Steeped in the blues from birth...
Tori Sparks originally hails from Chicago. She later lived and recorded first in country music capital Nashville, Tennessee, though she spent and continues to spend most of her time on the road all over the world. Since the age of 18 she has played an average of 200 concerts each year in 20+ countries.
A stunning live performer, Tori walks the line between soulful and hilarious, blending ironic stand-up style humor with inventive songs written in multiple languages. Tori has played to 30 people in a house concert, and to 30,000 people at prestigious music festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Bele Chere in Asheville, (In)Fusion Flamenca, Monkey Week, the Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz, and the GREC Festival in Spain, Su La Testa in Italy and many others.
FIVE YEARS AGO...
Tori Sparks made the move from Nashville to Barcelona, Spain. Her fifth album El Mar (Glass Mountain Records, 2014) was a collaboration with fusion trio Calamento, and is a surprising mix of blues, rock, and flamenco. The bilingual project was an international success, called "indescribable, incredible" (Deruting), "adventurous, pushing the envelope" (Rolling Stone), and "extremely special, a monster of a record [Top 20 Albums of the Year]" (Orpheo). The band went on to triumph on the festival circuit, as well as on tour in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and beyond.
TWO YEARS LATER...
Tori Sparks + Calamento have returned to the studio to release their highly anticipated follow up record, La Huerta, with the added help of the maestro of the electric guitar, Francisco Guisado “El Rubio.” Rubio is best known for his work with Rosario Flores, Color Humano, 08001, and Clarence Bekker. Smashing traditional concepts of genre, the band continues to experiment with new sounds without sacrificing the unique combination styles that won them fans the world over with El Mar.
SPARKS IS NO STRANGER TO UNEXPECTED MUSICAL PARTNERSHIPS.
Her fourth album, Until Morning/Come Out of the Dark, marked her third project with producer David Henry (R.E.M., The Cowboy Junkies, Widespread Panic), and her first with Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Elvis Costello, Velvet Underground, Gypsy Kings, Rosanne Cash). Tori has been interviewed by Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times blog, NPR, The Village Voice, Paste, Radio3, Radio 4, Americana UK, Rock in Spain, All Music Guide (5 stars), El Mundo, and many more. She is known as a champion of the DIY business model, and regularly speaks at universities, performing arts schools, and music conferences such as South by Southwest, the International Folk Alliance, WOMEX, and the Indie Music Conference.
Sparks is also known for actively giving back to the community through music, and is the creator of The Feed Your Soul Guitar Project, a tour and folk art auction benefiting Oxfam America. Tori has organized and/or performed at benefit concerts on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind, the March of Dimes, VH1's Save the Music, Rett Syndrome International, the One Campaign, Pinktober, Ronald McDonald House, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She is a strong proponent of social justice and music education.
SPANISH MUSICIANS CALAMENTO ARE ALSO VETERANS OF THE LIVE MUSIC SCENE...
The trio formed in Barcelona 15+ years ago, and since then have mainly performed in Spain and Continental Europe. Calamento is percussionist Javi Garcia, guitarist Pepe Camacho, and bassist Ramon Vague. La Huerta was recorded in Feelback Studio in Barcelona by engineer César J. de Cisneros, who was awarded a Grammy in 2007 for his work on the Ojos de Brujo album Techari.
Tori, El Rubio, and Calamento will be on tour throughout 2017 and 2018 in support of La Huerta. Tori Sparks is proud to be sponsored by D'Addario Strings since 2007.