The Sultans of String Christmas Caravan CD release show at Sudbury’s College Boreal Concert Hall will take place Dec. 10 (7pm, $30/$35, 21 Lasalle Blvd, presented by Jazz Sudbury and NLFB.
The new CD landed The New York Times ‘Christmas Hits’ list, charted #3 on Canada’s world music charts (Nielsen) and #6 on Billboard (world). Needless to say we’re thrilled about this and are excited to take folks on our musical sleigh ride.
Here are a couple of official videos:
VIDEO: The Little Swallow (Carol of the Bells)/ Al Vuelo:
VIDEO: The Story Behind Christmas Caravan:
SULTANS OF STRING’s CHRISTMAS CARAVAN Hits # 6 on Billboard’s World Music Chart!
“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. ★★★★
“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
“This one totally undoes any “bah, humbug” a jinglebelled-jaded deejay might feel!”
In the first week of its release, Sultans of String’s first festive offering, Christmas Caravan, grabs the #3 spot on Canada’s world music charts (Nielsen) and #6 spot on Billboard (world music).
With this genre-hopping disc, these 3x JUNO nominees / 3x CFMA winning ambassadors of musical diversity have expanded the traditional notion of Christmas music, injecting it with new-found energy and non-traditional sounds. Recorded and co-produced with JUNO Award winning engineer John ‘ Beetle’ Bailey, this isn’t your typical holiday album. You may recognize a few titles, but you’ve never experienced seasonal music quite like this before.
Sultans of String’s acclaimed world music tapestry has been amplified on this release through its embrace of orchestration and pop, and spurred on by a stellar cast of guest musicians, bringing even more colour to their lively palette.
“We wanted to make a real contribution to the Christmas repertoire, and hopefully create some new standards” says bandleader/violinist and Queens Diamond Jubilee recipient Chris McKhool. “This is a Christmas album, but 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, rumba flamenco, ska, and the grandeur of the symphony.”