2017 nominees Sultans of String are “energetic and exciting, with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky rhythms lay down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.
Celebrating a milestone 10 years together, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including a SiriusXM Award, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 JUNO nominations, 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, and David Bromberg.
Bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo), a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipient, was raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian (Makhoul) household just bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, he was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons. When he first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar.
Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as JUNOfest, NYC’s legendary Birdland, Boston’s Scullers, 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 filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts, and performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.
“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… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.“ – Midwest Record, Chicago
Your set was sensational. Loved it.” – Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)
“Transports listeners from one side of the globe to the other within one track. Truly the definition of music without borders. Whatever Sultans of String brings us next, we can be sure that it will test limits even more, and create even more musical magic. – Rating: Bad-Ass” – That Music Mag
“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show!” – Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY