Anna Calvi will be performing in Rijeka for the first time as part of the Furioza Cycle, a feature of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project, on Thursday, 23 May 2019 at 8 pm in the beautiful park of the Governor’s Palace (Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka).
The Furioza Cycle, which takes place in exceptional locations in Rijeka, showcases music by women musicians who push boundaries, challenge genres and construct new and exciting musical worlds. Punčke, Ana Antonova, Brutus, Chelsea Wolfe, Inga Mauer and Rrose have all previously performed in Rijeka as part of Furioza’s line-up.
Having made a name for herself as an emotional songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and a fascinating performer, she has been an invaluable part of the British music industry ever since she first emerged on the scene in 2011. Both of her albums, the eponymous debut and the follow-up “One Breath” from 2013, were nominated for the Mercury Prize, while her first album also earned her a BRIT Award nomination for Best New Artist. She has collaborated with greats such as Marianne Faithful and Brian Eno, as well as David Byrne, with whom she worked on the cover EP Strange Weather that was released in 2014. In 2017, she composed the score for the opera The Sandman under the tutelage of Robert Wilson.
Anna Calvi is coming to Rijeka to promote her third album “Hunter”. It is an album of primal percussion, unrestrained guitars and superb lyricism in which Calvi stretches her vocal and guitar expressions outside the boundaries of her previous work and which she comments on by noting: I’ve always liked the idea of the interplay between my voice and the guitar, I wanted to build on that and really evoke a feeling of freedom. It was important to Calvi to make the album as powerful as it is vulnerable and as beautiful as it is harsh; to speak of the prey as much as the hunter. However, at the same time, she doesn’t want to label these characteristics as “male” or “female” – the whole point is that a person can become whatever they want to be, regardless of gender. The strength stems from the contrast itself, as well as the way in which it teeters between the extremes, allowing it to sound freer than ever.
The Furioza Cycle was conceived as part of the Kitchen flagship, a feature of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project that primarily deals with minorities and migration. The Kitchen programmes encompass various areas of cultural and social activity (music, literature, audio-visual activities, innovative artistic and cultural practices, gastronomy and football). With Anna Calvi’s concert performance, the Kitchen flagship also shows its support for the Smoqua Festival of Queer and Feminist Culture.
Tickets are available at the promotional price of HRK 100 until 21 April. The regular priced ticket is HRK 120 until 22 May and HRK 140 on the day of the concert.
Points of sale:
Dallas Music shop Rijeka