From the Best New Age Artists

Shoshana Michel | Impressions | Album Review by Dyan Garris

“Impressions” by Shoshana Michelshoshana Impressions- cover art SMALL

Album review by Dyan Garris, New Age CD, Zone Music Reporter, and “Spirit Seeker Magazine

“Intimate and straight from the heart, ‘Impressions’ makes an indelible impression.” – Dyan Garris

“Impressions” is Shoshana Michel’s 5th solo piano album and is almost 54 minutes of total relaxation. Satin-smooth and ultra-calming, this is 13 original piano solos “born out of reflection and inspiration” (“Reflection” is also the title of her last album, by the way).

The gorgeous impressionistic style CD cover art is a painting, “In Tune,” by artist Mark Briscoe.  So very beautiful, inviting us to eagerly explore the treasures that lie beneath.

Shoshana says that some of the compositions from this album reflect the various emotions, thoughts and feelings that she had recently experienced, while others were inspired by music and those that composed it; the classical music that she listened to growing up, the New Age solo pianists that she discovered in the early 1990s, and the contemporary solo, neo-classical and minimalistic pianists that motivate and continue to inspire her today.

The album opens with the dreamy, “Imagination.” We can easily flow along with this and let our imaginations run freely as well. That’s the point, of course, and this is very enjoyable and a perfect beginning.

Have you ever felt left out or excluded from anything? Of course. We all have at one time or another. The piece, “Dancing in the Shadows” was composed during a time when a series of events left Shoshana feeling exactly that way. She envisioned herself in a flowing white dress, dancing alone in a dimly lit room, while others in an adjacent, bright, and colorful room engaged together in merriment. Such a stunningly beautiful piece, this one speaks directly to the heart. Love it.

“Quietly. Gently. Peacefully,” is a sweet lullaby for all to enjoy. This piece truly is quiet, gentle, and extremely peaceful. Wonderful.

Somber, serious, but not morose or dreary, “Loneliness,” is actually uplifting in a tender and engaging kind of way.  And then, as is the way of life, we go from an emotion like loneliness right into “Joyful Moments.” This is one of my favorites on the album. Happy, and very flowing, it’s aglow with joy and light. Great use of both the upper and lower registers. This is gorgeous.

Originating from a 17th century Italian troupe of stage actors/players, performing in France, “Pierrot” is a kind of “sad clown” character. With his painted white face and flowing white costume, he is most often portrayed as trusting and naïve. The song, “Pierrot” perfectly conveys this graceful, innocent feeling.

“Prelude in E Minor” is done in the style of John Sebastian Bach. This composition perfectly showcases Shoshana’s flawless neo-classical piano playing talents. The cadence is wonderful, and Shoshana’s touch is pure velvet. Beautiful.

Inspired by dreams Shoshana had of her late mother, and missing her as well, “In My Dreams,” is both calming and sentimental. The melodic composition captures that space between worlds. Very enjoyable, perfectly composed and played.

“Nocturne in E Flat,” is a romantic, elegant piece. Dreamy and pensive, it’s just the way it should be.  Delightful.  Originally written a few years ago and set aside, then rediscovered at the perfect time to find its place on this album, “Summer into Fall,” is my ultimate favorite on “Impressions.” Melodic, flowing, sweeping, smooth, graceful . . . I can’t say enough good things about this piece. This is definitely one for the playlist. And, if you play the piano, be sure to get the sheet music as well.

“Yearning” was inspired by the music of several minimalistic composers whose music Shoshana admires. One characteristic of minimalist music includes the use of repetitive musical phrases or patterns. She has done a great job of such with this song, which is elegant and memorable.

A somber, contemplative song, “Elegy,” was inspired by the passing of family members, whether they be human or animal. This is soft, gentle, and reflective. Not depressing, this is quite peaceful and reverent.

The album closes out with the very fluid piece, “Long Ago and Far Away.” Wistful and nostalgic, this is emotionally stirring and straight from the heart. Again, this is one for the relaxation playlist, plus get the sheet music if you play. This is just beautiful, as is the whole album. “Impressions” makes an indelible impression. Well done!

Get “Impressions” directly here: https://shoshanamusic.com/impressions/ or wherever music is sold/streamed/downloaded.

Artist website: https://shoshanamusic.com/

All pieces composed and performed by Shoshana Michel
Produced by Shoshana Michel
Recorded on a Shigeru Kawai SK7L
Engineered and mastered by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ
Cover painting by Mark Briscoe
Graphic art and design by Matt Strieby

Similar posts
  • Louis Anthony deLise | A Gift of Mome...A Gift Of Moments” by Louis Anthony deLise Album Review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD, Zone Music Reporter, and “Spirit Seeker Magazine” “A Gift Of Moments” is a gorgeous gift of love from the depths of Louis Anthony deLise’s soul to ours. Extraordinarily beautiful and sensitive piano along with exquisite string arrangements, each [...]
  • Bill Leslie | Celtic Peace | Album Re...“Celtic Peace” by Bill Leslie Album Review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD, Zone Music Reporter (ZMR), and “Spirit Seeker Magazine” ‘Celtic Peace’ by Bill Leslie is 12 tracks of soul-soothing music that bring us back immediately, and without further ado, to the light and optimism that is life. Remember. – Dyan Garris It [...]
  • Darlene Koldenhoven | The Grand Piano...“The Grand Piano Spa” by Darlene Koldenhoven Album Review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD, Zone Music Reporter (ZMR), and “Spirit Seeker Magazine” The phenomenally gifted songbird is just as talented on her piano as with her unmistakable and remarkable voice. ‘The Grand Piano Spa,’ Darlene Koldenhoven’s first beautiful solo piano album, is a [...]
  • Rapture by Peter Kater | Album Review...“Rapture” by Peter Kater Album Review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD, Zone Music Reporter (ZMR), New Age Notes Radio, and “Spirit Seeker Magazine” Brimming to overflowing with heartfelt emotion, Peter Kater’s album, “Rapture” will wrap you in the warm blanket of bliss and euphoria that is true love.  Paradise found.  – Dyan Garris [...]
  • Pam Asberry | Twelvemonth | Album Rev...“Twelvemonth” by Pam Asberry Album Review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD, New Age Notes Radio, Zone Music Reporter (ZMR), and “Spirit Seeker Magazine” Pam Asberry has one of the most delicate and precise touches in the world of New Age solo piano today. Simply gorgeous all through, this is 45 minutes of solid [...]

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

PRE-ORDER THE GRAND PIANO SPA NOW

Pre-Order The Grand Piano Spa Now
Grammy Winner Darlene Koldenhoven plays her composition "Wisteria" from her first solo piano album The Grand Piano Spa at her live outdoor concert premier performance 8/18/2019 at the S. Mark Taper Amphitheater for Tree People, in Beverly Hills, California. Visit DarleneKoldenhoven.com for more information. @DarleneKoldenhoven.
Pre-order The Grand Piano Spa CD until release day May 14, 2021.

FEATURED VIDEO – FIONA JOY HAWKINS AND REBECCA DANIEL – HEAVENLY VOICES

FEATURED VIDEO – FIONA JOY HAWKINS AND REBECCA DANIEL – GHOSTS INSANITY ANGELS

Dan Palladino | Pastoral Memory

Click the image to listen now