Sultans of String (Canada)
Music, Creative Entertainment
2010 JUNO Award Nominees and “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.
The band is riding a wave of success from their sold out “Yalla Yalla!” Canadian CD release tour to their national features on CTV’s CanadaAM and CBC’s Canada Live, and now word of their triple nomination for the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, winning Instrumental Group of the Year. Their debut CD Luna soared to #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts, and the Sultans of String won the award for Best Variety Act from Festivals & Events Ontario as well as the 2008 International Songwriting Competition! The buzz extends into the U.S., with acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jesse Cook) now representing the band.
A Canadian string super-group, Sultans of String include 6-string violinist and 2009 JUNO AWARD nominee Chris McKhool (who has guest starred with Jesse Cook and Pavlo), dueling guitar wizards Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook) & Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), bass masters Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk) & David Woodhead (Loreena McKennitt), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionists Chendy Leon & Alberto Suarez!
Touring as a trio to quintet, Chris draws from this collective of master musicians to bring Sultans of String to community, festival and intermediate/high school audiences including the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, National Arts Centre, Alberta’s Dow Centennial Centre, Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre, and Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN.
Sultans of String are also available for performances with a Cuban Trumpet Ensemble, and have an evening of music orchestrated for full symphony orchestra.
“Virtuoso playing... An exuberant and infectious sound... Powerful and moving... The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!”
Mariposa Folk Festival
"Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!"
Bob Ezrin, Producer (Pink Floyd and Kiss)
"The Sultans win the admiration of audiences everywhere they play because they strike the perfect balance between brainy composition and fun execution!”
3NRG 99.3FM, Australia
“From family concerts to workshops to the late night after hours crowd… The Sultans of String owned every audience they played in front of at Northern Lights Festival. Brilliant energetic playing and a warm rapport with the listeners. We’ll definitely bring them back!”
Paul Loewenberg, Northern Lights Festival Boreal
“Sultans of String were a definite highlight of the festival. These are talented, energetic musicians that we would like to see perform again and again!”
Bryan Bondy, Prince Edward County Jazz Festival