Symphony!

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2013
  • Label: Red River Entertaint
  • UPC: 679444001418
  • Catalog Number: 2055
  • Sales rank: 260,194

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monti's Revenge (5:02)
  2. 2 Palmas Sinfonia (5:17)
  3. 3 Josie (6:10)
  4. 4 Emerald Swing (4:02)
  5. 5 Sable Island (6:42)
  6. 6 A Place to Call Home (4:00)
  7. 7 Road to Kfarmishki (4:32)
  8. 8 Luna (6:44)
  9. 9 Will You Marry Me (2:56)
  10. 10 Encuentros (3:23)
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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
Les 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
George Graves Mastering
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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