by Sultans of StringSultans of String


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The Toronto quintet Sultans of String has released several albums that fuse a variety of Mediterranean musical traditions: gypsy jazz, flamenco, Arabic and Turkish music, along with Latin rhythms. This is impressive in that none of the group members comes from that part of the world, and the fusion is of a sort that could come from few places other than highly multicultural Canada. The Symphony! album includes, as the name suggests, a full orchestra, apparently assembled for the occasion rather than borrowed from an existing ensemble (which tells you something in itself about how this group has caught on in its Canadian homeland). The mix doesn't depart too far from that on the group's earlier three albums, however, and fans of the group can confidently plan on enjoying this release. The orchestra for the most part plays a supporting role, embellishing the music as a piece proceeds. More consequential to the overall sound are the guest stars, ranging from oud player Bassam Bishara to ukulele master James Hill to the legendary Paddy Moloney, among several others: an unusually diverse group indeed. Still, the vaguely Arabic six-string violin of leader Chris McKhool remains central to the sound, adapting itself effortlessly to Gypsy music, flamenco, and various kind of Canadiana jazzed up with ethnic percussion. You have to like pop fusions of world music to like this, of course, but this Canadian example is a nifty take on the genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
Label: Red River Entertaint
UPC: 0679444001418
catalogNumber: 2055

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sultans of String   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Lenny Solomon   Violin
Marie Berard   Violin,Concert Master
Erica Goodman   Harp
Paddy Moloney   Penny Whistle,uillean pipes
Joseph Orlowski   Clarinet
Wendy Rose   Violin
Kent Teeple   Viola
Alastair Kay   Trombone
Gary Pattison   Horn
Maurizio Baccante   Cello
Marianne Pack   Cello
Lesley Young   Oboe
Carol Fujino   Violin
Paul Widner   Cello
Allt   Flute
Parmela Attariwala   Violin
Mark Duggan   Percussion
Ron Mah   Violin
Elaine Thompson   Cello
Angelique Toews   Violin
Paul Zevenhuizen   Violin
James Hill   Ukulele
Jayne Maddison   Violin
Lynn Kuo   Violin
Alan Molitz   Bass
Jamie Hopkings   Conductor
Jonathan Craig   Viola
Nancy Kershaw   Violin
Beverley Spotton   Viola
Csaba Koczo   Violin
Sheila Carabine   Vocals
Scott Irvine   Tuba
Doug Perry   Viola
Bardhyl Gjevori   Horn
Roberta Janzen   Cello
Joan Watson   Horn
Andrew McIntosh   Cello
Julie Ranti   Flute
Dominique LaPlante   Violin
Robert Speer   Bass
Bethany Bergman   Violin
David Longenecker   Bass
Janet Anderson   Horn
Aya Miyagawa   Violin
Herb Poole   Bass Trombone
Amanda Walther   Vocals
Dala   Vocal Ensemble
Angela Rudden   Viola
Eric Lee   Bass
Bassam Bishara   Oud
Olga Laktionova   Cello
Michele Verheul   Clarinet
Liz Gowen   Bassoon
Larry Larson   Trumpet
Hiroko Kagawa   Violin
Dick Dorsey   Oboe
Dan Blackman   Viola
Chris Redfield   Viola
Bill Canaway   Bassoon
Allistar Gaskin   Trombone
Shawn Moody   Trumpet
Rob Weymouth   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jeremy Darby   Engineer
Brian Masterson   Engineering
David Wilkes   Management
Nik Tjelios   Engineer
Rebecca Pellett   Arranger
Chris McKhool   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Liner Notes
Kenny Luong   Sound Effects,overdub engineer
Kevin Laliberte   Composer,Liner Notes,Engineering
Sultans of String   Arrangement Collaboration
Bret Menezes   Composer
Eddie Paton   Composer,Liner Notes,Engineering
John Morris Russell   Advisor
Rosendo Leon   Sound Effects,Engineering
Vittorio Monti   Original Material
Gary Gray   Engineer
Tania Gill   Arranger
Lisa Weitz   Management
Kurt Firla   Illustrations
Catherine Kurucz   Sound Effects

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