3x JUNO (Canada's Grammys) nominees and Billboard charting Sultans of String take their wickedly eclectic and globetrotting grooves to California, with stops at FAR-West, Museum of Music Making and McCabe's Guitar Shop.
Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.
Celebrating a milestone 12 years together, Sultans of String's music has hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, #6 on Billboard (World Music chart), top 10 on CMJ (World), and received multiple awards and accolades, including 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 4 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, Grammy winners Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock).
McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo) has an Egyptian-born mother who happened to play piano, teach classical theory, and feed her young son as much Middle Eastern cuisine as she did music lessons. From there, the powerful violinist developed a taste for multi-genre string sounds and found a like-minded crew of all-world enthusiasts. When he first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté's (Jesse Cook) 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 grew, featuring such amazing musical friends as in-the-pocket bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk).
The band's US manager and acclaimed promoter Dave 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 McKhool and 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 Canada, the US and UK for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as NYC's legendary Birdland and the Lincoln Center, 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 CBC's Canada Live, MPBN's Maine Arts! , 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.
Fri Oct 11 – 8:30pm– FAR-West Conference – Official Showcase
Sat Oct 12 – 7:00pm– Museum of Making Music
Sun Oct 13 – 8:00pm– McCabe's Guitar Shop
Friday, October 11, 2019, 8:30pm
Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, 91367
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 7:00pm
Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, 92008
$25 General / $30 Premium, Museum Members receive 10% discount
Sunday, October 13, 2019, 8:30pm
McCabe's Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, 90404
$22.50 (complimentary admission with FAR-West delegate badge)