3x JUNO nom/Billboard charting Sultans of String – Christmas Caravan
December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25
3x JUNO nom/3x CFMA winning ambassadors of musical diversity, Sultans of String, are making a much anticipated return to Kingston Rd Village Concerts to perform their genre-hopping musical sleigh ride, “Christmas Caravan”. Their companion Christmas Caravan album hit the New York Times Hits List and #6 on Billboard’s World Music Charts. Joining the band on stage are Rebecca Campbell, Lynn Miles, Donné Roberts, Tamar Ilana, and Shannon Thunderbird.
Christmas Caravan isn’t your typical holiday show– you may recognize a few titles but you’ve never experienced seasonal music quite like this before. “We wanted to make a real contribution to the Christmas repertoire, and hopefully create some new standards” says bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. “And while this is a Christmas album, it is approached from the perspective of a world-music band. We explored diverse genres, from Quebecois fiddle tunes to collaborating with a traditional Turkish string ensemble, and jump around from the classic sounds of the Andrews Sisters, to a Himalayan sleigh ride, African roots music, Gypsy-jazz, and rumba flamenco.
“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!”
–Bob Ezrin (Producer, Pink Floyd. Peter Gabriel)
“Perfect, joyful music performed by perfect musicians”
“An amazing worldbeat Christmas where even the tried and true is taken to such new and amazing lengths. Very hot stuff clearly made to chase the cold winter away.”
–Midwest Record, USA
“Canadian band Sultans of String keeps imaginative imperatives in overdrive for the entirety of Christmas Caravan, a generous pitch for global unity through the music of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. These five musicians have jubilantly recharged the classics with arrangements that demand attention. ★★★★
“The Little Swallow (Carol of The Bells)/ Al Vuelo” https://youtu.be/kFxrGXtv0IM
“Hallelujah” https://youtu.be/jotHqUJ-NWo (feat. Rebecca Campbell)
“Jesu Joy” https://youtu.be/BEVbJJYvU1U feat. Mary Fahl (former lead singer of October Project)
“Feliz Navidad” https://youtu.be/NmVLRFiQ7gg (feat. Alex Cuba)
“The Christmas Song” https://youtu.be/3UVzkRE8OQs (feat. Nikki Yanofsky)
This show is part of their goodwill tour- Sultans of String are fundraising partners with UNHCR, the United Nations Agency for Refugees in Canada. UNHCR is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world. Please visit https://fundraise.unhcr.ca/sultansofstring