“La Huerta” (la ware-tah), means “the garden” in Spanish. This isn’t a garden composed of hothouse flowers and luxury landscaping – it’s the garden you’d find behind your house, full of nourishing plants, wild creatures, and weeds. It’s the patch of land where you plant your expectations, decisions, dreams, hopes, hatreds, losses, wishes, loves, mistakes. This is where the fruit of every seed you have ever planted grows… and grows.
Tori Sparks, Calamento and El Rubio presented the new album La Huerta for the first time in concert at Luz de Gas in Barcelona on February 23rd, and at Sala Clamores in Madrid on March 30th. More tour dates are posted online, click for more information. (Album art by Aitch.)
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"Nature Boy" Official Music Video
Official music video for the song "Nature Boy" by Tori Sparks feat. Calamento + El Rubio, from their new album La Huerta (Glass Mountain Records, 2017). Directed by Francesco Tavolaro.
TORI SPARKS + CALAMENTO:
THE STORY BEHIND LA HUERTA
Five years ago...
American singer-songwriter Tori Sparks made the move from Nashville, TN (US) to Barcelona. Her fifth album El Mar (Glass Mountain Records, 2014) was a collaboration with flamenco fusion trio Calamento. The album began as a curious experiment after a chance meeting at a benefit concert. Over months of rehearsals in a basement in Barcelona, a strange and beautiful synthesis sprang from the mix of Tori's blues, rock, and folk sensibilities with the Spanish musicians' atypical take on flamenco and jazz fusion.
The bilingual project was an unexpected 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 (Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival, (In)Fusion Flamenca, the GREC Festival, others) as well as in tours in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and beyond. Two years later, Tori Sparks + Calamento have returned to the studio, but with one major difference: The quartet has become a quintet.
The maestro of the electric guitar...
El Rubio (08001, Color Humano, Rosario Flores), lent a helping hand on the El Mar recording sessions. Ever since, he has become an integral part of Tori Sparks + Calamento’s ever-evolving live show. When the band started working on the arrangements for the new album, El Rubio was part of the creative process from the very start. On La Huerta, Tori and the band push the group's already daring mix of musical flavors even further into uncharted territory. The band continues to experiment with new sounds without sacrificing the unique combination of styles that won them fans the world over with El Mar.
La Huerta includes original compositions (“Little Wars,” “On My Mind,” “Bitter Seeds,” “Until Morning,” and title track “La Huerta", as well as completely unexpected versions of songs from the Spanish, Cuban, and American songbooks. (Led Zepplin por tangos/bulerias, anyone?)
Pepe Camacho on flamenco guitar, Ramon Vague on bass and Javi Garcia on cajon. The album also features special musical guests Joaquin Gomez ("El Duende") and Alba Bioque. La Huerta was recorded in Barcelona at Feelback Studio with engineer Cesar J. de Cisneros, mastered by Yves Roussell, both Grammy Award Winners for their work with fusion artists such as Ojos de Brujo and Solea Morente.
"Wade in the Water" Music Video
In-studio recording of the song "Wade in the Water" by Tori Sparks feat. Calamento + El Rubio, the bonus track from their new album La Huerta (Glass Mountain Records, 2017). Recorded in front of a live audience in Feelback Studio in Barcelona.
"KASHMIR" LIVE Video
Live recording of the song "Kashmir" by Tori Sparks feat. Calamento + El Rubio, the bonus track from La Huerta. Recorded at the CD release show at Luz de Gas in Barcelona, featuring special guests El Yiyo, Julio de los Chavis, Alba Bioque, and Ramon Gimenez of Ojos de Brujo.