Duo Mantar: Music from the Promised Land

June 23, 2021, 9:00 am

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This selection of pieces for mandolin and guitar performed by Duo Mantar represents the rich variety of music from Israel. Styles range from the diaspora of Babylonian Jewry through European klezmer traditions and Balkan Ladino songs to contemporary influences from America. Paul Ben-Haim and Marc Lavry pioneered the use of music originating in the Jewish East, and Jan Freidlin continues the tradition, employing Eastern dance figures in his music. Oren Lok’s Ahava is an homage to love, while Ittai Rosenbaum’s Duet offers a vibrant and jazzy conclusion to this wide-ranging program.