Sultans of String

Three times JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting artists Sultans of String take you on a musical journey around the world! Violinist and Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient Chris McKhool met Kevin Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring the globe with Jesse Cook and cross Canada with The Chieftains. When Chris first heard Kevin's rumba rhythm their musical mind-meld created Sultans of String’s sound – the intimate and playful relationship between the violin and the flamenco guitar.  Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, creating soundscapes that seem impossible to be coming from just two people.
Larger than the sum of its parts, this dynamic duo celebrates Chris' Lebanese heritage on a journey to the Middle East, and travels through the streets of Southern Spain, the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, and then back to Canada for a trip to an East Coast kitchen party, before ending in the majestic Arctic.
Equally at home in a concert hall, jazz club or festival setting, Sultans of String have gigged at the legendary club Birdland in New York, the renowned Celtic Connections Festival in the U.K. and the San Jose Jazz Festival. They have performed with symphonies across Canada and the U.S., and played live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, World Cafe and SiriusXM in Washington. They have been featured in the New York Times, won first place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries), and have earned three Canadian Folk Music Awards out of eight nominations.

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Demonstrate an awareness of the elements of musical forms and traditions of diverse times, places and communities; identify the elements used in music and describe how they are used; analyze some historical or cultural influences on style, genre and innovation in music.

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“Canada is a real meeting place of musical influences from around the world”, says violinist Chris McKhool. Sultans of String, 2017 JUNO Award nominee, deliver a concert that transcends categorization, mixing Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, East Coast Celtic and Gypsy-jazz. Music has the ability to bring people and cultures together in a way that emulates what we love to see in the world. It creates a collaboration that breaks down the barriers that divide us, helps us to see our common humanity and provides a model for peace. Performances include one free CD

Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Time and Price:
In person:
Available May 17-21, 2021
Grades: K - 12/sec V Maximum: 350 students
One performance: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $670 + HST

Available September 2020 - June 2021
2 artists

Grades: K - 12/sec V Maximum: 500 students
One performance: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $670 + HST

Available September-December 2020
3 artists

Grades: K - 12/sec V Maximum: 500 students
One performance: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $829 + HST
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