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MP3 Sultans of String - Yalla Yalla!

Atomic world-jazz-flamenco that will knock your socks off by Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity. The band romps through an energized adventure of Latin, Gypsy–jazz, Middle Eastern and folk rhythms, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (45:07) !
Related styles: WORLD: Flamenco, JAZZ: World Fusion

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Toronto, ON - On Friday, May 29 at Trinity St. Paul''s Centre, Canadian string super-group Sultans of String release their stunning new CD, "Yalla Yalla". This sophomore album weaves a truly global sonic tapestry, influenced by Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, jazz, classical and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz music!

From the driving and spirited title track (Arabic for “Come on! Let’s go!”), to the soaring musical tributes of Sable Island, Auyuittuq Sunrise, Gardens of Lebanon, to the sweet yearning of Le Bisou (The Kiss), Yalla Yalla is a riveting musical adventure, seamlessly traversing diverse themes of heart, place and tradition. Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. A full Cuban trumpet ensemble gets in on the fun, offering up an exhilarating and new texture to the band. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

“Canada is a real meeting places of styles and musical influences from around the world” says bandleader and 2009 JUNO Award nominee Chris McKhool. “At the same time, as a band we try to tell uniquely Canadian stories, putting forth our vision of the world as one family.” Chris’ paternal Makhoul grandparents immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the early 1900s, and his Egyptian-born mother, an accomplished pianist, also has paternal Lebanese ancestry. “Growing up, I was taught the Canadian values of tolerance, respect for all peoples and celebration of culture.” McKhool’s passion for exploring the rhythms and melodies has led him to the far corners of the world, incorporating instruments and styles everywhere he went.

“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” Sultans of String includes six-string violinist Chris McKhool (who has guest starred with Jesse Cook and Pavlo), duelling guitar wizards Kevin Laliberté (The Chieftains, Jesse Cook) and Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels, Johannes Linstead), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk, Amanda Martinez) and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist, Chendy Leon!

Special musical guests for the evening include Ernie Tollar on bansuri (from critically acclaimed band Maza Meze), Bassam Bishara (renowned oud player from Palestine), master of stride piano Jordan Klapman, Canadian luminary David Woodhead on bass (Oliver Schroer, Loreena McKennitt) and the resounding Cuban Trumpet Ensemble featuring Alexis Baro, Kervin Baretto, Alexander Brown.

• 2008 International Songwriting Competition Finalist - Instrumental (awards tba in April/09)
• 2009 JUNO Award nominee (bandleader Chris McKhool for his "FiddleFire!" CD,
award tba March 28/09)
• #1 on national radio charts - "International"/"World"
• National airplay across the CBC, including "Canada Live", "Studio Sparks"
• 2008 International Independent Music Awards nomination - Best World Fusion
• 2008 Festivals and Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
• 2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards Finalists- Favourite World Music Band
• 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination - Best Instrumental Group
• 2007 Ontario Independent Music Awards - Best Song, Best Instrumental
• 2007 Toronto Independent Music Award nominees - World Music Category
• 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award Winner- Best Latin Jazz Group
• international airplay, including Argentina, Australia, Begium, Belarus, Colombia,
France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, U.S. and the U.K.


"An organic mix of rumba, Gypsy, jazz, Middle Eastern and Spanish flavours mixed together beautifully, and brilliantly executed.”
Errol Nazareth, CBC Radio

"groundbreaking…virtuoso…boundary pushing…infectious…visionary…brilliant…
and absolutely stunning!"
Live Music Report

“The music is sublime yet is subtle, powerful and emotive. The compositions are stunning as is the playing!“
Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7 FM Melbourne Australia

"Chris McKhool and the boys were fantastic-- they can play my Bar Mitzvah!"
Bob Ezrin, Producer of Pink Floyd and Kiss

WHO: Sultans of String - Yalla Yalla CD Release Concert!
Chris McKhool – violin
Kevin Laliberté – guitar
Eddie Paton – guitar
Drew Birston – bass
Chendy Leon – percussion

Special Guests:
Ernie Tollar – bansuri
Bassam Bishara – oud
Jordan Klapman – piano
David Woodhead – bass
Cuban Trumpet Ensemble:
- Alexis Baro
- Kervin Baretto
- Alexander Brown

WHERE: St. Paul''s Centre
427 Bloor Street West (at Spadina), Toronto

WHEN: Friday, May 29, 8:00pm

TIX/ $15 advance / $20 door
INFO: $5 eyeGO tickets for High School students with valid ID

To book call 1-800-MCKHOOL (625-4665) anywhere in North America.

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