Press & Reviews

From The Press

… A major breakthrough in original Israeli Jazz creation 

Danny Karpel, Jazz journalist, GALZ Radio Jazz broadcaster & commentator

"… If anything beautiful, complex, almost poetic, has ever been created in Israeli Jazz – this must be it. Iris and Ofer Portugali, a pianist and singer (and drummer), wife and husband, went for the kind of harmony that you do not get to hear on the local Jazz scene very often. We have some really talented people in this country”.

Yossi Harsonski, "Ma’ariv”

Ofer and Iris Portugaly are the best thing that has happened to Jazz in Israel 

Ronen Meirowitz, "Arim”

"… The closer you listen, the fresher, more convincing, catchier and more relevant it sounds. Iris is an excellent vocalist and a surprising female drummer. Ofer is a polished and knowledgeable pianist and a proficient and confident arranger. Together, they create a new language in Israeli song. And even if you still have a problem with Jazz, as an academic-rationalistic musical genre, go with the songs of these two, with their Hebrew that emerges proudly from the encounter with this English-speaking music and does not subordinate itself to its rules… Simply beautiful songs… Definitely worth a try”.  

Amos Oren, "Yediot Aharonot”

"GOSPEL-JAZZ – is this year’s best put together concert on the Israeli jazz scene…great, amazing, perfect, gripping and exciting…”  

Dubi Yarhi / ‘Walla’ jazz forum manager

"Elegant, exciting, rich in musical highlights, stirring. A pleasure and an obligation to hear for all the jazz fans!”

Marina Yanovsky/’Vesty’ Newspaper

Audience Responses

Amazing…  Thank you very much to all of you. It was great I just got back from another show of gospel jazz and I’m just stunned…
Thank you very much to all of you. It was great

Thank you very much for the pleasurable and special night. 

The combination of creating a relationship with the audience and in the same breath to performaning in such a special way, is something you don’t often see in many performances.
This show features professionalism, warm-heartedness, and simplicity that no words can describe. Thank you very much for the pleasurable and special night. Keep up the good work

I have never enjoyed such a delightful and stirring a performance  as much as this one!

When I see you in action, I am encouraged. I understand that Jazz in Israel is alive and well!

 We were at your show last night in Reut.
An amazing experience. We are coming again to Givatayeem.
Keep up the good work! 

I was so excited by your show in Arad.
It’s unbelievable that Israel can present such a quality show, blessed with talent

I was at your recent show at the Einav Center . This was my fourth time and I just can’t get enough of your performances. By the way, my family and girlfriend, who has seen you three times, also had a great time. When are you coming out with a Gospel disk?” "This is the second time I have seen this performance. The first time was in August in Haifa. At the first performance I was astonished to find out that there exists in Israel an ensemble that has such all-around talent and excellence: the material chosen, the excellent and sophisticated arrangements and the fine performance. The real gem was the Round Midnight. Is there a possibility that you will make a C.D. of the show’s songs?

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