Sultans of String
Performance Type: 4 piece band (or 3 piece)
Performance Style(s): World Music
Official Web Site: www.sultansofstring.com
Fee Range: $4,000-$8,000 (depending on instrumentation)
Sultans of String create “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 3 JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominations, 1st place in the ISC (15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, David Bromberg, Alex Cuba, Ruben Blades, Richard Bona, and Nikki Yanofsky.
Christmas Caravan (only available as a quintet plus vocalist) -
Celebrate the season with an adventurous musical trip around the world! 2015 JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Jesous Ahatonhia (with gorgeous newly-translated Indigenous lyrics), a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, Silent Night, as well as a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, and a Rumba-Flamenca fuelled Jingle Bells. Sultans of String are joined by shimmering guest vocalist Rebecca Campbell (Jane Siberry, Emmylou Harris, Alanis Morissette).
Symphony Show - http://sultansofstring.com/2015/10/sultans-of-string-symphony/
3x 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, foot-stomping Celtic, and French Gypsy-jazz in a celebration of musical fusion and human creativity infused with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic mastery meets with a symphony of sound, deepened by world rhythms that inspire whole audiences to get up and dance.
Sultans of String’s Pops show was developed under the direction of luminary John Morris Russell, (Conductor-Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), and was scored by illustrious arranger/composer Rebecca Pellett (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, IMAX & Hollywood film productions). The show runs up to two hours including song introductions/storytelling, and the instrumentation is 2222 (no doubling), 4331, timp + 2 perc, optional harp and orchestral strings. A full library of ready-to-play, bowed parts is available. No music need be rented.
“They are players without borders… world music that transcends place and time with a heavy dose of playfulness added in.” – THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE
“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
• 2017 New York Times Hits List
• 2017 Billboard World Music Charts – Christmas Caravan CD hits #6
• 2017 Nielsen World Music Charts – Christmas Caravan CD hits #3
• 2017 Folk Music Ontario- Songwriting Award double winner
• 2017 ISC International Songwriting Competition- World category
• 2017 JUNO Award Nominees for "World Music Album of the Year" – Subcontinental Drift
• 2017 Billboard World Music Charts - Subcontinental Drift CD hits #15
• 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards– World Music Group of the Year
• 2016 Global Music Awards– World Music / Beats
• 2015 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) – Subcontinental Drift
• 2015 JUNO Award Nominees for "Instrumental Album of the Year" – Symphony!
• 2015 Toronto Independent Music Award - World Music
• 2014 SIRIUSXM Independent Music Awards Winner- World Group of the Year
ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT MATERIALS
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Road to Kfarmishki
Blowing in the Wind
Stomping at the Rex - Trio Version
Mandolin - from Kids Show
The Little Swallow (Carol of the Bells)/ Al Vuelo