Tori Sparks

Tori Sparks

Tori is a professional musician living in Barcelona. Since 2005, Tori has released five albums under the auspices of her own record label, Glass Mountain Records. Her most recent work, El Mar, is a bilingual collaboration with Barcelona-based flamenco fusion trio, Calamento. When on the road, she plays shows in everything from large festivals to small house concerts. Tori writes for Metropolitan on topics dealing with society, culture, art and music, and she enjoys the opportunity it presents to meet fascinating people she might otherwise never come across.


Photo by Tori Sparks

Small live music venues in Barcelona have been under threat for some time, but has the Ajuntament changed its tune? more »

Jul 1, 2016 12:00 AM FEATURES

Tori Sparks meets rock violin soloist Judith Mateo, ahead of her FNAC gig this Thursday. more »

Jun 14, 2016 10:45 AM Previews and reviews

Casa Ronald McDonald provides some home comforts to sick children and their families. more »

Apr 28, 2016 4:02 PM FEATURES


Photos courtesy of Microcultura.

Short attention span? Microcultura is a new cultural concept in the city that breaks performances down into bite-sized chunks. more »

Feb 2, 2016 12:19 PM FEATURES

Tori Sparks guides us through the ins and outs of being ‘autónomo’ in Spain. more »

Jan 4, 2016 3:57 PM Business & Working 1 Comments

A conversation with Joan Armengol, a pioneer of Spanish journalism, and his son Senen, music journalist and TV presenter. more »

Nov 26, 2015 3:38 PM FEATURES

This year marks the Hospital del Mar’s 100th birthday, and the city has been celebrating the centenary with a variety of institutional, scientific and cultural events since last November. more »

Oct 28, 2015 3:41 PM FEATURES


Photo by Jordi Farrera

You may be forgiven for mistaking them for castellers, but the human pyramids formed by the falcons have their own unique style and history. more »

Sep 1, 2015 5:09 PM FEATURES


Photo by Sonia Lucas

The Festes de Gràcia once again brings colour, joy and revelry to the streets this month. Tori Sparks gets behind the scenes at the city’s favourite neighbourhood festival. more »

Jul 28, 2015 5:06 PM WHAT'S ON

Turn your front room into an intimate backdrop for an acoustic performance with our guide to becoming the perfect musical host. more »

Mar 31, 2015 5:23 PM FEATURES

Miguel Montagut is a jazz guitarist and teacher who has been involved with the founding of two music schools in Catalunya. He also teaches privately and performs with a number of local and international artists. more »

Mar 4, 2015 10:38 PM FEATURES


Photo by Yan Pekar

Jazz landed in Barcelona nearly a century ago, but where is it at today and what challenges does the genre face? more »

Mar 2, 2015 5:54 PM FEATURES

A core of musicians in Barcelona is keeping the flamenco fusion genre alive and well. more »

Sep 30, 2014 5:20 PM FEATURES

Barcelona has a growing number of cannabis clubs, where it is legal to smoke marijuana, but all agree that some regulations are urgently needed. more »

Jun 30, 2014 9:38 PM FEATURES 1 Comments

As many of Barcelona’s live music venues close, SoFar Sounds provides some welcome and intimate spaces for concert-goers. more »


Chefs in the Barri Gótic take it all in their stride. By Tori Sparks more »

Feb 3, 2014 10:50 PM EATING AND DRINKING

This festival showcases eclectic art created with recycled materials more »

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM FEATURES

Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War

Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Photographer: Pérez de Rosas

Barcelona has embarked on a major project to show life as it was here after the Spanish Civil War more »

Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM FEATURES

A tale of two Barcelona bookshops more »

Sep 30, 2013 12:00 AM FEATURES

The last Sunday of every month, Apolo 2 is the place to be in Barcelona. Hundreds of couples of all ages congregate to dance to swing music played live and with an unending supply of joyful energy by the 16-piece Barcelona Jazz Orchestra (BJO). more »


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