Mantar Duo is an israeli mandolinist Jacob reuven and American guitarist Adam levin. Music from the Promised Land, their debut duo album, expresses two major threads of their work: a shared passion for Israeli music and Jewish songs, and a desire to expand and promote the repertoire for the relatively unusual association of chamber music between guitar and mandolin.
The album features music by seven Israeli composers. Most of the selections are world premiere recordings or premieres of arrangements for mandolin and guitar. So there are a lot of things here that you have never heard, even though you are familiar with your Israeli composers, which I was not. I hear the album as something like an illuminated manuscript, showing and telling the stories of Jewish and Israeli music from the 20th and 21st centuries, some in modernist fashions, some with roots in folk dances. (See my recent interview with Reuven and Levin.)