2010 JUNO Award nominees and ‘Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity’ Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.
The band is riding a wave of success from their sold out Yalla Yalla! Canadian CD release tour, to their national features on CTV’s CanadaAM and CBC’s Canada Live, and now word of their triple nomination for the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, winning Instrumental Group of the Year. Their debut CD Luna soared to #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts, and the Sultans of String won the award for Best Variety Act from Festivals & Events Ontario as well as the 2008 International Songwriting Competition! The buzz extends into the U.S., with acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jesse Cook) now representing the band.
‘They are players without borders, world music that transcends place and time with a heavy dose of playfulness added in.’
– The Vancouver Province
‘Chris McKhool and the boys were fantastic! They can play my Bar Mitzvah.’
– Bob Ezrin, producer (Pink Floyd, Kiss)
– Jeff Mifsud, 3NRG 99.3FM, Australia
‘GREAT Album! The uplifting energy that comes from these songs has earned it a permanent place in my cd player.’
– Andy Dooley-Miller, KVMR, 89.5 FM, California
‘Virtuoso playing, . An exuberant and infectious sound, Powerful and moving, The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!’
– Mike Hill, Artistic Director, Mariposa Folk Festival
‘The Sultans win the admiration of audiences everywhere they play because they strike the perfect balance between brainy composition and fun execution!
– Sunfest, 2008