From a media release about a FREE concert - and they're playing all over the place this year and into the next, so if you like what you see in the video, keep an eye out for them locally.
Sultans of String
Free Gig at Hart House, Toronto
January 28, 2011
Toronto ON] Raucous roots, genre bending string supergroup and 2010 JUNO Nominees, Sultans of String, are taking their spicy stew of Global Roots, Spanish Flamenco, and French Manouche Gypsy Jazz to U of T's Hart House (Jazz @ Oscar's Series) on Friday, January 28!
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 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.
In the past year alone, they've acquired a JUNO nomination, U.S. representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Jesse Cook, Nikki Yanofsky, Bela Fleck), and booking representation in Australia. They also garnered a 2010 CMW Indies nomination and took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries)... exciting times for the band!
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.
“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook and Pavlo), guitar czar Kevin Laliberté (The Chieftains), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon!
“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.” 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.
Sultans of String
Friday, January 28, 9:00pm
U of T, Arbour Room, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto