Canada’s high octane string slingers, Sultans of String, bring their roots-jazz-worldbeat mash-up to South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Friday, Aug 8 at 8:30 p.m. as part of the Center’s Cabaret Series.
Known for their music jams, poly-rhythms and riffs, the Sultans of String sound can't be pinned down -- its Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next to the East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the bustling markets of Cuba.
Since forming seven years ago, Sultans of String have been on a rapid rise with a number of awards and accolades in tow, including a JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nomination, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), plus invitations to play with such artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg. The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney guests on their new CD.
Sultans of String are led by JUNO-nominated six-string violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo) who grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian (Makhoul) house filled with music and diversity.
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.
From this rich foundation, the duo has grown, featuring such amazing musical friends as bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba), as well as special guests such as folk-pop darlings, Dala, and The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show. To purchase tickets call 786-573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay, 33189.