Thursday, July 18, 2013: Sultans of String

Chris and Kevin Photo by Darren Levant

Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” Sultans of String thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of dizzying roots music jams, polyrhythms and revved up riffs.

Sultans of String 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 streets of Havana.

Seamlessly traversing diverse themes of heart, place and tradition, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

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, and now, invitations to play the world stage and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains (whose very own Paddy Moloney appears on the Sultans’ new and ultimate world-classical crossover CD, “Symphony” (Sony).

Their music hit # 1 on world/international music charts in Canada, earned 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Festivals and Events Ontario “Entertainer of the Year” Award, and 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries).

They are now represented in the U.S. by acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck).

We are thrilled to host Sultans of String as the duo of Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté – they are not to be missed – especially close up in our living room. I’ve seen them showcase at Folk Alliance International and Regional conferences and I never tire of listening, amazed at all those notes and amazing music produced by only two musicians!

You can take my word for it but you don’t have to. Here’s what some folks in the industry have to see. Please go to the website and have a listen and you’ll want to come here them in person. And they will have their brand new CD, “Move” available for purchase.

“Kevin and Chris are two extremely talented and creative musicians. Each of them have an extensive background in various traditions and numerous musical accomplishments to their credit. Their own compositions are … exciting and highly original. They are musicians and songwriters of the highestcalibre!” – Ken Whiteley, Producer

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

“An organic mix of rumba, Gypsy, jazz, Middle Eastern and Spanish flavours – they all mix together beautifully… brilliantly executed!” – Errol Nazareth, CBC Radio One

“I remember the shiver up my spine on hearing the calls of Luna- the west coast killer whale searching for his pod- amazingly recreated on Chris’ electric violin. Haunting, moving and not to be missed!” – Charles McFarland- Artistic Producer, Centrepointe Theatre

Music at 7:30 p.m. Potluck and socializing at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish and beverage to share. Wine or beer are welcome. Water, glasses, dishes and silver provided.

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail or at 773-334-5776.

Suggested artist donation $20
(All funds go to the musicians.)

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