A Word from Shoshana

I consider my voice to be my “main” instrument although I have

studied classical piano since the age of eight. I am a composer and have

written over a hundred original pieces. My love for music comes from a

long line of family history on both my father and mother’s side.

I am proud of both my Jewish and Italian heritage. My Father’s family

came from Odessa in Ukraine, a hub for artist’s in the eighteen and

nineteen hundreds. My Father studied violin and trumpet and his cousin,

Porky Cohen, was the renowned trombonist for Roomful of Blues.

 

My Mother’s Italian family history comprised of many musicians

artists and composers. The artistic strain came from my Great Grandmother, Francesca Rossetti Zambarano who was related (cousin to)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Rapahaelite artist and his sister, Christina

Rossetti, the poetess. During the time in Italian history when Garibaldi

was trying to unite Italy, the “crazy” Rosetti’s were blowing up railroad

tracts in the North. The Italian government did not appreciate this and

the Rossetti’s were exiled to England where Dante married an English girl

who was the object of many of his paintings.

​My Mother’s Italian family history comprised of many musicians artists and composers. The artistic strain came from my Great Grandmother,

Francesca Rossetti Zambarano who was related (cousin to) Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Rapahaelite artist and his sister, Christina

Rossetti, the poetess. During the time in Italian history when Garibaldi was trying to unite Italy, the “crazy” Rosetti’s were blowing up railroad

tracts in the North. The Italian government did not appreciate this and the Rossetti’s were exiled to England where Dante married an English girl

who was the object of many of his paintings.

 

My Great Aunt Elizabeth Cappelli graduated from RISD in the 1920s and became a fashion designer for Gladdings, the finest department store in Providence. An accomplished artist, especially known for her portraits,

she was an exhibiting member of the Providence Art Club for many years. I am blessed to have these creative genes running through my blood!