Sultans of String

Sunday
11
Jun

Globe-Trotting, Award-Winning Sound

Celtic Reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-Jazz, Arabic, and Cuban Rhythms

 

Why you should see this show….

Sultans of String are set to raise the rafters (and funds!) with their 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour & Fundraiser. They’ll also have a new, special edition vinyl album in tow, celebrating this milestone decade, aptly titled “10.” The 3-time JUNO award-winners (going on 4) have regularly topped the charts over the course of their last 5 albums, the latest of which came out just last year. Listening to this instrumental folk-quintet is like travelling the world without a plane ticket—in one set you’ll hear Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms, and more. Their blend of sound is the perfect mixture of cultures and traditional melodies and electronic wizardry which adds great depth to their performance.

Proceeds from this great event go towards humanitarian assistance provided by the Syrian American Assyrian Church for internally displaced children of war-torn Syria.
 

Sultans of String Bio
3x JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and SiriusXM winners 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, Sultans of String celebrate musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since forming a milestone 10 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts, $15 on Billboard (world), and received multiple awards and accolades, including 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for bandleader Chris McKhool, plus invitations to record/perform with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Richard Bona, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Ruben Blades.

The band is led by 5-string violinist McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo) who was raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian household just bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, Chris was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons. At the core of the band’s sound is his bold and 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 is bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk).

The band’s US manager and acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris) states, “Over the decades, I’ve worked with numerous top ten and #1 Billboard artists. 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 & performers”.

Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as the 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, Stratford, Ontario and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine and Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony. 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.

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)

Absolutely brilliant

BBC Radio

 
ATTENTION: Purchasing a ticket will admit you to the Supper Club. If you have a party of 4 or more, we strongly recommend you separately make a table reservation so that your party can sit together. To reserve seating for 4 or more, please have one member of your party call (216) 242-1250 or visit opentable.com.