The Sultans of String


DELRAY BEACH, FL – Canada’s high octane string slingers, Sultans of String, bring their revved up roots-jazz-worldbeat mashup to two Florida hotspots, South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center August 8, and Arts Garage in Delray Beach on August 9.

Known for dizzying music jams, polyrhythms and raucous riffs, the Sultans of String sound 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 bustling markets of Cuba! Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since forming seven years ago, Sultans of String have been on a meteoric rise with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, including a JUNO grammy nomination, two Canadian Folk Music Awards, as well as invitations to play with such legendary artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg.

“I have worked with numerous top ten chart songs and pop Billboard and country music hits,” said promoter David Wilkes. “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 musicians.”

Sultans of String are led by JUNO nominated 6-string violinist Chris McKhool, who grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian house bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, McKhool was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

When McKhool first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s 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 duo has grown, featuring such amazing musical friends as bass master Drew Birston, Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon, as well as special guests such as folk-pop darlings, Dala, and The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney.