Can music inspired a feeling of Oneness? love, vulnerability, joy, acceptance and compassion. Some people shared their experience listening to Shai & Sagit's duo as feeling "light, peace and calmness"
When Shai Portugaly and Sagit Zilberman play together, the music and love flows. In their 50-70 minutes set, they combine instruments and styles: the HandPan with the magical sound, piano sounds and special harmonies, voices, saxophone, percussions, and new original and songs from their hearts.
Recently, they performed for a group of about 70 people at the St. Botolph club in Commonwealth Ave. in Boston and the responses they received were speaking about love and light that they omitted through their music and message. Shira Stern (Isaac Stern's daughter and an established Rabbi and writer) commented that they exuded light and a message of peace as they played.
Shira: "Sagit & Shai, I can still see the light in your faces as you played the other night. Sagit, you seamlessly moved from one instrument to another, introducing us to sounds we hadn't heard but loved when we did, Shai, you were instrumental in showing how much creativity and talent Israel has to offer. When David (Homan, Executive Director, American Israel Cultural Foundation) spoke about the incredible richness of Israeli talent, and described the spectrum of musical expression, you both were perfect examples. Thank you for helping the AICF showcase the results of all of our efforts." - Shira Stern, Rabbinic Associate at Rodeph Torah Synagogue in NJ, Doctor of Ministry, writer, educator, and Issac Stern’s daughter, at an AICF event last week.
Sagit & Shai have toured and traveled around the world with their individual music & groups. Shai, has notably toured with Grammy Award winner A R Rahman and his group last year, and many many others, among them are her parents Ofer & Iris Portugaly who have been in the forefront of Israeli music in the last three decades. For more info about Shai please refer to her website: www.shaiportugaly.com and her new EP coming soon.
Sagit has been traveling around the US with her originally composed program "Songs of Peace" or "Song & Dance Around the World" which explores songs, dances and instruments from different countries and invites the audience members on a journey to meet cultures through their music. It carries a message of peace, tolerance, shared global community and joy. The program was chosen to present at more than 150 libraries, museums, schools and tours around the US continually. (for full list of concert dates) More about Sagit's Musical journey at this website's Home Page