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pianoteacherpam ,

A delight from start to finish!

“Reflection” is Shoshana Michel’s fourth released piano solo album and her third as a composer. The positive response to the release of her first album, “Soul Whispers,” her solo piano arrangements of beautiful songs of Jewish Eastern European origin, led her to resume the challenge of composing; in 2016, a full
twenty-four years after she wrote her first solo piano piece for a student who shared her love of New Age Music, she released an album of original pieces, “Dancing on the Wind,” which was nominated for numerous awards. Her 2017 release, “Prelude to a Dream,” won One World Music Radio’s Solo Piano Album of the Year; her latest release, “Reflection,” was born out of the experience of finding herself as a composer and facing life’s challenges.

Recorded and engineered by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studios and featuring beautiful cover artwork by Matt Strieby, this is arguably Shoshana’s best work to date.

“A New Day Today” is a cheerful and buoyant opening to the album, a beautiful expression of the hope that each new day brings. “Shooting Stars” is more solemn and almost hypnotic and seems to express the childlike wonder at the astral phenomenon and the belief that making a wish on a shooting star can make it come true. “Finding Bliss” sparkles with a quiet joy, and articulates a sense of contentment and wellbeing. “Soothing the Tempest Within” is a luscious romantic piece reminiscent of the music of Chopin and communicates the grappling with inner demons that is a part of the human experience. “Bittersweet” is poignant and soul stirring, with a melody that is both melancholy and achingly beautiful; “Island in the Mist” is an impressionistic sound painting. The haunting “The Moon’s Lament” personifies the moon, imagining it looking down at the earth with sorrow at the sight of all the natural disasters, pain and suffering happening on the planet. “In a Time Lapse” presents alternating musical ideas – sometimes calm and soothing, sometimes dissonant and jarring, sometimes dark and brooding. “Forever and a Day” breathlessly anticipates a special event; “Labyrinth” features a sinuous melody with surprising twists and turns. “Through the Eyes of a Child” brings the album to a cheerful conclusion.

The combination of evocative composition and artistic execution make this album a delight from start to finish. Very highly recommended!

KathyPiano7 ,

From MainlyPiano

"Reflection" is Shoshana Michel’s fourth solo piano album and her third album of original compositions. The eleven pieces are a musical autobiography of sorts, inspired by Shoshana’s journey to finding herself as a composer and the life experiences that happened along the way. Recorded at Piano Haven Studio on Joe Bongiorno’s Shigeru Kawai SK7L grand piano, the piano sound is perfect for this music as well as Shoshana’s elegant playing touch - warm, velvety and very expressive.

Shoshana started accordion lessons at the age of seven; classical piano lessons soon followed. When she was 17, she started playing ragtime and honky-tonk piano at Shakey’s Pizza Parlors in Southern CA, and a year later, she was hired by Knott’s Berry Farm in their Roaring 20’s area.

Shoshana’s first album, "Soul Whispers" (2015) is a collection of Chabad nigunim (songs of Jewish Eastern European origin) and was nominated for that year’s SoloPiano.com Album of the Year award. Wanting to prove herself as a composer, Shoshana started to focus on her own music. After a few tries, the composing blocks she had experienced for many years began to dissolve and the music started to flow. Her first album of original piano solos, "Dancing on the Wind" (2016), was nominated for Album of the Year by Whisperings, SoloPiano.com and One World Music Radio (Solo Piano category) and received A Global Peace Song Award for “When Leaves Dance.” "Prelude to a Dream" was released in 2017.

"Reflection" begins with “A New Day Today,” a brightly optimistic ode to the potential of a new day. “Shooting Stars” is the first single released from the album and is a favorite. Graceful and flowing with a distinctive sparkle, it’s a warm and cozy piece to snuggle up with. “Finding Bliss” overflows with a peaceful, glowing contentment that we’d all love to experience more often. As its title suggests, “Soothing the Tempest Within” is a bit darker and more intense, reflecting those times where frustration and disappointment creep in and working to get past them. “Bittersweet,” a haunting expression of an emotional dichotomy, is another favorite. Gently introspective, the feelings are powerful, solitary and very tangible. “The Moon’s Lament” is a deeply-felt response to the recent natural disasters that have occurred throughout the world. Slow, mournful and from the heart, I love this one! I also really like the changing themes in “In a Time Lapse” that range from fairly quiet and peaceful to swirling and uneasy. My favorite piece on the album is “Labyrinth,” with its expression of swiftly flowing movement blended with feelings of being a bit lost and confused.

I think "Reflection" is Shoshana Michel’s best album yet! Fellow pianists will be happy to know that a companion sheet music book is also available.

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