What are the genres that describe better your music style?
Neo-classical, contemporary solo piano, new age piano, minimal piano
Few words about your musical background and career?
I started music lessons at the age of seven when a door-to-door salesman for a local music studio knocked on my front door. Throughout the years, I've played different genres of music at different venues from ragtime at Knott’s Berry Farm to contemporary solo piano at The Galleria at South Bay in Redondo Beach, California. In 2015, I recorded my first solo piano album, Soul Whispers, which inspired me to start writing my own music. In 2016, I released Dancing on the Wind, my debut album as a composer followed by Prelude to a Dream in 2017, Reflection in 2019 and Impressions in 2020. I'm extremely honored that my music has been featured in several documentaries and has received accolades, nominations and awards.
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?
I was exposed to classical music through my father and big band era music through my mother, so I was open to listening to different genres of music. As a teenager, I started playing ragtime, became very enamored with the genre and started playing professionally. I believe, that is when my world really opened up to music.
When you compose, do you compose for yourself or for those that listen to your music?
I think that it's a little of both. I compose what's in my heart, but I do keep in mind what my listeners may want to hear. Music should be a 'conversation' between the composer and the listener, it should 'speak' to the listener. When I compose from my heart, I believe that it will reach the hearts of my listeners, as well.
Nagamag: Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?
Shoshana Michel: Fats Waller "Handful of Keys"
Nagamag: Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?
Shoshana Michel: Christine Brown "Forest for the Trees"