"Portais is structured around a repertoire of great Brazilian composers: Garoto, Ary Barroso, Egberto Gismonti, Guinga, Edu Lobo. Henrique's arrangements for these songs are ingenious, refined and full of life, without artificially forcing any unnecessary originality.
In addition to these fundamental pieces, so replete with significance for us Brazilians, there are also the improvised 'miniaturas', which bring Henrique's signature to the album as a composer. They are like inevitable bursts of creativity, transpirations of this process of metabolising the masters by a pianist whose hands are always throwing forth spontaneous ideas''
Lourenço Rebetez - Grammy-nominated producer
"While solo piano remains an incredibly rare practice for most audiences of this music around the world, Henrique offers us a new lens to view it. His ability to pay homage to his tradition remains the greatest intervention in this work. In a world so in need of healing, this album is definitely a wonderful way to step into our internal reservoirs of hope, it is a beautiful offering to humanity."
Nduduzo Makhathini, pianist - Blue Note artist
"Henrique Gomide is one of the most refined and creative musicians I have ever met. I have been lucky enough to witness his trajectory from a young age and his pianism has always inspired me. Listening to his new album, Portais, I had the feeling of strolling through worlds that are so Brazilian and yet so personal. Henrique's genius is latent and is expressed in a profound and intimate universe, in which the musical discourse and its sound elements unfold into countless dimensions."
Cristian Budu, pianist