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.


Boes e Merdules. Photo by Boa Campbell.

The FiraMediterrània Manresa returns for its 22nd year celebrating Mediterranean performing arts. Local artists take to the stage with numerous artists from across Spain, as well as France, Italy and Macedonia to highlight Mediterranean creativity. Read more



Wayne E Campbell. Photo by Silvia Rocchino.

American artist Wayne E Campbell talks with us about his early years in the San Francisco Bay Area, how political, social and gender issues slip into his work and the ways living and working in Barcelona has influenced him. Read more


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Illustration by Tara Shain

Carmen Amaya, a flamenco legend born in the the seafront shantytown of Somorrostro in Barcelona. Read more


The Musics al Metro programme brings vitality and spirit to Barcelona’s metro system. Read more


Celebrating the culture of independently owned record stores. Read more



'David Bowie is,' installation view. Photo couresty of the Museu del Disseny, Barcelona.

Tori Sparks visits the in-depth retrospective 'David Bowie Is' at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The exhibition has been on a worldwide tour since its inception in 2013. Read more

Local book publishers and sellers throw in their two cents about the state of Barcelona’s literary scene. Read more


Street Design: Palo Alto market celebrates its second birthday. Read more



Photo by Tori Sparks

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


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

Previews and reviews

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



Photos courtesy of Microcultura.

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


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


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. Read more



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. Read more



Photo by Sonia Lucas

The Festes de Gràcia once again brings color, joy and revelry to the streets this month. Tori Sparks gets behind the scenes at the city’s favorite neighborhood festival. Read more


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

Things To Do

Miguel Montagut is a jazz guitarist and teacher who has been involved with the founding of two music schools in Catalunya. Read more



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? Read more


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