WAIT NO MORE: THE LIVE ALBUM
Since their first collaboration in 2014 — the acoustic album El Mar — American singer-songwriter Tori Sparks and her Barcelona-based musical collaborators Calamento and guitarist El Rubio have forged their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Their sonic experiments have resulted in an organic fusion of musical styles that does not sound like any other band out there.
On September 14th, 2018 Tori and the band presented a concert and live recording in legendary Barcelona concert hall Luz de Gas. The night was a full house and a huge success, featuring invited artists Alba Bioque (singer) and Lena Nouart (dancer), with visuals created by Francesca Catricala "VJ Blu.” Check out the report of the concert by the program "Punts de Vista” of RTVE.
The live album, titled Wait No More, was released on limited edition vinyl on April 13th: Record Store Day 2019. (The extended double CD version on April 26th.) This is Tori's seventh album: Her third since embracing the rock-blues-flamenco fusion that has become her signature sound, and her first recorded live. The album cover is a photo from the live recording, taken by Alexey Stradubanov (Akra Producciones). The image is a freeze-frame of the moment just before the lights go up on stage... that moment full of anticipation, that breath before the first note, when everything and anything is possible.
The vinyl version of the record contains a selection of songs from the concert, while the double CD — which was released two weeks later, on April 26th, 2019 — contains the full repertoire of the live recording. The official concert presentation featured guest artists such as Lisa Bause (violinist, composer and co-founder of Las Migas), Alba Bioque, and The CC Sandaru Taller de Cajón. As with all Tori Sparks recordings, the event at the Auditori Can Roig i Torres gave back to the community, in this case drawing attention to a good cause and non-profit organization: The Donation and Transplant Institute of Spain.
“WAIT NO MORE" LIVE Video
Official music video for the song “Wait No More" by Tori Sparks feat. Calamento + El Rubio, from their new album Wait No More (Glass Mountain Records, 2019). Recorded live at Luz de Gas on September 14th, 2018. Filmed and edited by Kepa Gainza (Apek Films).
“WAIT NO MORE" Official MUSIC Video
Press for the album WAIT NO MORE
""In these times of uncertainty and half-measures, it is a beautiful thing to come face to face to an artist who has a clear vision. Someone who is not afraid to be unique, who goes all-in, who does not waver in defending his or her art. Tori Sparks is one of those people, and for this reason the subtitle of her new album, Wait No More: The Live Album, has value in itself. This is not a live album. It's THE live album... A lean, taught LP with no filler, in which [Sparks] combines diverse musical styles with style, grit, and pure inspiration.”
-Alfred Crespo, Ruta66
“A flawless live album with a clear, rich sound... as composer and performer, [Sparks] has crafted a unique and unusual fusion.”
-Esteban Linés, La Vanguardia
"The American singer-songwriter Tori Sparks, who sings both in English and Spanish, is a perfect example of how diversity enriches rock and roll. Not only does this album showcase the power of her voice and her strength as a live performer… she approaches her material with sensuality, mystery and sexuality. "
-Luis Picabia, El Diario Abierto
"It is definitely worth paying attention to the evolution of Tori Sparks: an American singer and guitarist who has been living in Barcelona since 2011, who has developed her own universe of sound, combining her rock, blues and folk roots with with Latin and flamenco influences. She is daring, and forges her own richly creative musical path, though what stands out above all is the pure charisma of Tori Sparks herself. In these times of disposable music and childish performers, her mature voice, her vivid presence onstage — wearing a theatrical red dress, which is the perfect color to accompany her intensity — she never goes too far over the top in her theatricality, but brings a fresh, genuine energy to the stanzas of both her original songs and classic tunes. A revelatory night for an artist who is both delicate and wild.“
-Jordi Bianciotto, El Periodico
"There are dates that absolutely must be marked on the calendar, and the live recording of a Tori Sparks album is one of those dates.… [Tori] pulled put all the stops, displaying all her artistry and that of a band that is worth its weight in gold... The new song 'Wait' No More’ was the most special moment of the impressive evening."
-Federico Navarro, Popular1
"The American singer Tori Sparks offered up a very special concert at Barcelona’s Luz de Gas on September 14th… Listening to the record, we will undoubtedly remember the evening in which Sparks bewitched an audience that reveled in her music as if there were no tomorrow… [Sparks] has created a combination of sounds that is so natural, this artist born in Chicago but who is at the same time an authentic Barcelonian — this whole city has fallen in love with her. Sublime."
-Manual Alférez, La Hormigonera Rock
"Title track “Wait No More” is a great song, the crown jewel of an album which contains 20 songs of different rhythms and styles, but which all fit perfectly together both thematically and musically… Highly recommended."
-Jose Lopez, No Solo Cine
“Indescribable and incredibly beautiful… This album is blues and rock as well as flamenco, and at the same time it is none of these things. Even if you’re not a fan of these styles of music, you’ll still probably love this album. The voice of Tori Sparks gets under your skin, it touches your heart. This is World Music at its very best.”
-Fredi Hallauer, Musik Global