'SONGS & WHISPERS'' - CIRCUIT 01/2016 (08.01.2016 – 31.01.2016)

„SONGS & WHISPERS“ – Circuit 01/2016


Steeped in blues from birth, Tori Sparks originally hails from Chicago. Tori later lived and recorded first in country music capital Nashville, Tennessee until she moved overseas to Barcelona, Spain. She spends most of her time on the road all over the world, playing an average of 200 concerts each year. In the last two years alone, Tori played has played shows in 23 countries. A stunning live performer, Tori walks the line between soulful and hilarious, blending ironic stand-up style humor. She has played to thirty people in a house concert, and to 30,000 people at prestigious music festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Bele Chere in Asheville. Since 2005, Tori has released five critically acclaimed albums under the auspices of her own record label (Glass Mountain Records), including her most recent work El Mar, a bilingual collaboration with Spanish flamenco fusion trio Calamento. Called "indescribable, incredible" (Deruting), "adventurous, pushing the envelope"(Rolling Stone), and "unique, an amazing work" (Orpheo), the new album El Mar is the culmination of Tori's varied musical and cultural experiences since she first started touring over a decade ago - and all this at the age of only 30. 

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Den Blues hat die aus Chicago stammende Tori Sparks quasi mit der Muttermilch aufgenommen. Ihre ersten Alben nimmt sie in der Hauptstadt des Country, Nashville, auf, bevor sie nach Barcelona zieht. Sparks verbringt ihre meiste Zeit auf Tour in der ganzen Welt und absolviert dabei pro Jahr durchschnittlich 200 Konzerte. Mit ihren übewältigenden Liveperformances bewegt sie sich auf der Grenze zwischen seelenvoller Melancholie und heiterem, bisweilen ironischem Stand-Up Humor. Sparks kann sowohl ein intimes Wohnzimmer mit 30, als auch ein Festivalpublikum mit 30.000 Zuschauern in ihren Bann ziehen. Referenzen sind da das Montreux Jazz Festival in der Schweiz oder das Bele Chere in Ashville.
Seit 2005 hat sie 5 von Kritikern gefeierte Alben auf ihrem eigenen Album veröffentlicht, inklusive ihrer jüngsten Arbeit „El Mar“, eine bilinguale Kollaboration mit dem spanischen Flamenco-Fusion Trio „Calamento“.

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Influences: Tom Waits, Janis Joplin, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Lhasa de Sela, Ryan Adams, Nina Simone, Martin Sexton, Over the Rhine

"Tori Sparks is a courageous woman... Her new album is in keeping with the tendency to push the envelope that has continually marked her career of this particular artist... she's an adventurer." -Rolling Stone
"Tori Sparks is one of those examples of initiative and perseverance, where pragmatism and artistic intuition has lead her to great heights indeed. She has just released - and self-produced - her fifth album, 'El Mar'... a treasure chest of multiple musical styles."       -La Vanguardia
“Fiery, gutsy delivery. 5 of 5 stars." -All Music Guide


Christopher the Conquered is a songwriter from Iowa, recording
artist, singer, performer, and pianist who makes interstellar soul music. His vision: To bring people together through story and song. To ignite within the listener a hunger for greater self-awareness. To help listeners identify true motivation for their actions and how those actions reflect their beliefs. His approach combines sincerity with satire. Every word he sings comes from a place of love. His solo sets
have impacted thousands of people with their intimacy and grace.
In 2014, Christopher the Conquered was one of five Iowa Arts Council Fellows for the State of Iowa. This support in part enabled to produce his most ambitious album yet, recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN. I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll will be released in early 2016.
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Christopher Ford alias “Christopher The Conquered” beginnt seine Karriere 2007 solo am Piano mit seinem Debutalbum „I guess That´s What We´re Dying For…”.
2008 wächst “The Conquered” von einer One-Man-Show zu der neunköpfigen Band “Christopher The Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band” heran, mit der Ford zwei weitere Alben irgendwo zwischen Soulpop und Indie-Rock veröffentlicht. Nach der Arbeit an einigen Musical- und Filmprojekten, zu denen Ford Originalkompositionen beisteuert, kehrt er zurück zu seinen Wurzeln. Nun präsentiert er seine Songs in ihrer reinsten Form: Eine Stimme und achtundachtzig Tasten. 2016 wird sein bisher ambitioniertestes Album „I´m Giving Up On Rock & Roll“, aufgenommen in den legendären Ardent Studios (Memphis, TN), erscheinen. 
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Influences: Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Jonathan Richman, and John Grant.

"Christopher the Conquered is the real deal." - Ryan Adams
"Impressive" - Consequence of Sound |  Billboard Magazine Feature
"[Christopher the Conquered has] got a buzz going with a sound that is reminiscent of a young Elton John." - Wendy Geller, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Music
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