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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 and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 2 JUNO nominations, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 CFMAs, and received invitations to perform and record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, David Bromberg, and Livingston Taylor.

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 are bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), guitarist Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels) and percussionist Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba, Ron Sexsmith).

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”.


Showcase Artist: Pacific Contact 2017

Home Base: Ontario

Touring Schedule: Click here

 
   

Sultans of String
Chris McKhool
76 Lyall Avenue
Toronto, ON
M4E 1W3
416-567-7110
chris@fiddlefire.com
www.sultansofstring.com

 
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