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

Sultans of String Release ‘Symphony!’

Sultans of String Symphony!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO ‘n’ WHAT:  Sultans of String release “Symphony!”

BAND WEB:  http://www.sultansofstring.com;                     https://www.facebook.com/sultansofstringhttps://twitter.com/sultansofstring

QUICK STREAM:  http://www.sultansofstring.com/listen

VIDEO:  http://www.youtube.com/user/sultansofstring

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On September 17, 2013, JUNO Award nominees, 2x CFMA & ISC winners, Sultans of String, release their raucous roots-world symphonic mash-up, simply and perfectly titled, “Symphony!”.

Known for dizzying roots music jams, poly-rhythms and revved up riffs, the Sultans of String sound can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the majestic Arctic and bustling markets of Lebanon.

Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic mastery meets with a symphony of sound, deepened by world rhythms that inspire whole audiences to get up and dance.

Kicking things off as a dynamic duo playing tiny cafes in 2007, this fiercely talented and hardworking indie act has been on a meteoric rise, with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow.  Invitations to play world stages and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg are recent highlights. The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney also appears on “Symphony!”.

“Symphony!” is distributed on SONY/RED through Red River Entertainment.  Bob Frank, chairman of Red River (former President of Koch/EI Entertainment) states, “We welcome the opportunity to work with one of Canada’s most innovative groups and look forward to expanding their music and footprint in the US”.

Sultans of String are also represented in the US by acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Koch Records, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck).  “I have worked with numerous top ten chart songs and #1 Pop Billboard and Country music hits”, Wilkes says.  “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 & musicians. “Symphony!” is a gigantic leap forward.”

The band is led by 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo) who grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian (Makhoul) house bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, Chris was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

When McKhool first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the dynamic duo has grown, featuring such amazing musical friends as 2nd guitarist Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk, Amanda Martinez), and Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Parachute Club, Alex Cuba), as well as special guests such as Palestinian oud master Bassam Bishara, folk-pop darlings Dala, The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, ukulele giant James Hill, and others.

Classically-schooled McKhool thought “why stop there?” With “Symphony!”, Sultans of String have brought the glorious and majestic sound of a full orchestra to their feisty roots-world compositions, to create the ultimate crossover concert and recording.

Due to astronomical costs, orchestral CDs are rarely recorded on Canadian soil, but in such faraway places as Russia or Prague. “But our Canadian musicians are the best on the planet” McKhool asserts, “so we put together an all-star orchestra comprised of our favourite players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Ballet Orchestra, all with no label support. We are super proud of what we achieved.”

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Sept 21 – Lake House Music, East Lansing MI

Sept 22 – Nighttown, Cleveland OH

Oct 5 – Performing with Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Peterborough ON

Oct 11 – Festival Place, Edmonton, AB

Oct 12 – Nickelodeon Music Club, Calgary, AB

Oct 19 – Bancroft Village Playhouse, Bancroft ON

Nov 1 – Registry Theatre, Kitchener, ON

Nov 3 – Mapleview House Concerts, Markdale ON

Nov 7 – Abilene Lounge, Rochester, NY

Nov 10 – The Black Sheep, Wakefield QC

Nov 15 – Nelson Odeon, Nelson, NY

Nov 16 – Oswego Music Hall, Oswego, NY

Nov 17 – Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo NY

Dec 1 – Koerner Hall – Symphony CD Release, Toronto ON

Dec 4 – Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston MA

Dec 5 – Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD

Dec 6 – Joe’s Pub, New York NY

Dec 7 – Building 24 Live, Reading PA

Dec 8 – Bridge Street Live, Collinsville CT

2014
Jan 11 – Matapa Music, Hamilton ON

Jan 18 – Mary Webb Centre, Highgate, ON

Jan 19 – Private Concert, Mississauga, ON

Jan 29 – Capitol Theatre, Nelson BC

Jan 30 – Creston Concert Society, Creston, BC

Feb 1 – Performing with Symphony of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC

Feb 2 – Performing with Symphony of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC

Feb 4 – Creekside Theatre, Lake Country BC

Feb 5 – Roundhouse Theatre, McBride, BC

Feb 7-8 – Performing with Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops, BC

Feb 22 – Performing with Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Sudbury ON

Mar 22 – Performing with Northumberland Symphony Orchestra, Cobourg ON

Apr 2 – House About Tonight, Spotsylvania VA

Apr 3 – Strand Theater, Waynesville NC

Apr 4 – Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro NC

Apr 5 – The White Horse, Black Mountain NC

Apr 6 – BK House Concerts, Asheville NC

Apr 11 – Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series, East Lansing, MI

Apr 26 – Performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra, ON, Family Show

Apr 27 – Performing with Niagara Symphony Orchestra POPS concert

May 4 – great music series to be announced shortly

May 11 – Minnesota Orchestra, Young People’s Concert

May 16-18 – Trails Tales Tunes Festival, Norris Point Gros Morne National
Park, NL

May 31 – Heartland Concerts at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road,
Greece, NY

Jun 13 – Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora ON

Jul 18/19 – Stewart Park Festival, Perth ON

Aug 1-3 – Blue Skies Folk Festival, Clarendon ON

Oct 2/3 – with a Symphony in Chicago, details tba


WHAT FOLKS SAY ABOUT THE SULTANS…

“Kings of the strings!” — METRO Toronto

“Sultans of String are one of Canada’s hottest new musical exports, dynamically embodying their homeland’s values of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures. … they weave a gorgeously-hued tapestry of Folk, Spanish, Arabic, Latin, French and gypsy strands.” — Celtic Connections Festival, UK

“Love those Sultans of String!” — CBC Radio, “Fresh Air”

“Simply brilliant!” — 3NRG 99.3FM, Australia

“Strunz and Farah meets a Cuban rhythm and horn section?  First Canada impresses us with the depth of their cabaret scene now they blow us away with the depth of their world beat scene.  Simply a killer set worthy of all the award recognition it’s been grabbing for the recording and the band.  Everything you could want not put out on the Nonesuch Explorer Series. A real culture clash that harbors no border wars, contemporary world beat and contemporary instrumental fans can only go wrong if they ignore this set.  Killer stuff throughout.” — Midwest Record

“Sultans of String seem to be hoovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed — a joyful melting pot of jazz, flamenco, folk, and indeed anything else that takes their fancy… this is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country.” — Maverick Magazine

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

•  2013 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist – Instrumental
•  2013 SiriusXM Canadian Indie Awards nominees – World Group of the Year
•  2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (Chris McKhool)
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music 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 OCFF Songs of the Heart Winner
•  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
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Sultans of String gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council,
Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, RCM, NOW Magazine,
Classical 96.3, Small World Music, Long & McQuade

Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Producer Javier Limón Collaborates with Canadian Singer Amanda Martinez

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2012 

Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Producer Javier Limón Collaborates with Canadian Singer Amanda Martinez

The Royal Conservatory is proud to announce an exciting addition to the December 1 concert by Canadian-Latin singer-songwriter Amanda Martinez: Martinez will collaborate with multiple Grammy Award-winning Spanish producer Javier Limón on her concert, which will mark Limón’s Canadian debut, as well as on her next album, scheduled for release in spring 2013.

“It is a dream come true to be working with Javier. I have a lot of admiration for his work,” says Martinez.

Producer, musician, and composer, the young Javier Limón is a seven-time Latin Grammy Award winner, Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music’s Mediterranean Music Institute in Valencia, and 2012 artist-in-residence at Berklee in Boston. He graduated from the Madrid Royal Conservatory, where he studied piano and guitar. He is an active composer and producer who began composing for flamenco artists but has since expanded his reach to Latin jazz musicians and Cuban artists. Recording from Bogota to Paris and New York to Palestine, Limón incorporates a decidedly international vibe in his take on the traditions of Flamenco. His many composition and production credits include major albums by renowned artists such as Paco de Lucía, Bebo Valdes, Diego El Cigala, Enrique Morente, Wynton Marsalis, Anoushka Shankar, Yasmin Levy, and the acclaimed Spanish singer Buika (who will be performing in Koerner Hall on January 25).

Canadian-Mexican singer Amanda Martinez’s music converges at the intersection of vibrant Afro-Cuban beats, sensual flamenco rhythms, and colourful Mexican folk music. Following performances at the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Festival in Mexico and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in her mother’s homeland of South Africa, as well as the Montreal Jazz Festival and New York’s iconic Blue Note club, Martinez is steadily garnering international acclaim. Her albums Amor and Sola have garnered numerous accolades including rising to No. 1 on the iTunes World Music charts. She captured the Emerging Artist Award from FACTOR in 2012 and was featured on Putumayo’s album Bossa Nova Around the World, and was also featured on Juno Award-winning guitarist Jesse Cook’s album Frontiers and invited to tour as his special guest from New York City to Dubai.

Amanda Martinez with special guest Javier Limón is supported by World MasterCard®, CBC, and NOW.

Amanda Martinez is pleased to support the life-saving work of www.soschildrensvillages.ca with abandoned and orphaned children around the world.

Amanda Martinez with special guest Javier Limón

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8pm in Koerner Hall

Tickets start at $30 and include GST and service charges
Tickets are available online at rcmusic.ca, by calling 416.408.0208, or in person at the Weston Family Box Office

The concert takes place at The Royal Conservatory
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Media Contact:
Barbora Kršek, Concert Publicity Manager and Publications Editor; 416.408.2824 ext.265; barbora.krsek@rcmusic.ca

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Juno Nominated Sultans of String Release Their 3rd CD – MOVE – Today!

How lucky am I to be working with 2010 Juno Award nominees, Sultans of String and their inimitable leader, Chris McKhool?

For those not in the know, Sultans of String is a world / jazz / flamenco string band that also showcases Latin, Cuban, Middle Eastern & Folk rhythms, and Manouche Gypsy-jazz through some extraordinarily fiery violin dances.  They’re also amassing an awards list that just keeps growing and growing:

• 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
• 2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album – Yalla Yalla!
• 2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – World Beat Album – Yalla Yalla!
• 2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist- “Auyuittuq Sunrise”- Instrumental category
• 2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition Finalist- “Gardens Of Lebanon”- World Music category
• 2010 JUNO Award Nominees for Yalla Yalla! – Instrumental Album of the Year
• 2010 Canadian Independent Music Awards nominees- Favourite World Artist/Group
• 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) winners – Instrumental
• 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award triple nominee with Sultans winning Instrumental Group of the Year
(also nominated for Ensemble of the Year and Pushing the Boundries)
• 2009 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Toronto World CD
• 2009 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Artist of the Year
• Luna CD hit #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts – “International” & ” World/Folk” categories
• 2008 International Songwriting Competition Winner (ISC) – Instrumental
• 2008 Festivals & Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
• 2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards Finalists- Favourite World Music Band
• 2008 International Independent Music Awards Finalists- Best World Fusion Song
• 2007 Musique du Monde Award
• 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees – Best Instrumentalist Group
• 2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Song & Best Instrumental
• 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Latin Jazz Group
• 2007 Toronto Independent Music Award nominees – World Music Category

Sultans of String’s members include: Chris McKhool on violin (who has performed with Jesse Cook, Pavlo, Club Django), guitarists Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook, the Chieftains) & Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), bass masters Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk) & David Woodhead (Stan Rogers, Loreena McKennitt), Cuban master percussionists Chendy Leon & Alberto Suarez, and Bassam Bishara (master oud player from Palestine).

Today, the band released their 3rd CD (previous albums are titled Luna and Yalla Yalla!) entitled MOVE!  They are very proud of this record, a great collaborative effort among the band and all the wonderful folks who helped them record it.  You can help move Move by ordering your copy today by mail at http://tinyurl.com/sultansMove or first, you can listen to some of its tracks on their BandPage on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sultansofstring.

Fans of Jesse Cook, Pavlo, Gipsy Kings and Club Django will undoubtedly welcome Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity into their CD collections!  If your toes start tapping, your head starts bobbin’ and your hips start swaying, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

For a visual taste of this AMAZING ensemble, check out Yalla Yalla! on YouTube:

Sultans of String put the swing into Canadian string music!