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


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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

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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 Premiere Video for the Song “Turkish Greensleeves” from Christmas Caravan

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SULTANS OF STRING PREMIERE VIDEO FOR THE SONG TURKISH GREENSLEEVES 

BAND ON TOUR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 

CHRISTMAS CARAVAN AVAILABLE NOW ON MCKHOOL RECORDS/CREATIVE ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK – A DIVISION OF SONY MUSIC

Sultans of String premiere a new video for the song “Turkish Greensleeves” featuring Gundem Yayli Grubu from their album Christmas Caravan. See it here: https://youtu.be/kIBRBPF7Gw0

The Sultans of String are: Chris McKhool · Chendy Leon, Jr. · Eddie Paton · Drew Birston · Kevin Laliberté. The band is set to take their genre-bending mix of songs to venues across Canada and US. See full schedule below for shows for the whole family.

“The world-music group Sultans of String aim for international hybrids on the holiday album Christmas Caravan” – New York Times Christmas Hits List

As we get closer to the holiday season expect to hear songs from the band’s acclaimed album Christmas Caravan. Released in 2017 Christmas Caravan charted at #6 on Billboard’s World Music Chart and delivers musical harmony with its diverse sound. Co-produced by bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool, along with John “Beetle” Bailey who has been nominated by the Canadian Folk Music Awards as producer of the year for the release (results Dec. 8).

“Sultans of String keeps imaginative imperatives in overdrive for the entirety of Christmas Caravan, a generous pitch for global unity through the music of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. These five musicians have jubilantly recharged the classics with arrangements that demand attention” – Downbeat

Sultans of String are 3x JUNO nominees/3x CFMA winning ambassadors of musical diversity. In 2017 they were recognized by the Folk Music Ontario Awards who honored Chris McKhool and Richard Bona with The Songs From the Heart Folk Music from Around the World Award for their song “Sing For Kwanzaa” from Christmas Caravan.

one is hard-pressed to recall anything quite like Christmas Caravan by Canada’s iconic ensemble the Sultans of String” World Music Report

On Christmas Caravan you with find collaborations with 6x Grammy winning Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains), Ruben Blades & Luba Mason (Panamanian 7 Grammy and 5 Latin Grammy Award winner), platinum-selling jazz vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, 2x JUNO/Grammy Winner Alex Cuba, Benoit Bourque of Quebec’s Bottine Souriante (3x JUNOs, 4x Gold, 3x Platinum records), Sweet Honey in the Rock (Grammy winning all-woman, African-American a cappella group), Cameroon’s Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), Canada’s singer to the stars Rebecca Campbell (Emmylou Harris, Alanis Morissette), singer Mary Fahl from NYC’s October Project, a recording collective of Turkish Roma violinists in Istanbul, Sudanese-Canadian singer Waleed Abdulhamid, Nashville-based JUNO Award winning country singer Crystal Shawanda, sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, and hang drum player David Charrier from France.

See them at the following venues across Canada and the US:

Oct 14 – Bluffton, OH – Bluffton Townhall Concert Series
Oct 18 – Terrebonne, QC Chapelle du Collège Saint-Sacrement / Trio
Oct 19 – Gorham, NH – Medallion Opera House
Oct 20 – Gorham, NH – Medallion Opera House (10 am for young audiences)
Oct 21 – L’Assomption, QC – Theatre Hector-Charland / Quartet
Nov 1 – El Dorado, CA – El Dorado County Community Concerts
Nov 2 – Auburn, CA – Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (10 am & 1 pm for young audiences)
Nov 2 – Auburn, CA – Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center – evening show
Nov 3 – Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s
Nov 4 – Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s (10:30 am for young audiences)
Nov 22 – Owen Sound ON – Heartwood Hall
Nov 24 – Utopia ON – Utopia Hall
Nov 25 – Kitchener ON – Registry Theatre
Nov 29 – Invermere BC – Pynelogs Cultural Centre-Columbia Valley Arts
Dec 1 and 2 – Cranbrook BC – Symphony of the Kootenays
Dec 3 – Golden BC – Kicking Horse Culture
Dec 4 – Trail BC – Charles Bailey Theatre
Dec 5 – Vancouver BC – Centennial Theatre
Dec 7 – Maple Ridge BC – ACT Arts Centre
Dec 12 – Picton ON – Regent Theatre
Dec 13 – Markham ON – Flato Markham Theatre
Dec 14 – Sudbury ON – Collège Boréal Concert Hall
Dec 15 – Welland ON – Welland-Port Colborne Concert Assn
Dec 16 – London ON – Aeolian Hall
Dec 17 – Lindsay ON – Academy Theatre
Dec 18 – Ottawa ON – NAC Studio Theatre
Dec 19 – Bellows Falls VT – Stone Church Center
Dec 20 – Norfolk CT – Infinity Hall
Dec 21 – Stroudsburg PA – Chester Concerts
Dec 22 – Boston MA – Extended Play Sessions
Dec 23 – Cazenovia NY – Catherine Cummings Theater

Christmas Caravan was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.  We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

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Sultans of String Celebrate Lyric Inclusivity of O Canada with a New Video & Recording

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In January 2018, legislation was passed to make an important change in the English-language version of Canada’s national anthem O Canada. The line “True patriot love in all thy sons command” was replaced with “True patriot love in all of us command” to ensure gender parity. This is an important step towards recognizing and including all Canadians in our national anthem.

3x JUNO Award nominees/CFMA winners Sultans of String are celebrating this change with a new video and recording!

As bandleader Chris McKhool explains, music is a perfect medium for uniting people for social justice: “What I really love about music is its ability to bring together people and cultures in a way that emulates what we love to see in the world, creating collaborations that break down the barriers that divide us, helping us to see our common humanity, and providing a model for peace. So we went into the streets of Toronto and invited people to write a message on our ‘Peace Kite’, and then flew it to spread the message of inclusion and peace across the country. Making this video revealed the tremendous generosity and goodwill of regular Canadians, and the gratitude and pride we all feel about our country. It also reminded us of Canada’s important reputation as a peacekeeping nation, and a haven to which people from around the world find freedom from persecution and war.”

For a musician whose career has been dedicated to bridging cultures through song, these themes are particularly meaningful. McKhool, whose name would have been spelled Makhoul in Kfarmishki, Lebanon, where his ancestors are from, loves being able to write and perform music with people from around the world who share a common vision. This production is another in an ongoing collaboration with award-winning Pakistani Canadian sitar player Anwar Khurshid.  “He’s become a great musical and personal friend”, says McKhool. “Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we personally experience living here in Canada, and about our hope of creating a better world for all.”

We welcome individuals and schools to download and use our MP3s royalty-free.  
  
English version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q_cwkqa14Cg
 
Bilingual version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PLOAYoT4X-Q 

 


Credits:

Sultans of String:
Chris McKhool – violin
Kevin Laliberte – guitar
Drew Birston – bass
Rosendo ‘Chendy’ Leon – percussion

Featuring special guests:
Anwar Khurshid – sitar
Rebecca Campbell – vocals
Ravi Naimpally – tabla
Choir – Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Adrienne McKenzie, Camille Harrison, Nevon Sinclair, Danah Martin

Produced by Chris McKhool
Engineered, mixed, mastered by John ‘Beetle’ Bailey
Videography by Jake Roels
Flag pattern by Gabriel Oliveira

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For more info, and to invite Chris McKhool and Sultans of String for presentations, please contact:
Lisa Weitz
416-624-3466 (office) • 416-846-6877 (cell)
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3X JUNO Award Nominees SULTANS OF STRING release their 10th Anniversary Vinyl Retrospective, entitled 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2017

3X JUNO Award Nominees SULTANS OF STRING release their 10th Anniversary Vinyl Retrospective, entitled 10

Ten Years of Music by Sultans of String

[Toronto ON]  For the past 10 years, 2017 JUNO Award nominees and triple CFMA winners Sultans of String have thrilled audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Gypsy-jazz, Cuban rhythms, South Asian and East Coast Celtic music, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity.

They are celebrating this decade of music making with a limited edition vinyl-only release, 10, featuring re-mastered cuts from their 5 CD catalogue,, as well as an unreleased track from their upcoming Christmas Caravan album.

Artist: Sultans of String
Title: 10
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Barcode/UPC: 823674059415
Cat. #:  MCK 2070

Pre-order available now: https://merchmrkt.com/music/10/

“We all grew up listening to vinyl, everything from Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd, to the great folk singers”, says bandleader/producer/violinist Chris McKhool. “I took a break for a number of years when CDs were all the rage, but came back to records a few years ago when exposing my daughter to cool music. There is something so special about the ritual of listening to vinyl– the sound, the smell, the feel of it.  Time and space are put on hold, and I lose myself. After making and performing on countless CDs, we can now cross off making a vinyl album from our bucket list!”

Folk Radio UK recently described their music as “an enthralling, adventurous celebration of the power music has to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries, and Sultans of String wield that power with grace, eloquence, and spirit.”  Indeed 10, is more than a global sonic tapestry. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.  While the album treks across all kinds of musical terrain, the fertile soil beneath each track is fed by hope unhindered and freedom found.

At the core of the band’s sound is Queen’s Diamond Jubilee recipient Chris McKhool’s 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 are core band members bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), guitar wizard Eddie Paton (ReDuX:RMx), and Cuban percussion master Rosendo Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba). This album features special guest performances by Anwar Khurshid on sitar (Life of Pi, Love Guru), Andrew Collins on Mandolin (Foggy Hogtown Boys), Bassam Bishara on Oud, Ernie Tollar on Bansuri, The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney on tin whistle, and a Turkish String Collective from Istanbul.

Sultans of String are celebrating their 10th anniversary crisscrossing North America and the UK. They have recently performed at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall) and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony Orchestras. Sultans of String have performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington DC.

SIDE ONE

  1. Auyuittuq Sunrise (2:21) – From Yalla Yalla!
  2. Stomping at the Rex (3:23) – From Yalla Yalla! – Feat. Andrew Collins – mandolin
  3. El Kahira (3:32) – From Luna – Feat. Bassam Bishara – oud, Ernie Tollar – bansuri
  4. Luna (5:08) – From Symphony!
  5. Sable Island (4:45) – From Symphony! – Feat. Paddy Moloney tin whistle/Uilleann pipes

SIDE TWO

  1. Blowin’ In the Wind (3:42) – From Subcontinental Drift – Feat. Anwar Khurshid –   sitar
  2. Enter the Gate (3:30) – From Subcontinental Drift – Feat. Anwar Khurshid – sitar
  3. Road to Kfarmishki (3:30) – From Subcontinental Drift – Feat. Anwar Khurshid – sitar
  4. Josie (3:17) – From Move
  5. Turkish Greensleeves (4:29) – From Christmas Caravan – Feat. Turkish String Collective

Included inside is an 8.5×11” full colour poster autographed by the band.

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

 “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

 “You get the feeling this is 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

“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

RECENT AWARDS / HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2017 JUNO Award Nominees – World Music
  • 2017 American Billboard World Music Charts – #15
  • 2016 Canada’s High Commission presents SOS at UK’s Trafalgar Square
  • 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards– World Music
  • 2016 Global Music Awards– World Music / Beats
  • 2015 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
  • 2015 JUNO Award Nominees for – Instrumental
  • 2015 Toronto Independent Music Award – World Music
  • 2010 JUNO Award Nominees – Instrumental


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Media Inquiries and Interviews:

Lisa Weitz @ LW Communications 416-624-3466
or call bandleader Chris McKhool directly at 416-567-7110 (cell)

Sultans of String Garner JUNO Nomination for World Music Album of the Year

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February 7, 2017

Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING garner 2017
JUNO nomination for World Music Album of the Year for their feast of raucous reels, ragas ‘n’ rumbas, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT

Juno Awards World Music Album of the Year Nominees 2017

[Toronto ON]  Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING garner a JUNO nomination for World Music Album of the Year at the celebratory Junos Press Conference for their feast of raucous reels ragas ‘n’ rumbas, Subcontinental Drift, featuring special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar-winning Life of Pi).

“We are honoured to receive this JUNO nomination for our new album! We could not have made this recording without the support of the whole Canadian roots community, and our special collaboration with Anwar,” states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “there is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

“Together we started writing songs about freedom and equality, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal hopes and journeys towards finding a world peace. This is a message that is needed more than ever at this time.”

The award nomination comes on the heels of the band’s whirlwind North American and UK Subcontinental Drift tours, including a special appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. Distributed by Fontana North in Canada, the album hit #1 in Canada on Earshot’s international charts, top 10 on the American CMJ charts and top 15 on Billboard’s World Music charts in the U.S. It also got picked up for distribution in the U.S. by CEN/SONY and by Proper in Europe.

The band has been on the road non-stop and will make their debut in The Netherlands and mainland Europe this summer. Sultans of String are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band, criss-crossing North America and performing at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

They are currently recording a festive and world music inspired Christmas Caravan CD featuring Canada’s singer to the stars Rebecca Campbell (Bruce Cockburn, Alanis Morissette, Emmylou Harris), 5x Platinum selling Nikki Yanofsky, The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney, JUNO winner Alex Cuba, Cameroon’s Richard Bona, Panamanian 7x Grammy/5x Latin Grammy-winning Ruben Blades, and more!
Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid

CD & HIGH RES PHOTO DOWNLOAD:
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STREAM:
https://soundcloud.com/sultansofstring/sets/subcontinental-drift

VIDEOS:
“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)

https://youtu.be/1oBkM_zpd-M

“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ

“Blowin’ In The Wind”
(Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
https://youtu.be/2CfQOrdOB3U

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/subcontinental-drift/id1031300898

“Sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

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

“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

“You get the feeling this is 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

 

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Sultans of String Hit Billboard Charts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 25, 2017

Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING hit BILLBOARD CHARTS for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT

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[Toronto ON]  Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING hit the coveted Billboard Charts (World Music) for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, Subcontinental Drift, featuring special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar-winning Life of Pi).

“We are honored to make the Billboard Charts for our new album! We could not have achieved this without the support of the American roots community, fans and presenters alike,” states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “Sharing this with Anwar is extra special. There is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”

Billboard World Albums Chart

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

“Together we started writing songs about freedom and equality, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

The Billboard news comes on the heels of whirlwind North American and UK Subcontinental Drift tours, including a special Canada Day appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. The album also hit #1 on Canada’s international/world charts, and the top 10 on CMJ in the U.S. It also got picked up there (CEN/SONY) and in Europe (Proper) for distribution.

The band returns to the US and UK this spring and summer and will make their debut in The Netherlands and mainland Europe this summer.

Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid

STREAM:
https://soundcloud.com/sultansofstring/sets/subcontinental-drift

VIDEOS:
“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)
https://youtu.be/1oBkM_zpd-M

“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ

“Blowin’ In The Wind” (Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
https://youtu.be/2CfQOrdOB3U

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/subcontinental-drift/id1031300898

 

“Sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

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

“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

“You get the feeling this 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

“Absolutely brilliant” ~ BBC Radio

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music Group of the Year
  • 2016 Global Music Awards – World Music / Beats
  • 2015 JUNO nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year
  • 2014 SiriusXM Independent Music Awards Winner – World Group of the Year
  • 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 ISC International Songwriting Competition 2x Finalist –  Instrumental & World Music
  • 2010 JUNO Award Nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year

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SULTANS OF STRING earn nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards

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September 21, 2016

Canada’s genre bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING earn nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT

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[Toronto, ON]  Canada’s genre bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING earn a nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards press event in Toronto today for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, Subcontinental Drift, featuring special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi).

“We are honoured to receive this nomination from the CFMAs for our new album! We could not have made this recording without the support of the whole Canadian roots community, and our special collaboration with Anwar”, states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “there is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

“Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we experience living here in Canada, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

The nomination comes on the heels of a whirlwind summer UK Subcontinental Drift tour including a special Canada Day appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. The album hit #1 in Canada on Earshot’s international/world charts, and the top 10 on CMJ in the U.S. It also got picked up there (CEN/SONY) and in Europe (Proper) for distribution.

Sultans of String, Bruce Cockburn, The Ennis Sisters, Colin Linden, Klô Pelgag, and Red Moon Road will be the feature performers at the Awards Gala on December 3rd at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre.

The band has a non-stop Fall/Winter CD Release tour in Canada and the United States, and will make their debut in The Netherlands this summer.

STREAM:
https://soundcloud.com/sultansofstring/sets/subcontinental-drift

VIDEOS:
“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)
https://youtu.be/1oBkM_zpd-M

“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ

“Blowin’ In The Wind”
(Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
https://youtu.be/2CfQOrdOB3U

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“Sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group.” ~ Mariposa Folk Festival

“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

“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

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Sultans of String Release DELUXE Subcontinental Drift Sept. 9!

Sultans of String Subcontinental Drift Deluxe version

Today is the day! Sultans of String‘s brand new DELUXE & DIGITAL ONLY version of their album Subcontinental Drift featuring sitar master, Anwar Khurshid, and 5 NEW TRACKS, is available now through Cadence Music, Creative Entertainment Network and Proper Music Distribution as well as on iTunes worldwide at: http://apple.co/2c3ZIp4

“Subcontinental Drift has, in some ways, been the most exciting project of our career so far. Our summer UK tour, including a special Canada Day performance in London’s Trafalgar Square, was a real personal highlight where we got to showcase the new songs as a trio (myself-Chris McKhool on violin, band co-founder Kevin Laliberté on guitar, and our special guest Anwar Khurshid on sitar). That is why when we had the opportunity to share Subcontinental Drift in a Deluxe version, featuring our smaller band configurations, I got really excited about it.

Two of the songs, Enter The Gate and Rakes of Mallow/Rouge River Valley are performed as a trio. There is something real cool about how a trio can have flexibility and pivot on a note – it offers a lot of freedom.

We also shook things up with a remix of Snake Charmer, incorporating some electronica and drum elements that Kevin mixed in.

We included a video edit version of Parchan Shaal Panhwar that is not only shorter but also in a lower key, as shimmering guest vocalist Shweta Subram wanted to try a version with a huskier voice. And finally we included a song that Kevin wrote recently, When We Were Four. He often performs that as a solo piece in our live show, but here it is with some violin added to spice it up.

These new tracks are added to the original ten on our original east-meets-west offering with Anwar Khurshid, Subcontinental Drift. There is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East. Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time. Anwar’s become a great musical and personal friend. Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we experience living here in Canada, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

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From Ragas to Riches…Canada’s SULTANS OF STRING release Subcontinental Drift with Sitar Master ANWAR KHURSHID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 4, 2015

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A Sweeping East Meets Middle-East meets West Collaboration

2015 JUNO Award Nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year
2014 SiriusXM Independent Music Awards Winner – World Group 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
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[Toronto, Canada]  2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2014 SiriusXM Award Winners Sultans of String, are serving up a smorgasbord of ragas, reels and rumbas on their new, special collaborative release, Subcontinental Drift, with sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi, Love Guru).The album officially drops September 25th, 2015 on Fontana North.

While Sultans of String are known for spotlighting treasured special guests from around the world, this is their first wholly collaborative offering where the entire body of work was created together.

“There is something really magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East”, says bandleader/fiddler Chris McKhool.

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a global sound-tapestry. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

Indeed, while the album treks across all kinds of musical terrain, the fertile soil beneath each track is fed by hope unhindered and freedom found. “One of the songs we wrote together, Journey to Freedom, actually traces Anwar’s journey from Pakistan to Canada and finding his new home here. “He’s become a great musical and personal friend.says McKhool, whose name would have been spelled Makhoul in Kfarmishki, Lebanon, where his ancestors are from. ” Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we experience living here in Canada, about finding ourselves, and our hope of creating a better world. And I feel in some way, like these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

Perhaps one song above all on the album highlights the universality of music. “Anwar and I discovered that we knew a tune in common with different names. There’s an ancient Irish fiddle tune called “Rakes of Mallow“. It also made its way to England and when the English were ruling India, I guess the English and the local Indian musicians were playing and learning from each other musically. I knew it on the fiddle and Anwar knew it slightly differently on the sitar. In India they have been calling it “Band Sargham” and our two interpretations of the tune totally matched and locked in together”.

“There are a lot of musicians out there but it’s a rare thing to find another musician where there’s a communication that’s above words…one of us can start playing something and the other two get it”, says Sultans co-founder and guitarist non-pareil, Kevin Laliberté.

Adds Khurshid, “there is this musical connection between us, but what I noticed the first time I came here and I played with you guys, was this wonderful humanity and generosity… such a nice welcome that you had for me. It was really soul-enhancing.”

The band will be touring non-stop in 2015 and 2016 in support of Subcontinental Drift (full schedule below).

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“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!” ~ Bob Ezrin (Producer–Pink Floyd. Kiss)

“The blending expands the potential reach of the group…while offering a wonderful experience for this travelling band of merry music-making men to cross their music with yet another genre.” ~ Toronto Star

“This Canadian quintet performs an international mix of styles, from Spanish flamenco to Gypsy jazz to Latin rumba, combining ace musicianship and craft with an infectious enthusiasm for humanity’s shared heritage.” ~ Philly Metro

“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. … they weave a gorgeously-hued tapestry of Folk, Spanish, Arabic, Latin, French and gypsy strands.” ~ International Celtic Connections Festival, UK
“If there’s a string, chances are these guys can tear it up!” ~ Vue Weekly

“Since they started out working as an instrumental duo, violinist Chris McKhool and guitarist Kevin Laliberte have kept adding players and guests, even occasional singers. But whether it’s four or 40, the band taps an irrepressible enthusiasm.” ~ Calgary Herald

“A new fusion of roots and classical…the results are mind blowing.  Even though the instrumentation is different, 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… any fan of world beat or contemporary instrumental music is sure to absolutely flip for this gem.  Hot stuff throughout and a sure bet to notch a Juno and any other award winning hardware to come its way.” ~ Midwest Record, Chicago

“What this band does is not only good fun, it’s stocked wall-to-wall with irresistible international musics – gypsy jazz classics, flamenco music, Inuit melody, ukulele raveups, visiting musicians from the Chieftains…Lebanese music, you name it. If it’s got strings and fingerboards, count them in. What they never forget to provide, though, is enough melodic charm to beguile almost anyone.” ~  Buffalo News


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

• 2015 JUNO nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year
• 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 Album & 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 Artist/Group
• 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) First Place Winners – 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

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Subcontinental Drift by Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid


TOUR SCHEDULE

Aug 5 — 10pm Live on KPFA Radio, California
Aug 6 — 8:00pm, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, California
Aug 7 — morning show, live on KMAX TV, West Sacramento, California
Aug 7 — 7:30pm,  Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, Auburn, California
Aug 8 — 8:00pm, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek, California
Aug 9  — noon, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Jose, California
August 28 — 7:30pm, St Paul’s United Church, Midland ON, with special guest sitar master Anwar Khurshid
August 29 — 7:30pm, Meaford ON, Meaford Hall Arts and Culture Centre, 877-538-0463 with special guest sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Sept 11 — Showcasing at Arts Midwest conference, Kansas City, Missouri
Sept 12 — 7:30pm, Opera House at Boothbay Harbour, Maine
Sept 13 — The Grand, Ellsworth, Maine
Sept 19 – 5:00pm Brantford Jazz Festival, Brantford ON
Sept 19 — 8:00pm The Registry Theatre, Kitchener ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Sept 26 — Branches and Roots Festival, Ormstown QC
Oct 1 — Nineteen on the Park, Lebovic Centre, Stouffville ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Oct 2 — 8:00pm, Capitol Theatre, Port Hope ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Oct 15 — 8:00pm, Agora des Arts, Rouyn-Noranda QC
Oct 17 — 7:30pm, North Bay Symphony, North Bay, ON
Oct 23-24-25 — Showcasing at Alberta Contact, Shell Theatre, Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Oct 27 — Education shows w Anwar Khurshid for students, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham ON
Oct 28 — Education shows w Anwar Khurshid for students, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham ON
Oct 30 — 8:00pm, Trinity St Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, CD release featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 7 — 8:00pm, Aeolian Hall, London, ON, CD release featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 13 — 8:00pm, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga ON, CD release featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 14-15 — Official Showcase at NERFA North American Folk Alliance Conference, Kerhonkson NY w/ sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 19 — 8:00pm, Ironwood, Calgary, AB
Nov 20 — Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Centre, Camrose, AB
Nov 21 — 7:30pm Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Nov 22 — 2:00pm, Shell Theatre young audience show, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Nov 22 — 7:30pm, Maclab Centre, Leduc AB
Dec 12 — Christmas Fiesta! Symphony concert w/ Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, PC HO Theatre, Toronto ON

2016

Jan 24 — 7:30pm, Performing Arts Lakefield, Lakefield, ON
Feb 5 —  Nelson Odeon, CD Release,, Nelson NY, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Feb 6 — Oswego Music Hall, CD Release, Oswego NY, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Feb 28 — Claude Parlour Music, CD Release, Caledon ON featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
April 1 — Pawling Concert Series, Pawling NY
April 8 — 10:00 AM Student show, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington ON
April 8 — 8:00 PM Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington ON
April 23 — with Sault Ste. Marie Symphony, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
April 24 — with Sault Ste. Marie Symphony, Elliot Lake, ON
April 29, Largo Cultural Center, Florida
April 30 —  (7:30pm & 9:30pm) , South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, Florida
May 1 — Cafe Moka, Tavernier, Florida
May 13 — NAC National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, CD Release featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
August 6 — Barrie Rhythmfest, Barrie ON
August 7 — Music at Fieldcote, Ancaster ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid

 

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Sultans of String Special DUO Concert & Video Taping at Hugh’s Room on June 28th

Chris McKhool & Kevin Laliberte of Sultans of String

Hi all!  After ten years of Chris McKhool playing with his good buddy Kevin Laliberté in various band configurations, they are finally doing what they have dreamed of for years, a DUO concert at their favourite club in Toronto!

This concert will be videotaped to make YouTube videos of Sultans of String’s duo show.

The band thought this would also be a great opportunity to support an arts charity that is very close to their hearts, ArtsCan Circle, and a portion of the proceeds from this concert are going to ArtsCan Circle (pls see full ArtsCan Circle info/mission statement below).

You will be a BIG part of the fun… Come and bring your friends and enthusiasm!

Check out the Press Release below, and look forward to seeing you there!

SULTANS OF STRING
Special DUO concert and YouTube Video Taping

June 28, 2015, 8:30 PM 

Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON  M6R 1X6

$10 advance / $12 door

For dinner reservations or tickets please call the club during regular business hours @ 416-531-6604 or email info@hughsroom.com or online HERE.

The Songwriting, The Sounds, The Magic

Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar), the songwriters behind 2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Music Award winning band, SULTANS OF STRING, take you on a musical journey around the world!

McKhool met Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring around the world with Jesse Cook. When McKhool (who has performed with Jesse Cook, Pavlo, Club Django) first heard guitarist Laliberté’s rumba rhythm their musical mind-meld created Sultans of String’s sound – the intimate and playful relationship between the violin and the flamenco guitar.  Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, creating soundscapes that seem impossible to be coming from just two people.

Larger than the sum of its parts, this dynamic duo take you on a journey to hear the horses of Sable Island, underwater to hear the calls of Luna the Whale, on the silk road through Spain and the Middle East, through the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, and then back to Canada for a trip to the majestic Arctic.

“Virtuoso playing…. An exuberant and infectious sound… Powerful and moving… The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!” – Mariposa Folk Festival

“Musical royalty… love those Sultans of String!” — CBC “Fresh Air”

“Thrill of improvising makes Sultans a thrill to experience… gripping suspense for both the audience and the musicians… Superb!” – Edmonton Journal

ARTSCAN CIRCLE
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ArtsCan Circle is a charitable organization with a mission to encourage self-ArtsCan Circleesteem in indigenous youth in isolated Canadian communities who may not have access to arts resources and programming through a cooperative exploration of the arts.  We believe arts education can inspire youth to express themselves in positive, life-affirming ways as well as providing a healthy way to express more difficult emotions. The communities we serve are several hours drive from larger city centres and most of the families live at a poverty level so do not have the means to access more arts opportunities for their children outside of their home community. ArtsCan Circle provides hands-on music and art experiences for the children and youth and donates new musical instruments and art supplies that will remain in the community to help ensure children will have ongoing opportunities for artistic and musical expression. If you’re interested to learn more about ArtsCan Circle, please visit www.artscancircle.ca or follow us on Facebook.

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