2x JUNO Award nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String are an “energetic and exciting band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine UK). Known for spotlighting treasured special guests from around the world, Sultans of String are particularly excited about this east-meets-west offering with sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi). “There is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East”, says bandleader/ fiddler Chris McKhool Their new album, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT, just hit #1 in Canada on National World Charts, and Top 10 in the USA, as well as a nomination for World Group of the year at this year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards. Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts with four different albums, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), and 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards out of 9 nominations. Sultans of String have been crisscrossing North America for the last several years at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated SiriusXM in Washington.
“Subcontinental Drift is 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.” - Folk Radio UK