Last night, Anna Calvi performed her first concert in Rijeka as part of the Furiosa Cycle of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture. Calvi played an energetic and emotional show at the packed Governor’s Palace Park by mostly promoting songs from her latest album Hunter.

Around 600 people enjoyed the performance of a musician that pushes boundaries at the unique venue in the centre of Rijeka on a warm spring evening. After the concert, Calvi praised her audience: – The audience in Croatia gives me the utmost respect, for which I am truly grateful. Croatia is a wonderful country and I always enjoy playing here, Calvi emphasised.

Having made a name for herself as an emotional songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and fascinating performer, Anna Calvi has been an invaluable part of the British music scene ever since she first emerged 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.

Opening for Anna Calvi last night was the talented songwriter Mary May, who presented herself to the public for the first time six months ago with her debut album “Things You Can’t Put Your Finger On”.

The Furiosa concert cycle of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, which takes place in exceptional locations around Rijeka, showcases music by women musicians who push boundaries, challenge genres and construct new and exciting musical worlds. So far, Furiosa in Rijeka saw performances by Punčke, Ana Antonova, Brutus, Chelsea Wolfe, Inga Mauer and Rrose.

Photo: Tanja Kanazir