NEW VIDEO! and shows in London, Walkerton, Toronto
Hello all! Here’s the news!
1- NEW VIDEO!
We are happy to share this new video with you to celebrate International Inuit Day (Nov 7), an opportunity to celebrate the richness and resilience of diverse Inuit cultures. Tracy Sarazin and Kendra Tagoona have been performing Inuit throat singing for over twenty years, a tradition practiced by Inuit women as a game and a friendly competition.
Throat singing mimics sounds from the Arctic environment, such as the river and the wind. It starts with one person making a sound, and then the next person repeats this sound immediately after. The leader switches the sound and the rhythm in an attempt to make the follower make a mistake.
Tracy and Kendra enjoy sharing the beauty of Inuit culture with national and international audiences. Friends taught them how to throat sing when they were in their early 20s. They wanted to learn to help revitalize this practice, which was almost lost due to colonization practices. Now, they perform to promote reconciliation and share Inuit culture. “We are happy to work with others and share our culture, and also face the hard truths of what happened in the past and move forward” says Tracy Sarazin, originally from Pangnirtung, Nunavut.
2- UPCOMING SHOWS!
We have a rare duo show this Wednesday in LONDON ON – and there is no admission charge!
Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar), the songwriters behind the music of Sultans of String, take you on a musical journey around the world.
McKhool met Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring around the world with Jesse Cook. When McKhool firstheard Laliberté’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 3x JUNO Award nominated, 6x CFMA Award winning dynamic duo take you on a journey to hear the horses of Sable Island, underwater to hear the calls of Luna the Whale, and on the silk road through Spain and the Middle East, through the Django-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, and then back to Canada for a trip to the majestic Arctic.
We have one more WALKING THROUGH THE FIRE show left in 2023, this Sunday Nov 12 matinee in Walkerton! Come experience this incredible collaboration in a gorgeous venue! From Métis fiddling to an East Coast Kitchen Party, from Rumba to Rock, to the drumming of the Pacific Northwest, experience the beauty and diversity of musicians onstage with Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk of the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Ojibwe/Finnish Singer-Songwriter Marc Merilaeinen (Nadjiwan), and Coast Tsm’syen Elder and Singer-Songwriter Shannon Thunderbird, Singer Eliza Knockwood, as well as virtual guests on the big screen, including Dr. Duke Redbird, the Northern Cree Pow Wow group, and more! Tix: https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/44503/
TORONTO Dec 22 & 23
We are back in one of our very favourite concert venues in December, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, this time for TWO NIGHTS! Get yer tix fast before they sell out again this year.
Celebrate Solstice with an adventurous musical trip around the world! 3x 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, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, Silent Night, an African inspried Kwanzaa song, as well as a Django-jazz inspired Christmas medley, and a Rumba-Flamenca fuelled Jingle Bells.
Featuring very special guests:
• Multi-instrumentalist Ken Whiteley
• Vocalist Rebecca Campbell
• French chanteuse Kristine St-Pierre
• Cuban percussionist Alberto Suarez
• Nyckelharpa player Saskia Tomkins
• Vocalist Amanda Martinez
• Vocalist Shannon Thunderbird …. and more to be announced!!
Thanks for reading and we will see you in the music!