Shoshannah: Composer, Pianist, Educator, Therapist.
Shoshannah is a Whisperings composer pianist, educator, healer, and recording artist whose work has led her from concert halls to multi-media events such as dance, theater, TV, radio and film. 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 piano competitions and solo performing continually, including several performances at Carnegie Hall, Camay Hall, and Steinway Hall.
Shoshannah went on to win major piano competitions for seven consecutive years, and seemed destined to become a serious concert pianist. Unknown to her teacher, however, Shoshannah had never stopped composing and improvising her own music. Her irrepressible creativity and diverse musical interests would soon inspire her to follow a unique musical path.
That path would lead Shoshannah to the California Institute of the Arts, where she studied with Leonid Hambro, Mel Powell, Morton Sobotnik, and other highly acclaimed composers and pianists such as Aaron Copeland, Steve Reich, Earle Brown, and Bill Douglas. At the university, Shoshannah immersed herself in classical, world, and avant garde music, and further developed her improvisational technique.
While still a student, she pioneered Cal Art's Creative Improvisation Piano Program, and was given charge of the Secondary Piano department. Today, Shoshannah has a revolutionary Music Therapy and Piano Teaching approach that she presently offers in Jerusalem and New York.
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 appeared and played with a wide range of masterful musicians, including Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Giora Feidman, Glen Velez, Laraaji, David Darling, Salieu Suso, Suru Ekeh, Sayyd, Ladji Camara, and Baba Olitunji.
Settling in New York City, Shoshannah continued to compose, perform, teach piano, and produce commissioned works for dance, theater and film. She appeared in concert at such well-known venues as Lincoln Center,the United Nations, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Hall, and the Jerusalem Theatre.
Shoshannah created her first piano solo release, "Sanctuary," a deeply evocative and healing solo piano work that explores the full range of human emotion with sweeping power and delicacy. Shoshannah's piano is both powerful and sublime, passionate and reflective. "Sanctuary" blends New Age, Classical, and Middle Eastern rhythms into such themes as hope, forgiveness, and compassion. These compositions are focused, highly visual, melodic and healing.
A couple of years later, Shoshannah moved to Jerusalem and experienced a profound spiritual opening that transformed both her life and music. From that point on, G-d became the singular inspiration and focus of her creativity. She became the vessel through which Divine love flowed through as music.
Effortlessly, Shoshannah's music began to change. It became simple and pure, flowing with a grace and gentleness filled with light. Her second piano album, "Gifts From Heaven," fills the listener with a mystical sweetness that opens the heart to receive Heaven's loving gifts for each one of us. The solo piano CD was inspired by the composer's experience in the Holy Land and its healing ancient melodies. Year after year, "Gifts from Heaven" is considered by fans as Jerusalem's most popular spiritual healing CD. "Tzaddik's Deli" located within Jerusalem's Old City Walls, continuously plays Shoshannah's music as thousands of tourists daily approach the famous steps that lead down to the Holy Western Wall / Kotel.
Shoshannah's third piano release, "Soul Journey," is recorded live "in the moment" from a spontaneous outpouring of the soul. Nine inspired piano expressions reveal a rich spectrum of musical styles and moods, illuminating the spirit. Each piano improvisation expresses a unique story of the human soul journey. Bill Binkelman of New Age Reporter gave Soul Journey a 2006 honorable mention. Grammy nominated improvisational cellist, David Darling joins Shoshannah at the piano for her up-coming Soul Journey II.
"Deepheart Awakening," a 2008 piano solo release and fifth to date, is described as Spiritual Cinematic Solo Piano. Each piano composition portrays an ancient sacred or historical experience, and brings it fully to life. "Deepheart" conveys spiritual messages from the ancient past with themes of hope, liberation, transformation, and redemption. Shoshannah's technically dazzling original piano ranges from uplifting and passionate dance rhythms to delicate and sublime melodies that soothe the soul" - Kay Gardner. "Deepheart Awakening" musical themes include Manna from Heaven, the Sea that Split, Clouds of Glory, and Hope.
Shoshannah's next piano release, "Rivers Of Light," has been described as "rhapsodic, joyous and flowing, like an unending river of life force." Its gentle, uplifting momentum invites the listener to become a partner in creation, revealing the Divine Presence in our every action and relationship. Shoshannah's enchanting piano compositions personify the flowing of water through eternal light, bringing ultimate healing, peace and harmony to a world that was once broken.
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. Her diverse musical style combines a sacred tapestry of New Age, World, Classical, and a dash of Jazz that is deeply healing, heartful and uplifting. Shoshannah's piano compositions were chosen for the top 50 "Whisperings Piano Artists" of 2007.
Shoshannah teaches piano lessons to children and adults, using an original approach that is creative, therapeutic and spiritual. She originated "Piano Therapy" and is currently writing a book on her therapeutic music learning approach called "Creative ImproviZation". Her piano lessons and piano therapy promote self-acceptance, inner confidence and creative process through soul connection. You may read her unique teaching and therapeutic approach at www.aish.com/family/heart/Spiritual_Piano_Lessons.asp
Shoshannah has a private practice in healing therapies to heal a wide range of emotional and physical maladies. Her therapeutic practice includes progressive mindbody tools such as TAT and EFT energy therapies, emotional release work, Piano Therapy (TM) Dr. John Sarno's TMS mindbody education, Healthy Lifestyle for weight issues, disease and longevity. For the past several years, Shoshannah has regularly volunteered her trauma healing services and has donated her healing piano music to Terror Victim Organizations in Israel.
Shoshannah's healing piano reaches top daily popularity via radio airwaves at:www.solopianoradio.com, www.nyjewishradio.com, jwradio.bravehost.com,www.live365.com/stations/moshebenlevi, WMDI (Lakewood NJ), WSIA.FM - The Rockin' Rebetzin of the Kol Isha Show in Staten Island NY,and popular new age stations such as: live365.com/stations/lanikaijazz, spirit-within-new-age-radio.com or live365.com/stations/310015, solopianoradio.com(as a "Piano Whisperings Artist")- Go to Itunes Radio and click Whisperings Radio, or live365.com/stations/pianoradio, thecosmicisland.com, coolwatersradio.com, sky/fm/solopiano.com,FAIRadio.net.The complete list is too extensive within these parameters.
WEBSITES: www.thehealingpiano.org,www.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/shoshannah/id4122905,www.reverbnation.com/shoshannah,www.soundclick.com/thehealingpiano,www.soundcloud.com/shoshannah, www.last.fm/music/shoshannah
Email:TheHealingPiano@yahoo.com, Phone via SMC Records: USA:1- 888-Music22 / 212-802-7228. You may contact Shoshannah by sending an email to TheHealingPiano@yahoo.com.
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