Help Sultans of String Record Their New Christmas Caravan CD!

I have been working with Chris McKhool and 3x Juno-nominated Sultans of String for the past six years and I love these guys, but I have a confession to make. I’d love this group of Canadian musicians if I’d never worked with them. I would still be a super fan because they’re superb musicians at the peak of their craft who blend genres of music like a gourmet chef creates new recipes, and with each album they release, they astonish me with their talent more and more.

Sultans of String is in the studio recording their 6th CD… a world music Christmas Caravan and they’re really excited about and proud of this project! This is a Christmas album but approached from the perspective of a world music band. We would love for you to take a look at the EPK video for this album at:

http://kapipal.com/projects/recording-our-christmas-caravan-cd/

Sultans of String explore diverse genres, from Quebecois fiddle tunes to collaborating with a traditional Turkish string ensemble. They jump from the classic sounds of the Andrews Sisters to a Himalayan sleigh ride to African roots music, Gypsy-jazz, rumba flamenco, and ska, to the grandeur of the symphony.  They made a dream list of their favourite vocal artists to join them, all of whom agreed to join in the fun! This is their most exciting album yet, and the vocal guests infuse a tremendous amount of energy into their music. You’ll have to watch the video to find out who they are!

These independent recording artists have no record company support, so they need to raise money to finish production… but they are not asking for handouts. Rather, they are offering fun incentives to encourage your support – and you can truly become part of this journey with them. You can pre-order the album, get advance concert tickets, even the Executive Producer credit is up for grabs, along with the front row of seats at their banner CD release concert at Toronto’s Isabel Theatre on December 2, 2017!

If you love what you hear, we would be grateful if you’d share this link http://kapipal.com/projects/recording-our-christmas-caravan-cd/ with your friends.

Sultans of String wouldn’t be able to continue to make new music without you.

Thanks for listening!

www.sultansofstring.com

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 4, 2015

Sultans of String Autorickshaw

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 Release ‘Symphony!’

Sultans of String Symphony!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO ‘n’ WHAT:  Sultans of String release “Symphony!”

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

QUICK STREAM:  http://www.sultansofstring.com/listen

VIDEO:  http://www.youtube.com/user/sultansofstring

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On September 17, 2013, JUNO Award nominees, 2x CFMA & ISC winners, Sultans of String, release their raucous roots-world symphonic mash-up, simply and perfectly titled, “Symphony!”.

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

Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic mastery meets with a symphony of sound, deepened by world rhythms that inspire whole audiences to get up and dance.

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.  Invitations to play world stages and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg are recent highlights. The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney also appears on “Symphony!”.

“Symphony!” is distributed on SONY/RED through Red River Entertainment.  Bob Frank, chairman of Red River (former President of Koch/EI Entertainment) states, “We welcome the opportunity to work with one of Canada’s most innovative groups and look forward to expanding their music and footprint in the US”.

Sultans of String are also represented in the US by acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Koch Records, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck).  “I have worked with numerous top ten chart songs and #1 Pop Billboard and Country music hits”, Wilkes says.  “In all that time, I have not worked with composers more talented than Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté from Sultans of String. Not only are they a superb writing team, they are also amazing arrangers & musicians. “Symphony!” is a gigantic leap forward.”

The band is led by 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo) who grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian (Makhoul) house bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, Chris was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

When McKhool first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s 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 has grown, featuring such amazing musical friends as 2nd guitarist Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk, Amanda Martinez), and Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Parachute Club, Alex Cuba), as well as special guests such as Palestinian oud master Bassam Bishara, folk-pop darlings Dala, The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, ukulele giant James Hill, and others.

Classically-schooled McKhool thought “why stop there?” With “Symphony!”, Sultans of String have brought the glorious and majestic sound of a full orchestra to their feisty roots-world compositions, to create the ultimate crossover concert and recording.

Due to astronomical costs, 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 asserts, “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.”

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Sept 21 – Lake House Music, East Lansing MI

Sept 22 – Nighttown, Cleveland OH

Oct 5 – Performing with Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Peterborough ON

Oct 11 – Festival Place, Edmonton, AB

Oct 12 – Nickelodeon Music Club, Calgary, AB

Oct 19 – Bancroft Village Playhouse, Bancroft ON

Nov 1 – Registry Theatre, Kitchener, ON

Nov 3 – Mapleview House Concerts, Markdale ON

Nov 7 – Abilene Lounge, Rochester, NY

Nov 10 – The Black Sheep, Wakefield QC

Nov 15 – Nelson Odeon, Nelson, NY

Nov 16 – Oswego Music Hall, Oswego, NY

Nov 17 – Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo NY

Dec 1 – Koerner Hall – Symphony CD Release, Toronto ON

Dec 4 – Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston MA

Dec 5 – Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

Dec 6 – Joe’s Pub, New York NY

Dec 7 – Building 24 Live, Reading PA

Dec 8 – Bridge Street Live, Collinsville CT

2014
Jan 11 – Matapa Music, Hamilton ON

Jan 18 – Mary Webb Centre, Highgate, ON

Jan 19 – Private Concert, Mississauga, ON

Jan 29 – Capitol Theatre, Nelson BC

Jan 30 – Creston Concert Society, Creston, BC

Feb 1 – Performing with Symphony of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC

Feb 2 – Performing with Symphony of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC

Feb 4 – Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC

Feb 5 – Roundhouse Theatre, McBride, BC

Feb 7-8 – Performing with Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops, BC

Feb 22 – Performing with Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Sudbury ON

Mar 22 – Performing with Northumberland Symphony Orchestra, Cobourg ON

Apr 2 – House About Tonight, Spotsylvania VA

Apr 3 – Strand Theater, Waynesville NC

Apr 4 – Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro NC

Apr 5 – The White Horse, Black Mountain NC

Apr 6 – BK House Concerts, Asheville NC

Apr 11 – Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series, East Lansing, MI

Apr 26 – Performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra, ON, Family Show

Apr 27 – Performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra POPS concert

May 4 – great music series to be announced shortly

May 11 – Minnesota Orchestra, Young People’s Concert

May 16-18 – Trails Tales Tunes Festival, Norris Point Gros Morne National
Park, NL

May 31 – Heartland Concerts at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road,
Greece, NY

Jun 13 – Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora ON

Jul 18/19 – Stewart Park Festival, Perth ON

Aug 1-3 – Blue Skies Folk Festival, Clarendon ON

Oct 2/3 – with a Symphony in Chicago, details tba


WHAT FOLKS SAY ABOUT THE SULTANS…

“Kings of the strings!” — METRO Toronto

“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.” — Celtic Connections Festival, UK

“Love those Sultans of String!” — CBC Radio, “Fresh Air”

“Simply brilliant!” — 3NRG 99.3FM, Australia

“Strunz and Farah meets a Cuban rhythm and horn section?  First Canada impresses us with the depth of their cabaret scene now they blow us away with the depth of their world beat scene.  Simply a killer set worthy of all the award recognition it’s been grabbing for the recording and the band.  Everything you could want not put out on the Nonesuch Explorer Series. A real culture clash that harbors no border wars, contemporary world beat and contemporary instrumental fans can only go wrong if they ignore this set.  Killer stuff throughout.” — Midwest Record

“Sultans of String seem 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… this is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country.” — Maverick Magazine

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

•  2013 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist – Instrumental
•  2013 SiriusXM Canadian Indie Awards nominees – World Group of the Year
•  2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (Chris McKhool)
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music 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 OCFF Songs of the Heart Winner
•  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
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist  – Instrumental
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist – World Music
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
•  2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favorite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Ensemble of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
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Sultans of String gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council,
Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, RCM, NOW Magazine,
Classical 96.3, Small World Music, Long & McQuade

Sultans of String CD Release Tour Schedule 2012

SULTANS OF STRING

  [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 fest from a band with talent to burn.  This is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country.
Maverick Magazine

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

“A hard core of five is leading this spectacular Canadian band to award after award.”
The Scotsman

“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. Centred on the founding interplay between Chris McKhool – a six-string violinist of Lebanese/Egyptian descent – and Kevin Laliberté’s rumba-accented guitar, they weave a gorgeously-hued tapestry of Spanish, Arabic, Latin, French and gypsy strands.”
Celtic Connections Festival
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2011

WHO: Sultans of String CD Release
WHERE:
Living Room, 154 Ludlow St., New York City
WHEN: Fri. Jan. 13, 7:00pm
TIX/INFO:  $10 / www.livingroomny.com
MEDIA ENQUIRIES:  Lisa Weitz, LW Communications lw@lwcommunications.ca  416-624-3466416-846-6877 (c)


[New York, NY]  On Fri. Jan. 13, 7pm, raucous world-roots string wizards and JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees, Sultans of String, are releasing MOVE, a spicy stew of Gypsy jazz, Spanish flamenco, Global roots, and Cuban rhythms at the legendary Living Room.

“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Pavlo), dueling guitar czars Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook, guested on tour with The Chieftains) & Eddie Paton, bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Parachute Club)!

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 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.

In the past year alone, they’ve acquired a JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nomination, representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jerry Jeff Walker), and booking representation in the US, UK and Australia.  They also took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries) and placed as finalists for two 2011 International Independent Music Awards.

The band’s new and 3rd CD, MOVE can only be thought of as a perfect hat-trick, presenting – once again – an exhilarating celebration of world music styles.

“North America is a real meeting places of musical influences from around the world” says bandleader/violinst McKhool.  “At the same time, as a band we try to tell uniquely North American 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.

CD RELEASE TOUR SCHEDULE

Jan 5 – WDIY Radio Lehigh Valley Public Radio, Bethlehem, PA
Jan 5 – WDVR, Sergeantsville NJ
Jan 6 – WTBQ Warwick, NY
Jan 6 – Gene Shay Presents Sultans of String at Psalm Salon, Philadelphia, PA
Jan 7 – WJFF Jeffersonville, NY
Jan 7 – Food Pantry-United Way Ellenville, NY
Jan 7 – APAP – Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, New York, NY
Jan 8 – APAP – Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, New York, NY
Jan 9 – WFUV, New York City, NY
Jan 9 – WVIA Theater – Homegrown Music Live Concert Series, Pittston, PA
Jan 11 – WBCR, Great Barrington, MA
Jan 13 – The Living Room, New York, NY
Jan 14 – WAMC, Albany, NY
Jan 14 – Folk Alley, Saranac Lake, NY
Jan 25 – South Holland Centre Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Jan 27-29 – Celtic Connections Festival Glasgow, Scotland
Feb 4 – Welland-Port Colborne Concert Association, Welland, ON
Feb 5 – Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver, BC
Feb 6 – Creekside Theatre, Lake Country, BC
Feb 7 – Charles Bailey Theatre, Trail, BC
Feb 9 – Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary, AB
Feb 10 – Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB
Feb 11 – Lethbridge Folk Club @ The Wolf’s Den, Lethbridge, AB
Feb 12 – The Bassment, Saskatoon, SK
Feb 15 – E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, Prince Albert, SK
Feb 16 – McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, MB
Feb 17 – Watson Art Centre, Dauphin, MB
Feb 18 – William Glesby Centre, Portage La Prairie, MB
Feb 25 – Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton, ON
Mar 3 – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville, ON
Mar 22 – WCVF, Fredonia, NY
Mar 22 – Nighttown, Cleveland, OH
Mar 23 – Chaplin’s the Music Café, Spring City, PA
Mar 25 – Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
Apr 25 – Brantford International Jazz Festival Concert Series, Brantford, ON
May 5 – Full evening with Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor, ON
May 6 – Full concert with Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor, ON
May 12 – Spirit of Rasputin’s Art Society, Westboro Masonic Hall, Ottawa, ON
Jun 9 – Heartland @ Harmony House, Webster, NY
Jul 29 – “Music at Fieldcote” – Fieldcote Park and Museum, Ancaster, ON
UK – Sept/Oct, 2012 (pres. by Brookfield Knights Agency)
Feb 3, 2013 – Folkstage, Chicago, IL

Sultans of String MOVE CD Release!


“A hard core of five is leading this spectacular Canadian band to award after award.”  The Scotsman

“[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 fest from a band with talent to burn.  This is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country.”  Maverick Magazine, UK

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

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

“The affection for this group was palpable as the band alternated between sincere tributes to whales, Sable Island horses and Mayan ruins, meditative rumba flamenco and smokin’ East Coast kitchen parties… fiery solos … precise and melodic phrases.”  WholeNote Magazine


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO:                   Sultans of String MOVE CD Release!
                        Featuring special guests Ken Whiteley, Ernie Tollar, Jordan
Klapman, Pabloski Rosales, the Cuban Trumpet Ensemble,
and more!
WHEN:                 Saturday, October 29, 8pm (doors: 7pm)
WHERE:               Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St., West, Toronto
TIX/INFO:         Small World Music $15 adv/$20 door / free for high school students w/valid ID – www.smallworldmusic.com

MEDIA                  Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications
ENQUIRIES:       lw@lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466 (office)  416-846-6877 (cell)


Raucous roots super-group, Sultans of String, showcase their spicy new CD, MOVE, at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre on Saturday, October 29th!

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 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.

In the past year alone, they’ve acquired a JUNO nomination, representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jesse Cook), and booking representation in the US, UK and Australia.  They also garnered a 2010 CMW Indies nomination, took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries) and placed as finalists for two 2011 International Independent Music Awards. To boot, they just released their new CD, MOVE, which they’ll be showcasing on the tour… exciting times for the band!

“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Pavlo), guitar czar Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook, guested on tour with The Chieftains), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba, Parachute Club)!

“Canada is a real meeting places of styles and musical influences from around the world” says bandleader/ fiddler 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.”

Thanks to Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR for their support in recording the CD, as well as OAC for composition support.  Also thanks to supporters Long & McQuade, MMS, Imperial Graphics, and Prologue to the Performing Arts


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

• 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album – Yalla Yalla!
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album – Yalla Yalla!
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist-  “Auyuittuq Sunrise” (Instrumental)
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist-  “Gardens Of Lebanon” (World Music)
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
• 2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
• 2010 Performer at JUNOFest
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favorite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Ensemble of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2009 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Toronto World CD
•  2009 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Artist of the Year
•  2009 CTV National Feature – “Canada AM”
•  2008 CBC National Feature – “Canada Live”
•  2008 International Songwriting Competition winner – Instrumental
•  2008 Festivals and Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
•  2008 International Independent Music Awards Finalists – Best World Fusion Song
•  2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards Finalists- Favorite World Music Band
•  2007 Musique du Monde Award
•  2007 Debut CD, “Luna” hit #1 on national radio charts – “International”/”World”
•  2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees (Instrumental Group of the Year)
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Song
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Instrumental
•  2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Latin Jazz Group
•  2007 Toronto Independent Music Award nominees – World Music Category

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BOOKING:  Lisa Weitz
PUBLICITY:  LW Communications
MANAGEMENT:  lw@lwcommunications.ca
www.lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466 (office)
416-846-6877 (cell)

BOOKING  U.K. (2012):  Loudon Temple, Brookfield Knights Agency,
www.brookfield-knights.com

BOOKING U.S.A.:  Brad Simon Agency, New York, www.bsoinc.com
212-730-2132
brad@bsoinc.com

BOOKING AUSTRALIA (2013): Abby Edwards, Onya Soapbox
61-03 9349 5726 (office)
61-0417 808 107 (cell)
abby@onyasoapbox.com

RECENT & UPCOMING TOUR SCHEDULE:

10/29/11 Toronto CD Release, Trinity St Paul’s, ON
11/2/11 House of Jazz, Montreal, QC
11/3/11 Scullers Jazz Club, Boston MA
11/4/11 Nelson Odeon, Cazenovia, NY
11/5/11 Oswego Music Hall, NY
11/6/11 Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
11/7/11 SiruisXM live taping, Washington DC
11/8/11 The Living Room, New York, NYC
11/9/11 Turning Point Cafe, Peirmont, NY,
11/10/11 6-7 PM Birdland Jazz Club, NYC
11/11/11 Tillotson Centre, Colebrook, NH,
11/12/11 Unity Centre, Unity, ME
11/13/11 Skye Theatre, Carthage, ME
11/14/11 Franco-American Centre, Manchester NH
11/19/11 Shaw Festival, Niagara on the Lake, ON
12/17/11 With Scarborough Bluffs Symphony, ON

1/6/12 The Psalm Salon, Philad. PA
1/7/12 APAP Showcase NYC
1/25/12 South Holland Centre, Lincolnshire, UK
1/27/12 Celtic Connections Festival, Scotland, UK
2/4/12 Welland-Port Colborne, ON,
2/5/12 The Cellar, Vancouver, BC
2/6/12 Creekside Theatre, Lake Country, BC
2/7/12 Charles Bailey Theatre, Trail, BC
2/9/12 Ironwood, Calgary, AB
2/10/12 Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB
2/11/12 LethbridgeFolkClub, AB
2/12/12 Bassment Jazz Society, Saskatoon, SK
2/15/12 EA Rawlinson, Prince Albert SK,
2/16/11 McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, MB
2/17/12 Watson Arts Centre, Dauphin, MB
2/18/12 William Glesby Centre, Portage, MB
2/25/12 Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton, ON
4/25/12 Brantford Jazz Festival, ON
5/3/12 Oakville Centre, ON
5/5-6/12 Performing w Windsor Symphony, ON
5/12/12 Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa, ON