American singer-songwriter Tori Sparks is no stranger to the city’s music scene. Having moved to Barcelona from Nashville five years ago, she has made the city her base for recording, writing and performing her blend of blues, rock and folk music, in between touring in Europe and the USA. When she became interested in flamenco in 2012, Sparks went to study with musicians in the heart of the flamenco world, in the Sacramonte, Granada. Her latest album, El Mar (2014), is the outcome, bringing together what she learned in the mountains of Andalusia with the experience of more than a decade in the music industry. El Mar is an eclectic fusion of American and Spanish cultures, languages and rhythms, in collaboration with Barcelona-based flamenco fusion trio Calamento and electric guitarist El Rubio. Understandably, Rolling Stone (Spain) calls the album ‘adventurous, a step into the musical unknown’, relaying Sparks' bold musical style. She is joined on stage by Calamento in two live performances this month, delivering a unique blend of comedic audience interaction with soulful singing and playing.
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