Sultans of String (with sitar master Anwar Khurshid)
Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity are coming with a burst of a song. A global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz... Wonderful Musicianship and exciting to see live.
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Sultans of String
Known for dizzying roots music jams, poly-rhythms and revved up riffs, Toronto's Sultans of String is led by JUNO-nominated 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo). His fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenca guitar while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Since forming 8 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts plus received multiple awards and accolades.
"Sultans of String seem to be hovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed -- a joyful melting pot of jazz, flamenco, folk, and indeed anything else that takes their fancy." - Maverick Magazine
“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!" - Bob Ezrin, Producer (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Phish)
Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms - fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. With their new release, Subcontinental Drift (CEN/SONY/Red), they serve up a blend of ragas, reels and rumbas with sitar master Anwar Khurshid (featured in the Oscar winning Life of Pi, and Love Guru). Fusing the virtuosic talent of Anwar Khurshid adds to their truly global and mesmerizing sound!”
Since forming 8 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including two JUNOs nominations, 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries), two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, David Bromberg, and Ruben Blades.
Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as the legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, Woodsongs, World Cafe, The Lincoln Center, and the renowned Celtic Connections Festival in the UK.
The band is led by 6-string violinist McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo), a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipient who grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian house (Makhoul) bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, Chris was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons. At the core of the band’s sound is his bold and fiery fiddle, melded seamlessly with founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm-- together their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. Added to this rich foundation for the Lakefield performance is in-the-pocket bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk) and jaw-dropping percussionist, Chendy Leon (Parachute Club, Alex Cuba).
“You get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.“
Midwest Record, Chicago