Valentine livestream with Amanda Martinez, and new video!
We are so excited to share with you…
Our latest video, HYPNOTICA, written by Sultans of String guitarist Kevin Laliberté!
For years we have opened up the second set of our live show with this song. It is really one of my favourites, and has always been a great way to showcase Kevin’s extraordinary looping technique, and mastery of creating a soundscape over a delay pattern performed on his guitar. I really wanted to capture this song for our REFUGE album. So after we recorded the bed tracks in Canada, we traveled to Istanbul with 2020 JUNO Award-winning engineer John Bailey, arranger/liaison Selcuk Suna, and videographer Jake Roles to record the strings with Gündem Yayli Grubu, a collection of Roma string players that perform and record for many of the Turkish pop stars. They have a very distinct sound, all of their own, that cannot be replicated anywhere on the planet. And indeed those strings give a strong flavour of Istanbul to Hypnotica. The track also features legendary Turkish percussionist Mehmet Akatay playing daf and darbuka.
You can watch it here or click on the image! https://youtu.be/s0lzKA90wXc
Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with Sultans of String, with special guest Amanda Martinez!
Saturday Feb 13, at 7:00 pm EST
Presented by Old Church Theatre – Livestream interactive Zoom concert!
Limited tickets available here https://tinyurl.com/y5a46rvh
MORE DETAIL: Featured on the NY TIMES HITS LIST and the BILLBOARD WORLD MUSIC CHARTS! Sultans of String band members Chris McKhool, Kevin Laliberté and Drew Birston perform the “Best of the Sultans, Valentine’s Edition”, beamed right into your living room! Spanish songstress Amanda Martinez will be joining remotely to sing a love song or two!
This is over ZOOM, which is awesome because it is interactive, and we will be able to see and hear you, and you can see and hear us, and you can all see each other as well! It is a real show! So pour yourself a quarantini, and get ready to enjoy the music!
As usual, show will last about an hour, including a talk back portion, so bring your burning questions, as we will be opening up the floor for anyone who has always wanted to ask any of the artists about their inspiration, or music, or whatever strikes your fancy.
We have kept the ticket price low with a minium $15 donation for the show, as many of our friends and fans are out of work right now. Please contribute what you can to support the arts through these strange times!
$1 from each ticket sold is being donated to our UN Refugee Agency fundraiser: http://fundraise.unhcr.ca/sultansofstring
Thanks and look forward to seeing you all soon!
Limited tickets available here https://tinyurl.com/y5a46rvh
FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS ZOOM CONCERTS:
“Sultans of String are still ground-breaking after all the decades. The music is of-this-moment, our moment. It is a tonic, fresh air, in the midst of all that has separated us.”
“It was so intimate. Every seat was perfect, front row centre. It’s a great way to establish personal connections with the artists.”
“This was the best Zoom – online show I have seen. The setting and production values were excellent. It was obvious that time was taken to ensure us of a completely professional concert. Loved the music – hope there are more to come.”
“Wow! What a special evening of song, storytelling, dance and palpable heart-sharing! I was amazed at the coordination it must have taken to connect everyone, and was moved by having so much artistry connected in a “zoom-room”….just wow….what a joy!🎶🎸🎵🎻💃”
“It was great to have live music come right to our homes. The band played amazing music! The sound quality was wonderful. Hope to hear more live music from Sultans of String, soon.”
Three-time JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting band Sultans of String creates “energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” according to Maverick magazine. Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms, the group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar, while bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with an irresistible need to dance.
Sultans of String have never taken the easy road. Since releasing their debut album Luna in 2007, they have continually strived to make each chart-topping album more original and meaningful than the last. That includes working with an orchestra (2013’s Symphony), teaming with Pakistani sitarist Anwar Khurshid (2015’s Subcontinental Drift) and even crafting a world-music holiday album (2017’s Christmas Caravan), which landed them on the Billboard charts and the New York Times. Their ambition and work ethic have garnered them multiple awards and accolades, including three Juno nominations, first place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries), three Canadian Folk Music Awards, and countless other honours.
With their historic and visionary seventh album Refuge, McKhool and co. bring their unique brand of musical synergy and collaboration into the studio like never before. Their most ambitious, diverse, inclusive and passionately political album, Refuge puts the Toronto-based Sultans face-to-face with a VIP roster of artists from around the globe — including American banjo master Béla Fleck, Israeli vocalist Yasmin Levy and others, like Iraqi violinst Imah Al Taha and Iranian santur master Amir Amiri, who have fled the peril and persecution of their homelands for the safer shores of North America.
Their live resumé is similarly stellar. Equally at home in a concert hall, jazz club or festival setting, the Sultans 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 DC.