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Alberta here we come this weekend!

3x JUNO Nominees/Billboard charting SULTANS OF STRING w/ special guest ANWAR KHURSHID

Serving up a feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas in ALBERTA, with stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Turner Valley




WHEN ‘n’ WHERE:

Friday, March 9, 7:30pm – Festival Place – Sherwood Park

$31-$35  |  780-449-3378  |  festivalplace.ab.ca/view/shows/id/1068

Saturday, March 10, 7:30pm – The Nickelodeon, Crescent Heights Community Hall – Calgary
$23 adv/$25  | 403-284-4384  |  www.thenick.ca

Sunday, March 11, 3:00pm – The Flare n’ Derrick Community Centre – Turner Valley

$25/$10 child  |   beneaththearch.ca/concerts


VIDEOS:

“Rakes of Mallow” (a raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up)! https://youtu.be/6tUM9ifOaQw

“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)  https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ
 

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3x JUNO nominees/Billboard charting Sultans of String will serve up a smorgasbord of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas in Calgary, Edmonton and Turner Valley. Joining them on stage is special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (whose music is featured in the Oscar winning Life of Pi).

Touring non-stop across Canada, the United States and UK, this “energetic and exciting band, with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine) serve up a musical passport of Celtic reels, Gypsy-jazz, South Asian, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms.  Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while funky bass and shimmering sitar lay down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts (earshot), #6 on Billboard (world music), top 10 on CMJ (world), and received multiple awards and accolades, including 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for bandleader Chris McKhool, plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and Richard Bona.

Folk Radio UK recently described their music as “an enthralling, adventurous celebration of the power music has to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries, and Sultans of String wield that power with grace, eloquence and spirit.”  Indeed their music is more than a global sonic tapestry. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.  While the album treks across all kinds of musical terrain, the fertile soil beneath each track is fed by hope unhindered and freedom found.

Sultans of String have been criss-crossing North America and the UK for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as JUNOfest, NYC’s legendary Lincoln Center and Birdland, Boston’s Scullers and London’s Trafalgar Square. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Stratford, Ontario and Niagara Symphony Orchestras, as well with Kingsfield POPS in Maine and Maryland’s Annapolis Symphony. Sultans of String were filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and have performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2017 Billboard World Music Charts  — # 6 w/ Christmas Caravan
  • 2017 JUNO nominees – World Music Album of the Year
  • 2017 Billboard World Music Charts  — # 15 w/ Subcontinental Drift
  • 2016 Canada’s High Commission in London UK presents Sultans of String at Trafalgar Square
  • 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music Group of the Year
  • 2016 Global Music Awards– World Music / Beats
  • 2015 JUNO nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year
  • 2015 TIMA winners – Best World Album
  • 2014 SiriusXM Independent Music Awards Winner- World Group of the Year
  • 2013 ISC  International Songwriting Competition Winner- Instrumental
  • 2013 Festivals & Events- Performer of The Year
  • 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for bandleader Chris McKhool
  • 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music Group of the Year
  • 2011 Independent Music Award 2x Finalist – Instrumental Album & World Beat Album
  • 2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition 2x Finalist-  Instrumental & World Music
  • 2010 JUNO Award Nominees –  “Instrumental Album of the Year”
  • 2010 Canadian Independent Music Awards nominees- Favorite World Artist/Group
  • 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) First Place Winners – Instrumental
  • 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award triple nominee winning Instrumental Group of the Year