Canada’s Sultans of String are certainly among the most decorated, nominated and heralded acoustic swing groups on the continent, but don’t call them revivalists: They are fusionists and spatial/temporal explorers. Their virtuosity and genre-hopping mastery are so offhand and ever-present, it is easy to take them for granted and just get caught in their bizarre global musical crusades: Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms and Gypsy jazz collide in the most intuitive and natural ways, played with nuance and with fever.
2010 Juno Award nominees and “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity,” the Sultans of String have released four full-lengths, most recently 2013’s ambitious Symphony! They have won what there is to win in their native Canada, including a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award, and are now seeing their profile rise in the US with the help of their manager, the well-known promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Béla Fleck, Jesse Cook).
The Sultans of String perform at the Falcon on Sunday, January 11 at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge, but generous donation is encouraged. The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro. For more information, call (845) 246-7970 or visit www.liveatthefalcon.com.