3x JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting artists Sultans of String take audiences on a musical journey around the world! Led by violinist Chris McKhool, this thrilling performance presents a sonic tapestry of world music that explores styles, harmonies, and melodies from around the globe. The group combines Arabic folk from Chris’ heritage, Spanish flamenco, East Coast fiddling, Cuban rhythms, and Gypsy-jazz, in a collaboration that breaks down the barriers that divide us and provides a model for peace.
Violinist and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient Chris McKhool met Kevin Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring the globe with Jesse Cook and cross Canada with The Chieftains. When Chris first heard Kevin’s rumba rhythm their musical mind-meld created Sultans of String’s sound – the intimate and playful relationship between the violin and the flamenco guitar. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, creating soundscapes that seem impossible to be coming from string players. Equally at home in a concert hall, jazz club or festival setting, Sultans of String have gigged at the legendary club Birdland in New York, the renowned Celtic Connections Festival in the U.K. and the San Jose Jazz Festival. They have performed with symphonies across Canada and the U.S., and played live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, World Cafe and SiriusXM in Washington. They have been featured in the New York Times, won first place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries), and have earned three Canadian Folk Music Awards out of eight nominations.