SULTANS OF STRING earn nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 21, 2016

Canada’s genre bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING earn nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT

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[Toronto, ON]  Canada’s genre bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING earn a nod for World Group of the Year at the 12th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards press event in Toronto today for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, Subcontinental Drift, featuring special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi).

“We are honoured to receive this nomination from the CFMAs for our new album! We could not have made this recording without the support of the whole Canadian roots community, and our special collaboration with Anwar”, states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “there is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

“Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we experience living here in Canada, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

The nomination comes on the heels of a whirlwind summer UK Subcontinental Drift tour including a special Canada Day appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. The album hit #1 in Canada on Earshot’s international/world charts, and the top 10 on CMJ in the U.S. It also got picked up there (CEN/SONY) and in Europe (Proper) for distribution.

Sultans of String, Bruce Cockburn, The Ennis Sisters, Colin Linden, Klô Pelgag, and Red Moon Road will be the feature performers at the Awards Gala on December 3rd at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre.

The band has a non-stop Fall/Winter CD Release tour in Canada and the United States, and will make their debut in The Netherlands this summer.

STREAM:
https://soundcloud.com/sultansofstring/sets/subcontinental-drift

VIDEOS:
“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)
https://youtu.be/1oBkM_zpd-M

“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ

“Blowin’ In The Wind”
(Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
https://youtu.be/2CfQOrdOB3U

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“Sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group.” ~ Mariposa Folk Festival

“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show—one of my favorite bands on the planet!” ~ Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY

“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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Sultans of String Special DUO Concert & Video Taping at Hugh’s Room on June 28th

Chris McKhool & Kevin Laliberte of Sultans of String

Hi all!  After ten years of Chris McKhool playing with his good buddy Kevin Laliberté in various band configurations, they are finally doing what they have dreamed of for years, a DUO concert at their favourite club in Toronto!

This concert will be videotaped to make YouTube videos of Sultans of String’s duo show.

The band thought this would also be a great opportunity to support an arts charity that is very close to their hearts, ArtsCan Circle, and a portion of the proceeds from this concert are going to ArtsCan Circle (pls see full ArtsCan Circle info/mission statement below).

You will be a BIG part of the fun… Come and bring your friends and enthusiasm!

Check out the Press Release below, and look forward to seeing you there!

SULTANS OF STRING
Special DUO concert and YouTube Video Taping

June 28, 2015, 8:30 PM 

Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON  M6R 1X6

$10 advance / $12 door

For dinner reservations or tickets please call the club during regular business hours @ 416-531-6604 or email info@hughsroom.com or online HERE.

The Songwriting, The Sounds, The Magic

Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar), the songwriters behind 2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Music Award winning band, SULTANS OF STRING, take you on a musical journey around the world!

McKhool met Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring around the world with Jesse Cook. When McKhool (who has performed with Jesse Cook, Pavlo, Club Django) first heard guitarist Laliberté’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 just two people.

Larger than the sum of its parts, this dynamic duo take you on a journey to hear the horses of Sable Island, underwater to hear the calls of Luna the Whale, on the silk road through Spain and the Middle East, through the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, and then back to Canada for a trip to the majestic Arctic.

“Virtuoso playing…. An exuberant and infectious sound… Powerful and moving… The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!” – Mariposa Folk Festival

“Musical royalty… love those Sultans of String!” — CBC “Fresh Air”

“Thrill of improvising makes Sultans a thrill to experience… gripping suspense for both the audience and the musicians… Superb!” – Edmonton Journal

ARTSCAN CIRCLE
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ArtsCan Circle is a charitable organization with a mission to encourage self-ArtsCan Circleesteem in indigenous youth in isolated Canadian communities who may not have access to arts resources and programming through a cooperative exploration of the arts.  We believe arts education can inspire youth to express themselves in positive, life-affirming ways as well as providing a healthy way to express more difficult emotions. The communities we serve are several hours drive from larger city centres and most of the families live at a poverty level so do not have the means to access more arts opportunities for their children outside of their home community. ArtsCan Circle provides hands-on music and art experiences for the children and youth and donates new musical instruments and art supplies that will remain in the community to help ensure children will have ongoing opportunities for artistic and musical expression. If you’re interested to learn more about ArtsCan Circle, please visit www.artscancircle.ca or follow us on Facebook.

Tour schedule:  http://www.sultansofstring.com/tour
http://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring
http://www.twitter.com/sultansofstring

Sultans of String: Booking/Publicity/Management:
Lisa Weitz, LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466

Pre-order Sultans of String’s SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT CD Now!

Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid2015 Juno nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Award winners Sultans of String are proud and excited to be recording their fifth CD with sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, called Subcontinental Drift!

You can PRE-ORDER THE CD and other great stuff now at
http://www.kapipal.com/sultansofstringwithanwarkhurshid ← CLICK HERE!

Sultans of String will mail personally signed CDs to you, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015, before they hit the streets! AND you can come see them in person at Toronto’s newly renovated and gorgeous Trinity-St Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts on October 30, 2015.


More background info:

2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Music Award winners SULTANS OF STRING, “Ambassadors of Canada’s musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (who has guest starred with Pavlo and Jesse Cook), dueling guitar czars Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook) and Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk, Amanda Martinez), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba)!

In this special recording, Sultans of String meet the electricity of sitar master Anwar Khurshid in an innovative collaboration that transcends categorization. Anwar’s sitar playing has been featured in Oscar-winning film Life of Pi and The Love Guru. Originally from Pakistan, Anwar now makes Canada his home, regularly collaborating with musicians from other genres including Blues, Jazz, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian music, and has performed across Europe, USA and Asia.

Music has the ability to bring together people and cultures in a way that emulates what we love to see in the world, creating a collaboration that breaks down the barriers that divide us, and helping us to see our common humanity, and providing a model for peace.

Sultans of String at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro Thurs. Dec. 20th!

JUNO (CANADA’S GRAMMY) NOMINEES 
SULTANS OF STRING CD RELEASE

Raucous roots string wizards shake things up with their revved up CD, MOVE!


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 24, 2012

WHO:  Sultans of String, Can Folk Music Award winners & JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees

WHERE:  Infinity Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd W, Norfolk CT

WHEN:  Thursday, December 20th, 8pm

INFO/TIX: $20/$30  866-666-6306

BAND LINKS: http://www.sultansofstring.com

https://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring

http://twitter.com/sultansofstring

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Fiery world-jazz string super-group, Sultans of String, whose new revved up CD, MOVE, just garnered the group the prestigious CFMA World Group of the Yearreturns to headline Infinity Hall December 20th, after their wildly successful debut opening there for Livingston Taylor!

The band’s 3rd CD can only be thought of as a perfect hat-trick, presenting, once again, an exhilarating celebration of world music styles.

“North America is a real meeting place of musical influences from around the world” says bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool.  “At the same time, as a band we try to tell uniquely North American stories, putting forth our vision of the world as one family.”

From the east coast’s Sable Island with its breathtaking wild horses, to the west coast calls of Luna the Whale, or from the silk road through Spain & the Middle East to the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, Sultans of String take audiences on a spell-binding sonic journey.

Seamlessly traversing diverse themes of heart, place and tradition, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since their formation only 5 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD, “Luna”, and 2nd offering, “Yalla Yalla!”, both hitting # 1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to “Yalla Yalla’s!” triple CFMA nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year in 2009.

In the past 2 years alone, they’ve acquired a JUNO nomination, 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition, placed as finalists for two 2011 International Independent Music Awards and won this year’s Festivals & Events Ontario-Entertainer of The Year Award and the CFMA’s World Group of the Year.

The latest good news is that The Chieftains have invited the Sultans to open for them this coming spring in Connecticut—exciting times for this hardworking indie band!

“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Pavlo), guitar czar Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook, guested on tour with The Chieftains) and bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners – World Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Producer of the Year (Chris McKhool)
•  2012 Festivals & Events-Entertainer of The Year
•  2011 Ontario Contact – Artist of the Year
•  2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist  – Instrumental
•  2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist – World Music
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
•  2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favorite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Ensemble of the Year
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2008 International Songwriting Competition winner – Instrumental
•  2008 Festivals and Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
•  2008 International Independent Music Awards Finalists – Best World Fusion Song
•  2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards Finalists- Favorite World Music Band
•  2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Song
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Instrumental

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Lisa Weitz,
LW Communications
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416-624-3466 (office)
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