Sultans of String will release their high octane worldbeat-jazz-symphonic mash-up, Symphony at the Capitol Theatre this coming Wednesday.
Known for dizzying roots music jams, poly-rhythms and revved up riffs, the Sultans of String sound can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, over to the majestic Arctic, then to the bustling markets of Lebanon.
The band is led by Juno-nominated six-string violinist Chris McKhool who grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian house bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, he was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.
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 dynamic duo has grown, featuring such amazing musical friends as second guitarist Eddie Paton, bass master Drew Birston, and Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon, as well as special guests such as folk pop darlings Dala, The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, ukulele giant James Hill, and others.
Don’t miss them at the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, January 29. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults or $11 for seniors/students, available at the Capitol Theatre box office.