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Sultans of String

3x JUNO nominees/Billboard charting Sultans of String are an "energetic and exciting band with talent to burn" (Maverick, UK

Touring non-stop across Canada, the United States and UK, these revved up string slingers serve up a musical passport of Celtic reels, Gypsy-jazz, South Asian, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms. Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts (earshot), #6 on Billboard (world music), top 10 on CMJ (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 perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and Richard Bona.

Folk Radio UK recently described their music as "an enthralling, adventurous celebration of the power music has to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries, and Sultans of String wield that power with grace, eloquence and spirit." Indeed their music is more than a global sonic tapestry. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time. While the album treks across all kinds of musical terrain, the fertile soil beneath each track is fed by hope unhindered and freedom found.

The band is led by 5-string violinist Chris 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, jaw-dropping Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon, and sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid.

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 and performers".

Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America and the UK for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as JUNOfest, NYC's legendary Lincoln Center and Birdland, Boston's Scullers and London's Trafalgar Square. 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! in a feature concert, and have performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

"Your set was sensational. Loved it."
Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

"Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!"
Bob Ezrin (Producer--Pink Floyd. Peter Gabriel)

"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

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