Sultans of String at Camden Opera House Oct. 13
Three-time JUNO (Canada's Grammy) nominees and SiriusXM Award winners Sultans of String are set to raise the rafters on their 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour, with a stop at the Camden Opera House, Oct 13 at 7:30 p.m. They'll also have advance copies of their new, festive offering "Christmas Caravan" in tow.
Touring non-stop in support of their latest CD, Subcontinental Drift, this "energetic and exciting band, with talent to burn!" (Maverick Magazine, UK) serve up a musical passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms. Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.
Sultans of String have hit No. 1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, No. 15 on Billboard (world music), top 10 on CMJ (world), and received multiple awards and accolades, including first place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 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, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and David Bromberg.
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 is bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk).
The band's U.S. 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 and performers".
Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as NYC's legendary Birdland, Boston's Scullers and California's hip music scene including the San Jose Jazz Festival. 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 MPBN's Maine Arts! in a feature concert, 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.
"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
"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
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
• 2017 JUNO nominees– World Music Album of the Year
• 2017 Billboard Charts (world) -- # 15
• 2016 Canada's High Commission in London UK presents Sultans of String at Trafalgar Square
• 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music Group of the Year
• 2016 Global Music Awards– World Music / Beats
• 2016 ISC – Honorable Mention
• 2015 JUNO nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year
• 2015 TIMA winners – Best World Album
To purchase ticket for the October 13th Camden Opera House show, call the Opera House Box Office at: (207)536-5850; go online to www.camdenoperahouse.com for print at home or will call tickets, or walk into the Camden Town Office M-F 9AM-3PM for no fee walk-up.
Enjoy concessions provided by Fireside Restaurant and Lounge. They will be serving gourmet wood fired pizza, craft beer and fine wine selected from Fireside's menu beginning at 6:30 p.m. through intermission.