The Ori Naftaly Band won  1st place in the Israeli Blues Society Blues Challenge Competition in October 2012 The Ori Naftaly Band will travel from Israel to Memphis, TN to represent Israel in the International Blues Challenge competition (IBC) and compete against Blues Acts for all over the world.

To help The Ori Naftaly Band meet travel expenses to the IBC by going to The Road to Memphis Fundraiser Campaign 

The Ori Naftaly Band is Ori Naftaly /guitar , Ofir Ventura/vocals, Yam Regev/drums, Eran Szendri/bass, Willem Van Der Schoof/keyboards


















[box_light]Ori Naftaly  is a 25 year old Israeli guitarist, Composer and Israeli Blues Challenge Winner for 2012. At the age of 5, Ori started Guitar and music lessons. For years Naftaly studied guitar with different teachers from a wide range of music genres (Spanish, Classical, Jazz and Funk).

At the age of 10, Naftaly began studying music and guitar at Funky Music School, where he met one of his mentors – Tony Pirson.

Tony Pirson is an American Blues and Jazz guitarist, who played with James Brown, Tina Turner and more. Pirson was a significant influence on Naftaly and showed him how to play the Blues from the roots.

Naftaly studied and graduated from Music Class in Hadassim high school, and immediately applied and was accepted to Rimon – School of Jazz & Contemporary Music‘s Arrangement and Compesition Class. A year and a half later, he left the school and started playing and recording with Israeli artists all over israel.

Naftaly is still studying guitar and music, focusing on Classical and Spanish music,

and playing a classical guitar with guidance and training by the Israeli brilliant guitar player, composer, songwriter and producer – Shlomo Yidov.

These days The Ori Naftaly Band is promoting “A True Friend (Is Hard to Find)”

all over the world. With a big fanbase in Germany, Netherlands and rest of Europe, Naftaly and his band now consitrate on Touring in Europe for 2012-2013. In October 2012 Naftaly won the Israeli Blues Challange, and will represent Israel in Memphis as the country’s best Blues Act.

Also Naftaly writes a column on – E-Blues Magazine, about Guitar and the Blues, While also being a endorsee of – “Personalized Guitar Picks and Guitar Accessories by Clayton, Inc.”


Naftaly has also been working as a guitar teacher in the past few years, giving young talents music sessions in his home studio.


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