Canada’s 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, Gypsy-jazz, Flamenco, Arabic and Cuban rhythms, they 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 electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.
Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String have been on an impressive trajectory, hitting #1 on Canada’s radio charts and #15 on Billboard (world music); garnering multiple awards and accolades, including 3 JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominations, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards; and being invited to perform and record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, David Bromberg and Livingston Taylor.
The band is led by five-string violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo), who was raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian household 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 for this show is bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk).