Our focus at Revive Music Group are the individual musicians who make up our incredibly diverse community. Sunday August 19, 2012 one of these musicians was taken too soon from us when Shimrit Shoshan passed away due to cardiac arrest.
Born in Israel and getting her start as a multi-instrumentalist by the age of eight, Shoshan progressed through her schooling and went on to bring her musical exuberance to her mandatory military service gaining the prestigious title of “Excellent Musician,” reserved only for the top musical talents. As she continued studying with an array of amazing teachers it became clear to her that moving to New York was a must if she was to pursue jazz. “I came to New York for jazz. It’s where everyone comes to learn, and you have to study under someone to be someone – that’s how it works.” And that is exactly what she did. Pursuing a degree in music from the New School beginning in 2006, Shoshan immersed herself in the vibrant New York jazz scene meeting peers and mentors that would ultimately influence her development. Recognized as an exceptional composer and performer, Shimrit received numerous awards and scholarships for her talents as well as being accepted as a finalist to the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Competition. In 2010 Shoshan released her debut as a bandleader entitled KEEP IT MOVIN’ with Eric McPherson, Abraham Burton, John Hebert and Luques Curtis which garnered the attention of countless new musicians who she would come to collaborate with. In the past year Shimrit continued touring with her own band as well as with special guests including the legendary Greg Osby.
For those who knew her, Shimrit Shoshan was a bright and powerful force within our community. Her endlessly friendly and spirited nature never failed to lift spirits, entertain audiences, and build friendships. She will be sorely missed, yet remembered through the unique music she left us and the memories we all retain. Rest in Peace Shimrit.