Sultans of String Release Official Music Video for “Will You Marry Me”

Award-winning world music super group Sultans of String have just released their brand new video for the Chris McKhool penned “Will You Marry Me”, the proposal song he wrote for his lovely wife Catherine who appears in the video with their beautiful young daughter, River. Not only is this the perfect proposal song but I think it’s the perfect song for a first dance at a wedding too. Unabashedly romantic, this is certainly one of Sultans of String’s finest!

 

Toronto, Markham, Oshawa- Mark your calendars!Sultans of String Live with Ontario Philharmonic

Friday, November 28, 2014 – 8pm
with the Ontario Philharmonic
Regent Theatre
50 King St E, Oshawa
http://www.ontariophil.ca/
905-579-6711

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 8pm
with the Ontario Philharmonic
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham
http://tinyurl.com/q8ac9st
905-579-6711

Thursday, December 4, 2014 – 8pm
Sultans and Divas
Koerner Hall
273 Bloor St W, Toronto
http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/sultans_divas
416-408-0208 $35+

First up, two shows with the amazing Ontario Philharmonic performing the songs from their 2014 multiple award winning album, “Symphony!”, at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre on November 28 and Flato Markham Theatre on November 29.

I used to play classical violin in the youth symphony orchestras. I really love that sound and one of the things that I like to do with Sultans of String is lead us in different directions so that we can explore different sides of our musical selves. I thought it would be a really fantastic musical exploration to hear those world music grooves and rhythms and melodies with the majesty and the glory of the symphony orchestra. There really is nothing like it! ~ Chris McKhool

 

Then Sultans of String perform a collaborative concert with a whole team of heavy hitters in “Sultans & Divas – Discoveries in Canadian Arab Performing Arts” at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, December 4, 2014. The Canadian Arab Institute is co-producing this glittering cultural event featuring a dynamic assortment of opera, world music, literature and dance.

Sultans and Divas at Koerner HallAward-winning singer and actress Julie Nesrallah will perform Arab-inspired arias; critically acclaimed soprano Miriam Khalil will offer renditions of the legendary Fairuz; the Montreal orchestra OktoEcho, appearing for the first time in Toronto, will perform their own brilliant blend of East-West sounds; and Juno-nominated Sultans of String will deliver their joyful and liberating fusion music.

Quotes

“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. The large orchestra certainly does give them gravitas but, on their own, they’ve got as much charm as they need.” ~ Buffalo News 

 

2x JUNO winner KIRAN AHLUWALIA Releases “SANATA: STILLNESS” KOERNER HALL, OCTOBER 3, 8:00pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 6, 2014

Kiran Ahluwalia

2x JUNO winner KIRAN AHLUWALIA ReleasesSANATA: STILLNESS”
KOERNER HALL, OCTOBER 3, 8:00pm


A heady hybrid of Indian grooves, Saharan Blues and Western Jazz that delivers a
BLUEPRINT FOR A BORDERLESS WORLD

“A deep understanding of one’s own traditions and the instinct to embrace others’ with a delicate touch.”

Globe & Mail

“A rising international star.”
Village Voice

“Ahluwalia is busy honing a transnational sound as fresh as tomorrow.”
Seattle Times

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[Toronto ON]  In stillness, movement is not only possible, it is a promise. Indeed, Kiran Ahluwalia’s new offering, Sanata: Stillness, to be released at Koerner Hall October 3rd, is nothing short of a musical roadmap to personal and global transformation.

At once contemplative and rockin’, traditional and innovative, Kiran’s hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan Blues and Western Jazz shows us that borders are meaningless in one’s heart and on the world stage.

Born in Patna, India, Kiran’s parents survived the strife of political upheaval between India and Pakistan during partition, escaping the riots and warring factions to ultimately settle in Toronto where young Kiran was raised. Living proof that the heart can indeed show us the way, she met and married NYC-based Pakistani-American guitarist/arranger Rez Abbasi (Downbeat’s “#1 Rising Star Guitarist”) – a musical and marital partnership that transcends place, position, and politics.

“Rez and I would likely not have been able to create together, had our parents not moved from their motherlands to the west. The diaspora is the only social context in which our personal and creative journey would have been able to fully unfold.”

This 2x JUNO award winner’s love of Indian and Pakistani music has grown, merging with multiple global influences with each accomplished release. Rez’s infusion of jazz, alongside her discovery of Malian Tuareg music turned Ahluwalia’s eye from traditional ghazal to fully embrace a more modern sensibility and the guitar-centric brand of desert blues.

Penning the lyrics and music on Sanata-Stillness, Kiran’s themes this time confront the civil war, not within a nation but within ourselves. From the rousing track, “Tamana”, which discards shame and celebrates female sexuality to the sense of isolation felt in “Hayat”, depicting the sensations of being Indo-Canadian and living, now, in New York City, to the chain-breaking release of “Qaza”, Kiran continues her quest towards an adventurous, borderless music of the heart, showcased throughout by her soaring and unforgettably haunting vocals.

Add to the mix such impromptu celebrations of the groove, as in “Hum Dono” (which came about as bassist Rich Brown instigated a Berber-like styling that clicked), the spirited “Jhoom” (joyfully inspired by wine), or “Lament”, a fresh 21st century take on the late legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s qawalli, and you have an album of propulsive energy that stirs the soul — a true testament to the power of Stillness.

WHEN:    Friday, October 3, 8:00pm

WHERE:  Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

TIX:        $35+  http://performance.rcmusic.ca/venues/koerner-hall

VIDEO:    http://tinyurl.com/ny8qf9o

WEB:       www.kiranmusic.com

► 2011 JUNO Best World Music Album – Aam Zameen: Common Ground

► 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award, Best World Music Recording

► 2009 Songlines/WOMAD Best Newcomer of the Year Award – Wanderlust presented at WOMEX in Copenhagen, Denmark

► 2008 Sikh Cenntennial Foundation Award for Excellence in Music

► 2007 JUNO nomination Best World Music Album – Wanderlust

► 2006 Canadian Indie Awards nomination, World Music Album of the Year  – Wanderlust

► 2005 Touring Artist of the Year, Canadian Arts Presenter Association

► 2005 Gemini nomination – music for documentary, Continuous Journey

► 2005 Genie nomination -music for the documentary, Continuous Journey

► 2004 JUNO Best World Music Album – Beyond Boundaries

► 2002 JUNO nomination Best World Music Album – Kashish-Attraction

 

Earshot Charts #1
CMJ World Music Charts #2
World Music Charts Europe #3
Billboard World Music Chart #15

Enter Sultans of String’s Spectacular Fall Sweepstakes Now!

Sultans of String Fall SweepstakesHas Sultans of String got a fantastic Facebook contest for you!

Enter Sultans of String’s Spectacular Fall Sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes totaling over $3,000!! Prizes include 2 tickets to their Koerner Hall concert in Toronto with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, plus a 2 night stay at the luxurious Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel, over 80 CDs from diverse artists, short run CD duplication from MMS including 100 promo discs, a $100 gift card to Long & McQuade and Sultans of String’s 4-CD box set. There are 7 prize packages in total to be won. Even if you live in or near Toronto, this contest offers you an opportunity to win a fabulous staycation!

Contest ends on November 23, 2013, so enter NOW!

CLICK HERE for details and follow the instructions: http://a.pgtb.me/KBFrH7

Sultans of String SYMPHONY! CD Release with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra at Koerner Hall on Dec. 1st

Sultans of String SYMPHONY! CD Release at Koerner Hall on Dec. 1, 2013Hello friends, my clients Sultans of String are thrilled to announce that advance tix are now on sale for their biggest show yet, their SYMPHONY! CD release with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.

This will take place Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. If you have not had the opportunity to see a concert at Koerner come experience this gorgeous space with this exciting show.

Koerner Hall has just announced their upcoming season and have given Sultans of String the opportunity to reach out to their fans early so you can all get great seats, starting at $25.

For those of who who have sponsored and pre-ordered albums, they are mailing them on Sept 1.  Thanks for your support!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO:  Sultans of String with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra “Symphony” CD Release Concert

WHEN:  Sunday, December 1, 2013, 7pm

WHERE:  Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

INFO/TIX:  http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/sultans-string-cathedral-bluffs-symphony-orchestra ~ Tickets start at $25

BAND WEB:  http://www.sultansofstring.com
https://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring
https://twitter.com/sultansofstring

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Sumptuous. Sizzling. Symphony!

On Sun. Dec 1, JUNO Award Nominees and 2x CFMA winners, Sultans of String, launch their dazzling orchestral CD, simply and perfectly titled, “Symphony!”, at Koerner Hall!

Kicking things off as a dynamic duo playing tiny cafes in 2007, this fiercely talented and hardworking indie act has been on a meteoric rise, with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, and now, invitations to play the world stage and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains (whose very own Paddy Moloney appears on the new “Symphony” disc!).

Known for dizzying world music jams, polyrhythms and revved up riffs, Sultans of String can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, the streets of Havana, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the majestic Arctic.

Sultans of String’s symphony Pops show was developed under the direction of luminary John Morris Russell, (Conductor-Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), and was scored by illustrious arranger/composer Rebecca Pellett (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, IMAX & Hollywood film productions, Barenaked Ladies).  They recently performed a triumphant 8 show run with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall for their Education Series, and have release concerts with SOs already scheduled into 2015.

Since their formation only 6 years ago, Sultans of String have hit #1 on world/international music charts in North America, to their quadruple 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, winning World Music Group of the Year. They also took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition out of 15,000 entries! The band has been recorded live for broadcast on BBC Television, SiriusXM in Washington DC, and CBC’s Canada Live.

With Symphony!, Sultans of String have brought the glorious and majestic sound of a full orchestra to their world music compositions, to create the ultimate crossover concert and recording. Due to the cost, orchestral CDs are rarely recorded on Canadian soil, but in such faraway places as Russia or Prague. “But our Canadian musicians are the best on the planet,” McKhool says, “so we put together an all-star orchestra comprised of our favourite players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Ballet Orchestra, all with no label support. We are super proud of what we achieved!”

Thanks to — Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, RCM, Small World Music, Long & McQuade

Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Producer Javier Limón Collaborates with Canadian Singer Amanda Martinez

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2012 

Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Producer Javier Limón Collaborates with Canadian Singer Amanda Martinez

The Royal Conservatory is proud to announce an exciting addition to the December 1 concert by Canadian-Latin singer-songwriter Amanda Martinez: Martinez will collaborate with multiple Grammy Award-winning Spanish producer Javier Limón on her concert, which will mark Limón’s Canadian debut, as well as on her next album, scheduled for release in spring 2013.

“It is a dream come true to be working with Javier. I have a lot of admiration for his work,” says Martinez.

Producer, musician, and composer, the young Javier Limón is a seven-time Latin Grammy Award winner, Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music’s Mediterranean Music Institute in Valencia, and 2012 artist-in-residence at Berklee in Boston. He graduated from the Madrid Royal Conservatory, where he studied piano and guitar. He is an active composer and producer who began composing for flamenco artists but has since expanded his reach to Latin jazz musicians and Cuban artists. Recording from Bogota to Paris and New York to Palestine, Limón incorporates a decidedly international vibe in his take on the traditions of Flamenco. His many composition and production credits include major albums by renowned artists such as Paco de Lucía, Bebo Valdes, Diego El Cigala, Enrique Morente, Wynton Marsalis, Anoushka Shankar, Yasmin Levy, and the acclaimed Spanish singer Buika (who will be performing in Koerner Hall on January 25).

Canadian-Mexican singer Amanda Martinez’s music converges at the intersection of vibrant Afro-Cuban beats, sensual flamenco rhythms, and colourful Mexican folk music. Following performances at the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Festival in Mexico and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in her mother’s homeland of South Africa, as well as the Montreal Jazz Festival and New York’s iconic Blue Note club, Martinez is steadily garnering international acclaim. Her albums Amor and Sola have garnered numerous accolades including rising to No. 1 on the iTunes World Music charts. She captured the Emerging Artist Award from FACTOR in 2012 and was featured on Putumayo’s album Bossa Nova Around the World, and was also featured on Juno Award-winning guitarist Jesse Cook’s album Frontiers and invited to tour as his special guest from New York City to Dubai.

Amanda Martinez with special guest Javier Limón is supported by World MasterCard®, CBC, and NOW.

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Amanda Martinez with special guest Javier Limón

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8pm in Koerner Hall

Tickets start at $30 and include GST and service charges
Tickets are available online at rcmusic.ca, by calling 416.408.0208, or in person at the Weston Family Box Office

The concert takes place at The Royal Conservatory
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Media Contact:
Barbora Kršek, Concert Publicity Manager and Publications Editor; 416.408.2824 ext.265; barbora.krsek@rcmusic.ca

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