16 - October - 2017

Sultans Of String

Arabic - Cuban - Flamenco - Global Fusion - World Jazz
From Toronto, Ontario

BIO

Raucous roots, genre bending string supergroup, Sultans of String, serve up a spicy stew of Spanish Flamenco, French Manouche Gypsy Jazz, Middle Eastern Folk, and Cuban rhythms!

Seamlessly traversing diverse themes of heart, place and tradition, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. Since their formation only 4 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD "Luna" and 2nd offering, "Yalla Yalla" both hitting # 1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to their triple 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year. In the past year alone, they've acquired a JUNO nomination for "Yalla Yalla", U.S. representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Jesse Cook, Nikki Yanofsky, Bela Fleck), and booking representation in Australia and the UK. They also garnered a 2010 CMW Indies nomination and took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition.

“Canada is a real meeting places of styles and musical influences from around the world” says bandleader/fiddler Chris McKhool. “At the same time, as a band we try to tell uniquely Canadian stories, putting forth our vision of the world as one family.” Chris’ paternal *Makhoul* grandparents immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the early 1900s, and his Egyptian-born mother, an accomplished pianist, also has paternal Lebanese ancestry. “Growing up, I was taught the values of tolerance, respect for all peoples and celebration of culture.” McKhool’s unbridled passion for exploring the rhythms and melodies has led him to the far corners of the world, incorporating instruments and styles everywhere he went.

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Gigs

Hugh's Room - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Shenkman Hall - Ottawa, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Brock University Centre for the Arts - St. Catharines, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts - Leduc, Alberta Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

River Run Centre - Guelph, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

NERFA Official Showcase, - Kerhonkson, New York United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

International Folk Alliance Official Showcase - Memphis, Tennessee United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

JUNOFest - St. John's, Newfoundland Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Harmony House Theatre - Huner River, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Riverview Arts Centre - Riverview, New Brunswick Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Beaches International Jazz Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Home County Folk Festival - London, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Huntsville Jazz Festival - Huntsville, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Mariposa Folk Festival - Orillia, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Our World Festival - Kitchener, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Festival des Guitares du Monde - Rouyn-Noranda, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Roy Thompson Hall - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Majestic Theatre - Biggar, Saskatchewan Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

William Glesby Centre - Portage la Prairie, Manitoba Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

George Layh Theatre - Langenburg, Saskatchewan Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Roundhouse Theatre - McBride, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Creekside Theatre - Lake Country, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts - Brantford, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Blue Skies Music Festival - Clarendon, Ontario Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

CAPACOA Mainstage Showcase - Ottawa, Ontario Canada - Monday, January 1, 2007

Band Members

Chris McKhool
Kevin Laliberte
Drew Birston
Chendy Leon
Eddie Paton

Manager

Lisa Weitz
Email: lw@lwcommunications.ca
Phone: 416 624 3466