The Sultans of String are celebrating the season with a musical trip around the world at the Flato Markham Theatre on Dec. 13.
The 2015 Juno Award nominees 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, the holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well-known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Jesous Ahatonhia (with newly-translated Indigenous lyrics), a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, Silent Night, as well as a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas.
For 10 years, Sultans of String have topped the Canadian radio charts and received multiple awards and accolades. Bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in creating community through music.
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. The duo grew, adding bass master Drew Birston, Cuban percussionist Rosendo Chendy Leon and guitarist Eddie Paton.
Sultans of String have been crisscrossing North America for the last several years and they’re equally at home in concert, a folk or jazz club and a festival setting.
Photo: Sultans of String perform Dec. 13 at Flato Markham Theatre.