“Gutsy, fiery delivery. 5 Stars.”
-All Music Guide
“Truly, one of the most original artists I have heard in a long, long time.”
-Music News Nashville
“Flawless work. It’s hard to find comparisons. Magnificent!”
-Le Cri du Coyote
Tori Sparks’ fifth studio album, El Mar, is a bilingual collaboration with Barcelona-based flamenco fusion trio Calamento. Over months of rehearsals, a synthesis evolved from the mix of Tori’s blues, rock, and folk sensibilities with Calamento’s atypical take on flamenco fusion. El Mar was recorded in Feelback Studios in Barcelona by engineer Cesar J. de Cisneros, who was awarded a Grammy in 2007 for his work on the Ojos de Brujo fusion album Techari. It includes a flamenco fusion arrangement of her best-known song, “Cold War,” which had previously been released in Europe by Universal Music France, and is currently featured in the Fall 2014 season of the American crime drama Criminal Minds.
Calamento are veterans of the Spanish live music scene. They formed as an instrumental trio in Barcelona over fifteen years ago, and since have performed mostly in Spain and the rest of Continental Europe. Calamento is percussionist Xavi Garcia, guitarist Pepe Camacho, and bassist Ramon VaguÄ‚Ĺ .
Tori Sparks relocated from Nashville to Barcelona in 2011, but she spends most of her time on the road all over the world. She has released five critically-acclaimed albums under the auspices of her own record label (Glass Mountain Records). She plays an average of 200 concerts each year, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Los Conciertos de Radio 3, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, and many more. She tours solo and in duo with her percussion player, and with various band formations, depending on type of concerts that make up each trip. In Europe, her touring bands are based in Spain and Denmark. In the United States, her band is based in Nashville.
Tori has been interviewed by media across the globe, including theLos Angeles Times, NPR, The Village Voice, CMJ.com, Blues in Britain, El Periodico, Paste, many others. She is known as a champion of the DIY business model, and regularly speaks on similar topics at universities, performing arts schools, and music conferences festivals (SXSW, the International Folk Alliance, WOMEX). She is also known for being a strong proponent of social justice and music education. She has organized and/or performed at benefit concerts on behalf ofthe National Federation of the Blind, F.A.C.E., the March of Dimes, VH1’s Save the Music, the One Campaign, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Oxfam, the Ronald McDonald House, and others.
Tori Sparks’ fourth album, Until Morning/Come out of the Dark, was recorded in Nashville and then released only a few months after arriving in Europe. It marked her first musical collaboration withRoger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Elvis Costello, Velvet Underground, Gypsy Kings, Rosanne Cash), and her third with co-producer David Henry (R.E.M., Josh Rouse, The Cowboy Junkies, Widespread Panic), with whom she also recorded The Scorpion in the Story (2009) and Under This Yellow Sun (2007).
Tori and the band will be on the road throughout 2014 and 2015 in support of El Mar.