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Ofir Shwartz

Born in Israel, Ofir has been playing the piano since the age of 2. Being with a classical background Ofir fell in love with jazz at puberty, a love that changed his views towards music and helped him find his calling as an improvising artist and composer. At the age of 20 Ofir started his professional career and has performed with some of Israel's finest Jazz musicians. Through the years Ofir has participated in a variety of musical projects, giving him the opportunity to experiment in different styles and approaches. He has performed at many prestigious Jazz Festivals and venues around the world both as leader and sideman, continuously composing and creating fascinating new music. Shwartz holds great importance in conserving creativity and unique sound while exploring the endless bounds of harmony and melody. Ofir Shwartz is a several times winner of the Ministry of Culture prize for creativity in music, the Haifa Arts Foundation prize for Jazz Musician and is regularly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the great Israeli touring musicians. In 2010 Ofir Shwartz has recorded Earlier in time, his debut album as a band leader

Shades of Fish

Label: Hevhetia
Released: 2013
Track listing: Caelum; Chicko; When it Ends; Germany; Folk song; Industrial city; Shades of Fish; It's Wet Outside; Last Journey; Industrial City, Vol. 2.


Ofir Shwartz Trio: Shades of Fish

Read "Shades of Fish" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

On his sophomore release, Israeli pianist Ofir Shwartz leads a new trio comprised with Israeli double bassist Gal Shaya and Slovenian drummer Gasper Bertoncelj. This release features Shwartz's progression as a composer and bandleader since his debut release, Earlier in time (sHmoo Records, 2010). Shwartz's vocabulary draws inspiration from modern jazz-- mainly in its ...


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