This band thrill audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Middle Eastern and Cuban rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.
The band is led by 5-string violinist McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo) who was raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian household just bursting with music and diversity. At the core of the band’s sound is his bold and fiery fiddle, dancing seamlessly with founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm. Together their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. Added to this rich foundation is in the pocket bassist Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk).
They have been touring non-stop at many taste-making forums such as Celtic Connections Festival, the legendary jazz club Birdland in New York, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They have also performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.
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