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Soul Journey

by Shoshannah

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. Flow with the music as you experience your personal Soul Journey.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Emunah
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3. Eternal Love
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4. Soul Journey
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5. Into the Light
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6. Immersion
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9. Sweet Return
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PROFESSIONAL NAR MUSIC REVIEW by BILL BINKELMAN
An example of not judging a book by its cover, Shoshannah’s piano album Soul Journey is not what one might expect given the CD’s title and cover art. Anticipating a “typical” serene new age piano recording, I was blown away by the CD’s diversity, complexity and depth, as it explored assorted nooks and crannies of mood and tone via the artist’s approach to improvisational piano. If you only buy one solo piano CD this year, and you are hungry for something unconventional yet wholly accessible, I highly recommend you consider this album.

Soul Journey is not experimental or disorienting, but it is refreshingly different, especially given the presentation of the album. Of course, some tracks follow the formula of this music, such as “Eternal Love” which is a gentle, soothing number with a slowly flowing melody and only a brief speed up of tempo and elevation of energy during the last third of the seven-plus minute track. Cuts like the opening “Emunah” and the next one, the near-epic length “Aliyah” (clocking in at a whopping thirteen minutes!) are the ones that made me sit up and take notice. The former is a moody introspective piece yet is also dramatic and fast-paced at times with plenty of minor key notes and chords. Shoshannah displays mastery of both the piano keys and the pedals. Her use of subtlety and nuance is a highlight, especially as she shifts gears loud to soft or fast to slow. In lesser hands, these changes of direction could be distractingly obvious and forced, but she manages to make the numerous transitions as natural as rain. “Aliyah” is simply stunning, opening with a burst of neo-Celtic melody and morphing into a jump boogie, but so quiet and restrained that it sneaks up on you, rather than shakes you. When she employs the lower register later, the cut takes on a subdued hint of the blues. Switching into a livelier mode, arpeggios of upper register notes sprinkle down like a sunshower. At the end, rolling chords cascade down on the listener one after the other in a celebratory fashion.

Other songs include the title track, a lovely number that may not be adventurous but its quietness and serenity allows the listener to catch her/his breath, “Into the Light” a cheery uptempo affair (over nine minutes long) on which the artist plays around with refrains and recurring motifs but maintains an overall laughter-filled mood, “Immersion” which echoes the classical Romanticists interrupted by a brief flurry of darker dissonance before winding down with gentility and grace, and the warm and friendly closing song, “Sweet Return” reminiscent of Robin Spielberg’s music. Also of note is the eleven-minute long “Gathering Sparks,” a challenging examination of shadow and mystery, colored at times by Middle Eastern/North African melodic motifs. The song is undeniably lively and spirited but minor key notes dominate the track and keep the mood from being warm until the last third of the track when things gradually lighten (still at a fast tempo, though).

I’ve refrained from drawing comparisons to any other piano artist (except for the brief mention of Spielberg) but that doesn’t mean I don’t hear echoes of some others on this CD. It’s just that Shoshannah’s approach is so unique that even if I am occasionally reminded of, e.g. Wayne Gratz, David Lanz, it’s a fleeting association. Soul Journey is an imaginative and original recording and while not wholly “relaxing” per se (and I worry about people who buy it and are put off by its more energetic pieces and the complexity of some cuts) it’s always engaging and inviting. Recording quality is excellent and Shoshannah never gets so flashy that the music’s “spirit” is betrayed by an over-reliance on fireworks. I highly recommend this CD, especially if frequent solo piano offerings in the genre leave you strangely unsatisfied.

Bill Binkelman
New Age Reporter
9/26/06
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Review of Soul Journey by Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications

“Soul Journey” is a gorgeous collection of nine solo piano improvisations by Shoshannah, a composer,pianist,educator and therapist. Classically-trained from a young age, Shoshannah won a variety of major piano competitions in her youth, and appeared to have a very promising career as a concert pianist ahead of her. However, she had never stopped composing or improvising her own music, and her creativity and interest in diverse musical forms lead her in other directions. When she moved to Jerusalem, Shoshannah experienced a profound spiritual transformation that changed her life and music, making her a vessel through which divine love flowed as music. Shoshannah’s playing is effortless and fluid, and the music on this CD is versatile in mood, style, and ethnicity. Each track depicts a different aspect of a soul’s journey, and the album as a whole creates a warm invitation to look inward and experience life’s many joys and gifts. “Soul Journey 2” will be released very soon, in which grammy nominated cellist David Darling improvises to Shoshannah’s piano music - this should be a real treat!

“Emunah,” is a graceful and pensive opening track that conveys a gentle sense of urgency. “Aliyah” is a thirteen-minute exploration. The title refers to Jewish immigration to Israel and the law that permits any Jew the right to settle in Israel and be granted automatic Israeli citizenship. The piece conveys many emotions, but there are feelings of peace, freedom, and movement throughout. Jazz influences can be heard, as can a series of harplike glissandos - a fascinating piece! “Eternal Love” is dedicated to the artist’s mother and is much simpler in style. Full of love and grace, this piece is truly an outpouring from the heart and soul, and is a highlight of the album. The title track is serene and tranquil - a perfect peace flows from its elegant simplicity. “Into the Light” is a carefree and playful little dance that bubbles over with childlike enthusiasm. “Immersion” sparkles like light dancing on water, constantly moving and changing, yet deeply relaxing - another favorite. “Gratitude” has a warm, elegant flow and deep sincerity that touches the heart. “Gathering Sparks” is more energetic and complex. At almost eleven minutes, it has plenty of time to explore a variety of themes, some of which have a strong Middle Eastern influence. Shoshannah’s virtuosity allows you to get so deep into the music that you forget that she is playing the piano - an amazing piece! “Sweet Return” closes the album with gentle innocence and sweetness.

“Soul Journey” is truly a journey for the mind as well as the soul that leaves you feeling spiritually refreshed and inspired. It is available from cdbaby.com. Recommended!

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Soul Journey by Shoshannah
Reviewed by M.B. Finkler, NYC

The wonderment of a diamond ring....usually there is a center diamond surrounded by a setting of smaller diamonds. Each diamond is a work of perfection and a universe which can be seen in a multitude of perspectives. One is dazzled, amazed and invigorated....which is how I feel listening to Shoshannah’s new 2006 collection of improvisations, “Soul Journey”.

Each piano improvisation is so unique. There are many styles and moods ranging from pensive to seemingly leaping to the heavens. The listening experience is not merely that of a "spectator"...one’s self becomes entwined with this enrapturing music....I feel part of the "journey".... invited at once to dream along with the music and to write myself into it.

Though each piece is precious, my two favorites are “Eternal Love” and “Immersion”. “Eternal Love”, dedicated to the artist's mother, is at once tender, yearning, and embracing. Each repetition becomes sweeter and deeper. I experience a conversation of love and devotion. I become “immersed” in this music as it stirs my emotions and reaches into my heart.

The improvisation “Immersion” is an exquisite piece of music that simulates the drops of water in a beautifully rhythmic and melodic pattern. I imagine being in a magnificent place with beams of light....freely dancing and basking in water, warmth and light. As the piece is appropriately titled, I experience a real sense of “Immersion”. I especially like this piece because the piano at times sounds like a clear, resonant, high-pitched flute that is fluid and connected in the same way water is. "Immersion" conveys an innocent joyousness {pianistically conveyed by Baroque trills with running and skipping on the keys}, together with thoughtful pensive pauses.

Shoshannah explores every human emotion and executes her solo inspirations in an incredibly wide range of piano styles and moods. The title album cut “Soul Journey,” reflects what is intrinsic to all of Shoshannah's originals, ...meaningful introspection while openly reaching out into the depths of a personal and soulful experience. The entire collection of “Soul Journey” appears to be unbounded from time, space, emotion, and style.... inviting us into the vast and brilliant universe of Shoshannah’s mind and talent that is reflective of the infinite and sweetest gifts given by our Creator.
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Shoshannah's 2006 piano release, "Soul Journey" is an original improvisational masterpiece from start to finish. Each of the nine spontaneous creations tell a unique story of the human soul journey experience. The piano music of Soul Journey depicts different stages of spiritual growth through a wide range of emotion and styles from classical new age to ethnic jazz.
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ARTIST BIO

Shoshannah is a composer pianist, educator, therapist, 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. "Gifts from Heaven" is continually considered by fans as Jerusalem's most popular healing music CD. The piano music has been heard almost everyday for years, as people approach the famous steps down to the Old City's Western Wall.

Shoshannah's third album, "Soul Journey," a 2006 piano release, 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. Similar to King David's Psalms, which capture the full range of human emotion, so too, "Soul Journey" opens the listener to their own inner world and initiates one into the power of inner transformation and the bliss of Divine experience.

"Deepheart Awakening," a 2007 piano solo release and fourth to date, is described as Evocative Spiritual Cinematic Music. Each piano composition portrays specific Biblical and historical events, elevating the human experience of slavery and oppression into hope, light and redemption. Shoshannah's technically dazzling original piano ranges from uplifting and passionate dance rhythms to delicate and sublime melodies that soothe the soul. "Deepheart" musical themes include the Splitting of the Sea, the Manna that rains down from Heaven, Clouds of Glory, and the great Har Sinai event.

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 which 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. As you read this, the composer's three new CD's may have already been released.

Shoshannah's recordings reach top popularity daily on numerous radio stations. Her diverse musical style creates a tapestry of New Age, World, Classical, and a dash of Jazz that is deeply healing, heartful and uplifting. Shoshannah's mission is to bring about spiritual unity, peace and compassion to the world through music.

Shoshannah teaches a unique piano program through a creative-spiritual approach, and offers healing piano therapy sessions. Her piano lessons and therapy for children and adults promote self-acceptance, confidence and soul connection, bringing clarity of purpose to one's life mission. 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. 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 through SMC Records at TheHealingPiano@yahoo.com Her Website is MySpace.com/ShoshannahPiano,and a complete free streaming of her music is available at last.fm/music/shoshannah/+albums
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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
Boulder, Colorado


"Sanctuary 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, Electrified Zither
Gaia Records


"Like voices from our past, Shoshannah's music resonates memory, dreams and heart."
Steve Gorn
Bamboo Flutist


"Prayerful music about the universal oneness of G-d. There is meaning in every note."
Chai Lights Magazine
Northridge, California


"Shoshannah offers a musical sanctuary of beauty, harmony and love . . . An experience of pure joy and beauty."
Sources Magazine New Age Retailer
Colombia, Maryland Boulder, Colorado


"Shoshannah's piano style is both technically dazzling and emotionally compelling with wonderfully fluid changes connecting the flowing themes."
Backroads Distributors
Corte Madera, California


"One of the most talented and uniquely imaginative pianists and composers that I ever had the pleasure to work with."
David Darling, Maverick Improvisational Cellist
ECM, Narada, Hearts of Space, Living Music Records


"Beautiful healing music by a masterful player with an obvious gift for letting the music come right on through."
Susan Osborn, Vocalist
Soloist for Paul Winter Consort on Living Music Records


"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, Composer
Music Healing Educator&Author,main recording artist for 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 one's that most people only dream about in this lifetime... your music has touched me down to my soul."
Appreciative Fan
Queens Tribune

Whisperings Artist Shoshannah (Shoshannah Sarah)
@ The Healing Piano
Composer Pianist, Teacher, Healing Therapist
Music: www.myspace.com/shoshannahpiano
Healing: www.myspace.com/therapythatheals
Email: TheHealingPiano@yahoo.com


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shakti

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Shoshannah does it again! Her music has thrilled me since my first listen. Her new Cd Soul Journey rocked me! I felt like i was being rocked in a loved ones arms. It's the kinda music that makes you want more and more and more and... You go girl!
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Kathy Parsons

Solo Piano Improvisation at Its Best!
“Soul Journey” is a gorgeous collection of nine solo piano improvisations by Shoshannah, a composer, pianist, educator, and therapist. Classically-trained from a young age, Shoshannah won a variety of major piano competitions in her youth, and appeared to have a very promising career as a concert pianist ahead of her. However, she had never stopped composing or improvising her own music, and her creativity and interest in diverse musical forms lead her in other directions. When she moved to Jerusalem, Shoshannah experienced a profound spiritual transformation that changed her life and music, making her a vessel through which divine love flowed as music. Shoshannah’s playing is effortless and fluid, and the music on this CD is versatile in mood, style, and ethnicity. Each track depicts a different aspect of a soul’s journey, and the album as a whole creates a warm invitation to look inward and experience life’s many joys and gifts. “Soul Journey 2” will be released very soon, and will included cellist David Darling’s improvisations to Shoshannah’s piano music - should be a real treat!

“Emunah,” is graceful and pensive opening track that conveys a gentle sense of urgency. “Aliyah” is a thirteen-minute exploration. The title refers to Jewish immigration to Israel and the law that permits any Jew the right to settle in Israel and be granted automatic Israeli citizenship. The piece conveys many emotions, but there are feelings of peace, freedom, and movement throughout. Jazz influences can be heard, as can a series of harplike glissandos - a fascinating piece! “Eternal Love” is dedicated to the artist’s mother and is much simpler in style. Full of love and grace, this piece is truly an outpouring from the heart and soul, and is a highlight of the album. The title track is serene and tranquil - a perfect peace flows from its elegant simplicity. “Into the Light” is a carefree and playful little dance that bubbles over with childlike enthusiasm. “Immersion” sparkles like light dancing on water, constantly moving and changing, yet deeply relaxing - another favorite. “Gratitude” has a warm, elegant flow and deep sincerity that touches the heart. “Gathering Sparks” is more energetic and complex. At almost eleven minutes, it has plenty of time to explore a variety of themes, some of which have a strong Middle Eastern influence. Shoshannah’s virtuosity allows you to get so deep into the music that you forget that she is playing the piano - an amazing piece! “Sweet Return” closes the album with gentle innocence and sweetness.

“Soul Journey” is truly a journey for the mind as well as the soul that leaves you feeling spiritually refreshed and inspired. Recommended!
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Mickey Weinberg


Soul Journey is a collection of 9 absolutely divine piano improvisations. Shoshannah's music truly has the power to heal - a generous donation of her CD's was gratefully received by terror victims of Israel, and her music is a source of inspiration and hope to them, as it can be for everyone.
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Avraham Arieh Trugman

Soul music of the highest caliber
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is of course true, but the same can be said for music. The emotions, visualizations and truths music elicits is also equal to a thousand words. I am thinking of this paricularly as I listen to Soul Journey by Shoshanah. It is soul music of the highest caliber and takes you on a real journey of the soul. I recommend it to one and all.
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Rebekah Crego

Amazing!
Such a passionate, yet relaxing album! I just LOVE it!!!
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Sara Cooper

Soulfull, playful, deeply penetrating.
When I listen to the music, there is a deep inner calm. As if my body can lean into the vibration. Inspiring and opening, I've already started using it. As a professional television writer, I can put this on and let the music help me get access to my own inner voice. Thank you.
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Sara

music that is an experience of both pleasure and profundity
I felt like the selections in Soul Journey reached into the depths of my soul, bringing sparks of light into my consiousness. This music is an experience of both pleasure and profundity.
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Riva Schertzman of Riva & Aviva

lofty and magical!
Shoshannah is a wonderful pianist, full of passion and love that comes across as you listen to her wonderful inspirations. Just heavenly....
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Shlomo Schnall

deep feeling, and pianistic as well
Shoshannah's music has integrity. Everything has deep feeling as well as a calming effect, two elements that you wouldn't necessarily think can go together until you've heard this music. Most surprisingly, though, the third element present here is real pianism. Shoshannah is a pianist who can play in the virtuoso tradition, and with an incredible palette of tone color, yet never ever at the expense of the integrity that I mentioned earlier. These three kinds of playing--depth, calm and virtuosity--come together in a unique way on this CD.
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