Sultans of String at Norwood Village Green

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By Craig Thornton

 

The Norwood Village Green concert series for 2014 presents the sultans of String.

Bring a lawn chair and sit back and enjoy yourself.

 

 

2010 JUNO Award nominees and Canada's ambassadors of musical diversity, Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche, Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.

The band is riding a wave of success from their sold out Yalla Yalla! and MOVE Canadian CD release tours, to their national features on CTV's Canada AM and CBC's Canada Live, and their triple nomination for the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, winning Instrumental Group of the Year. Their debut CD Luna soared to #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts, and the Sultans of String won the award for Best Variety Act from Festivals & Events Ontario as well as the International Songwriting Competition! The buzz extends into the U.S., with acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jesse Cook) now representing the band.

2009 JUNO Award Nominee, six-string violinist and bandleader Chris McKhool grew up in a house bursting with music and diversity. His paternal Makhoul grandparents immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the early 1900's. His Egyptian-born mother is a piano and theory teacher. Growing up Chris was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality along with Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

From a very young age McKhool was taught the Canadian values of tolerance, respect for all peoples and celebration of culture. His passion for exploring the rhythms and melodies has led him to the far corners of the world, collecting instruments and styles everywhere he went. Travels to the Canadian Arctic, Indonesia, France, England, Cuba, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Indian Himalayas to perform and conduct music workshops have added to his depth of musical and spiritual understanding of our global community.

 

"They are players without borders- world music that transcends place and time with a heavy dose of playfulness added in."  The Vancouver Province

 

Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burnà the very epitome of world music: no boundaries, no rules- the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country!- Maverick Music Magazine, UK

 

 " Virtuoso playingà. An exuberant and infectious soundà Powerful and movingàThe Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!?- Mike Hill, Artistic Director, Mariposa Folk Festival

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