servant of the Divine.
Shoshannah writes in her liner notes, "These melodies are filled with the message of love from Heaven's gates. They radiate light, joy, thankfulness, and praise. Close your eyes, listen, hum, sing, dance, and let music's splendor embrace your soul and lighten your heart."
Excellent for in-store play. Gifts from Heaven is ideally suited for meditation and body work as well as for driving, dancing, and creating. Give yourself the gift of experiencing it.
BRIEF PROFESSIONAL MUSIC REVIEWS:
"A top notch pianist with music of exceptional divine beauty, Shoshannah is graced with an ability to express her emotions and prayers through the keys straight to the heart of the listener. Gifts from Heaven - music therapy for body and soul."
Third Age Records, Jerusalem, Israel
"Gifts from Heaven is healing, G-d infused music. All melodies have a balm-like quality: soothing, nurturing, and bringing a deep sense of peace and fulfillment."
New Age Retailer
"Shoshannah's music 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, Label recording artist
"Like voices from our past, Shoshannah's music resonates memory, dreams and heart."
Steve Gorn, label recording artist of world music
"Prayerful music about the universal oneness of G-d. There is meaning in every note."
Chai Lights Magazine
"Shoshannah offers a musical sanctuary of beauty, harmony and love . . . An experience of pure joy and beauty."
New Age Retailer & Sources Magazine
"Shoshannah's piano style is both technically dazzling and emotionally compelling with wonderfully fluid changes connecting the flowing themes."
"One of the most talented and uniquely imaginative pianists and composers that I ever had the pleasure to work with."
David Darling, grammy nominated multi-label recording artist
"Beautiful healing music by a masterful player with an obvious gift for letting the music come right on through."
Susan Osborn, label recording artist
"Very high music bringing forth one's spiritual nature."
Tera Kota, African Reggae Star
"Heavenly music touching the deepest and holiest places."
Reb Shlomo Carlebach, ZT"L
Prolific Songwriter / Spiritual Teacher
"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 Sanctuary 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."
Kaye Gardener,leading healing music educator, author and recording artist;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 music 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
GIFTS FROM HEAVEN BY SHOSHANNAH
BY BILL BINKELMAN of NAR / NEW AGE REPORTER
In a recent email from the pianist Shoshannah, she wrote the following description of how Gifts from Heaven came about. "The main point is that I became a "klee"/vessel for the music to come on through me which was the gift from heaven I received. 95% of the work on Gifts from Heaven was getting myself and my ego out of the way and allowing the music to come divinely through me. The quality of the music contains the essence of what I am saying." What I'll offer in addition to her words is my opinion that this album would make a wonderful addition to your new age solo piano collection if you enjoy warm engaging music that, while accessible, never becomes too sing-songy, poppish, or commercial. Shoshannah walks the tightrope between the flowing romanticism of, e.g., Robin Spielberg or Suzanne Ciani and the more impressionistic recordings of artists such as David Nevue or Catherine Marie Charlton. Gifts from Heaven is inviting and easy to enjoy yet also offers a subtle depth of complexity; it grows on you with each playing, revealing nuances that you may have missed the first time around. Add in the fact that the melodies themselves are enchanting and lovely (and for the most part, low-key and unforceful) and you end up with a CD which is the perfect background accompaniment for late in the evening but not at the expense of being too minimal.
The emotional inspiration for this recording came during the artist's visit to Jerusalem. Nine of the thirteen tracks are originals by the artist. Two are melodies composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach (although the arrangements of these pieces are Shoshannah's) and two numbers which originated as traditional melodies were used as "springboards" and then the artist took them in new directions. The overall tone and mood of the album is consistent throughout with the only prominent deviation being shifts in tempo between selections (almost all are either slow or midtempo, though). Overall recording volume is soft and subdued, but still remarkably clear with solid stereo imaging.
The album opens with the rolling chords and a balance of cheeriness and stateliness on "Partners in Creation" which leads into the flowing reflective mood of "Gathering the Sparks," a tune which reminded me of Bill Douglas' many fine recordings (sans his usual accompanying woodwind playing). This track exemplifies Shoshannah's ability to impart a wistfulness in her music even when the time signature is faster than one might expect for such an evocation. "Surrender to One" is lovely, cast in the same mold as classic "gentle" new age piano music through the years, as is "Blessing of Peace" (one of the quietest and most subdued pieces on the album),
Another element I especially enjoyed about Gifts from Heaven was its economical song length. Six tracks clock in at under three minutes and that's a rarity in this genre (unfortunately). The shorter duration makes the diversity song-to-song stand out, but by keeping the overall vibe consistent, the net result makes the album sound fresh each time one hears it.
From the delicate "A Woman's Gift," to the warmly nostalgic album closer, "Come Home to Me," to the spirited and romantic "Devoted Companion," Shoshannah guides the listener with both her deft touch (she has superb control of nuance) and her soulful spirit. Gifts from Heaven is a true "gift" to new age piano music fans and I strongly recommend seeking it out, especially if you're tired of mundane overly slick productions.
Napra Magazine Review
Gifts From Heaven by Shoshannah
A lovely collection of solo piano compositions "in praise of the Infinite Light" rises above the crowd here. Though there is nothing but the single voice of the piano, this release fills your space with richness in the same way an empty room suddenly overflows with children's laughter. These pure melodies, with titles like "Blessing of Peace" and "Divine Embrace", are clearly spiritually inspired, firmly within the New Age genre, but Shoshannah's classical background is readily apparent. She writes in her liner notes, "these melodies are filled with the message of love from heaven's gates. They radiate light, joy, thankfulness, and praise. " Frankly, after listening, you'll probably agree
Third Age Records from Jerusalem, Israel presents its top featured artist Shoshannah:
Gifts from Heaven (Min Hashamayim)reaches Israel direct "From Heaven"...
Whoever is not yet familiar with the New Age style, please take this opportunity.
After an impressive beginning in the United States with her first albums, composer pianist Shoshannah has come to Israel. Here she continues the profession of creating sweet compassionate instrumentals, peaceful and flowing as the waters of a fountain.
A top notch pianist with music of exceptional divine beauty, Shoshannah is graced with an ability to express her emotions and prayers through the keys straight to the heart of the listener.
Shoshannah now presents us with her inspirational new recording, "Gifts from Heaven" - musical therapy for body and soul.
Recordings by Shoshannah:
Deepheart Awakening, Gifts from Heaven, Soul Journey, Revelation, Soul Journey 2, Rivers of Light, Up and Beyond.
Phone SMC Records at:1.888.Music 22/ 212 802 7228