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