The Burlington Performing Arts Centre presents BILLBOARD charting/4x CFMA winning SULTANS OF STRING as part of BPAC’s Cultural Diversity Festival — feat. the newly named Burlington Symphony & special guests Anwar Khurshid & Shannon Thunderbird

Sultans of String with the Burlington Symphony Orchestra

WHO:  BPAC presents Sultans of String at their Cultural Diversity Festival—featuring the Burlington Symphony & s/g Anwar Khurshid & Shannon Thunderbird

WHEN: Sunday, September 29, 2019, 4:00 pm

WHERE: Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Main Theatre, 440 Locust St, Burlington ON L7S 1T7

TIX/INFO: 905-681-6000, $39.50/$34.50 members, https://burlingtonpac.ca/events/sultans-of-string .

VIDEOS:

Enter The Gate

Palmas

Luna


FACEBOOK EVENT: 
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QUOTES:

“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!” ~ Bob Ezrin (Producer, Pink Floyd. Peter Gabriel)

“Your set was sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“Sultans of String are one of Canada’s hottest new musical exports, dynamically embodying their homeland’s values of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures.” ~ International Celtic Connections Festival, UK

“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show—one of my favorite bands on the planet!” ~ Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY

WEB/SOCIAL MEDIA:

Official Website
Facebook Page
Instagram
Twitter

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Producer of the Year
  • 2018 Music featured in the acclaimed film, “Hotel Mumbai”
  • 2017 Billboard World Music Charts  — # 6
  • 2017 JUNO nominees – World Music Album of the Year
  • 2017 New York Times Hits List
  • 2017 Billboard World Music Charts — # 15
  • 2016 Canada’s High Commission in London UK presents SOS at Trafalgar Square
  • 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners – World Music Group of the Year
  • 2016 Global Music Awards – World Music / Beats
  • 2016 ISC – Honorable Mention
  • 2015 JUNO nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year
  • 2015 TIMA winners – Best World Album
  • 2014 SiriusXM Independent Music Awards Winner – World Group of the Year
  • 2014 IMA Independent Music Award Winner – Instrumental
  • 2013 ISC International Songwriting Competition Winner – Instrumental
  • 2013 Festivals & Events – Performer of The Year
  • 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for bandleader Chris McKhool
  • 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners – World Music Group of the Year
  • 2012 Festivals & Events- Entertainer of The Year
  • 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
  • 2011 Independent Music Award 2x Finalist – Instrumental & World Beat Album
  • 2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition 2x Finalist-Instrumental & World Music
  • 2010 JUNO Award Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
  • 2010 Canadian Independent Music Awards nominees – Favorite World Group
  • 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) First Place – Instrumental
  • 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award triple nominee winning Instrumental Group of the Year
    (also nominated for Ensemble of the Year and Pushing the Boundaries)
  • 2008 International Songwriting Competition Winner (ISC) – Instrumental
  • 2008 Festivals & Events Ontario- Best Variety Act

BIO:

3x JUNO nominees and Billboard charting Sultans of String are “an energetic and exciting band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky bass and shimmering sitar lay down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String’s music has hit #6 on Billboard’s world music charts, #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, landed the New York Times Christmas Hits list, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 4 Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (for bandleader Chris McKhool). They have also performed/recorded with such luminaries as The ChieftainsAlex CubaSweet Honey in The Rock, and Ruben Blades.

McKhool (ancestral name Makhoul) has an Egyptian-born mother who happened to play piano, teach classical theory, and feed her young son as much Middle Eastern cuisine as she did music lessons. From there, the powerful violinist developed a taste for multi-genre string sounds and found a like-minded crew of all-world enthusiasts. When McKhool first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the dynamic duo grew, featuring such amazing musical friends as in-the-pocket bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), the jaw-dropping beats of percussionist Alberto Suarez, and sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi).

Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America and UK for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as JUNOfest, NYC’s legendary club Birdland, Boston’s Scullers, and London’s Trafalgar Square. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Stratford, Ontario and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine and Maryland’s acclaimed Annapolis Symphony. Sultans of String have also been featured on MPBN’s Maine Arts!, and performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

Sultans of String & Dominic Mancuso at Markham Theatre, Fri. Jan. 18th

JUNO Nominees 
2x Canadian Folk Music Award Winners
 
SULTANS OF STRING

Sultans of String

PLUS!

JUNO & Canadian Folk Music Award Winner
DOMINIC MANCUSO!

Dominic Mancuso

THE MARKHAM THEATRE – JANUARY 18, 8 PM

WHAT:  Two of Canada’s Critically Acclaimed World Music Acts, SULTANS OF STRING & DOMINIC MANCUSO, melt away the January freeze in a Sizzlin’ Double Bill!

WHERE:  Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham

WHEN:  Fri. Jan. 18, 8:00-10:00 pm

TIX/INFO:  $49 / $54
 905-305-7469 / 305_show@markham.ca

BAND LINKS:

http://www.sultansofstring.com
https://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring

http://www.dominicmancuso.com
http://www.sonicbids.com/dominicmancuso

TIX & CD PACKAGE GIVEAWAYS!
Available for your Listeners/Readers/Viewers

Fiery world-jazz string super-group, Sultans of String, whose new revved up CD, MOVE, just garnered the group the prestigious CFMA World Group of the Year, kick off the new year in a hot double bill with the celebrated JUNO & CFMA winner Dominic Mancuso at the Markham Theatre, Jan. 18th!

From the east coast’s Sable Island with its breathtaking wild horses, to the west coast calls of Luna the Whale, or from the silk road through Spain & the Middle East to the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, Sultans of String take audiences on a spell-binding sonic journey. Since their formation only 5 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD, “Luna”, and 2nd and JUNO-nominated offering, “Yalla Yalla!”, both hitting #1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to MOVE’s quadruple 2012 CFMA nomination, winning World Group of the Year. The latest good news is that The Chieftains have invited the Sultans to open for them this coming spring in Connecticut—exciting times for this hardworking indie band!

“Sultans of String are one of Canada’s hottest new musical exports”
Celtic Connections Festival, Scotland

“Sultans of String’s latest album seems to be hoovering 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.. energetic and exciting world music from a band with talent to burn. “
Maverick Magazine, UK

Dominic Mancuso is an acclaimed multilingual, songwriter and producer.  This Toronto native is defining a rich hybrid vibe, fusing the multicultural flavors of his home town with the savory sounds of his Sicilian heritage. A Juno and Canadian Folk Music award winner, Dominic’s brand of global music is “one of the most distinctive  voices in music!” (All That Jazz).  In addition to his solo work, the Toronto troubadour is a featured member of the 2009 JUNO-nominated Sicilian Jazz Project, a collective of musicians led by the renowned Michael Occhipinti. The group, hailed as ‘a masterpiece of cultural fusion’, employs an intriguing mix of Sicilian folk source material and the best elements of modern jazz, world music, funk and blues.

“The singing of Dominic Mancuso is lusty, emotive, freighted with passionate sincerity, lifted the folk tunes high up into the thrilling zone.”
Atlantic Jazz Festival

“Dominic’s voice is robust and passionate and wails in such a way as bring expressions like ‘Sicilian blues’ into mind”
Halifax Chronicle-Herald

SULTANS OF STRING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners – World Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Producer of the Year (Chris McKhool)
•  2012 Festivals & Events-Entertainer of The Year
•  2011 Ontario Contact – Artist of the Year
•  2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
•  2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favourite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2008 Festivals and Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Song
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Instrumental

DOMINIC MANCUSO CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

•  2012 Featured Artist in CANTABILE, with the acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble
•  2011 signed with AIM: Artists in Motion Booking Agency for Canada Representation
•  Featured member in 8 x JUNO-nominated Michael Occhipinti’s “Shine On“ John Lennon Project
•  2011 Headline act at the Semaine Italiene De Montreal
•  2011 Markham Jazz Festival
•  2011 Published in SOCAN’s Words & Music (a national industry publication)
•  2010 JUNO Award for Best World Music Album
•  2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for ‘World Music Artist’
•  2009 CBC Radio 2 recorded Mancuso’s CD launch concert to broadcast on “Canada Live”
•  2009 Toured Sicily, Italy, with The Sicilian Jazz Project and performed on Italian national television
•  2008 JUNO Award nomination — The Sicilian Jazz Project
•  2007 Performed 4 shows over 3 days at the inaugural Luminato Festival
•  2007 Showcased on CBC On Stage concert series at The Glenn Gould Theatre
•  Scored ‘Canada’s Rugged Coastal Line’, a Readers Digest documentary DVD

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

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