Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi
Concierto de Anna Calvi en Sala KGB, Barcelona 01.jpg
Calvi in a performance in Sala KGB, 17 September 2011
Background information
Born(1980-09-24) 24 September 1980 (age 36)
Twickenham, England, United Kingdom
GenresArt rock, alternative rock,indie rock,indie pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, violin, bass, piano, sitar, organ
Years active2005-present
Associated actsDavid Byrne, Marianne Faithfull, Noah and the Whale, The Invisible, Brian Eno, Cheap Hotel, Cherry Brakewells, Swampus Trio, Lunatic Crash


Anna Margaret Michelle Calvi (given birth to 24 Sept 1980) can be an British singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her eponymous debut record was released in britain in 2011 and was nominated for the Mercury Award and gained her a nomination for United kingdom Breakthrough Act on the 2012 Brit Honours. Her second record One Breath premiered in 2013 through Domino Information and was also nominated for the Mercury Award.

Early life

Anna Calvi was created Anna Margaret Michelle Calvi on 24 Sept 1980 in Twickenham for an British mom and Italian dad, both of whom are therapists. She spent a lot of the first 3 years of her existence in a medical center going through treatment and surgeries to improve congenital hip dysplasia. "Just how I handled that was to produce my own globe. And that is what my romantic relationship with music is usually – an environment of my very own creation which i escape into. I had been usually a dreamer. The first things stick to you," she later on remembered. Calvi was raised exposure to a variety of styles of music by her music-loving Italian dad; this eclectic array ranged from Captain Beefheart towards the Rolling Rocks to Maria Callas, coupled with an early knowledge of traditional music, "I had been so used by the audio. Whenever I noticed an instrument I'd get so thrilled and my center would beat actually fast."Calvi first found the violin at 6, and acoustic guitar at 8. "Something would consider me over whenever I'd noticed an electric electric guitar," she afterwards recalled. By age 10 she was utilizing a dual cassette karaoke machine to overdub her playing. She had become much inspired by 20th hundred years composers Messiaen, Ravel, and Debussy, enticed "towards the impressionistic component of the music", and would make an effort to recreate this sense on your guitar, a musical instrument she was compelled to understand on finding Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix at age 13.Calvi originally designed to research art, but rather opted for a qualification in music. She went to College or university of Southampton where she researched violin and electric guitar, graduating using a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2003. After graduating, Calvi proved helpful as a electric guitar teacher, giving personal lessons to greatly help fund her music profession until 2010. In Oct 2015, having been previously nominated double for the prize herself, Calvi became a member of the panel once again to choose the winner from the 2015 Mercury Award. The -panel also features Nick Mulvey, Corinne Bailey Rae and broadcaster John Kennedy.

Music career

2008–2010: Early projects

Calvi didn't begin performing until her mid-twenties. "I put a phobia about any of it until five years back," she stated in 2011. "I wouldn't sing in college and even in the shower. I had formed this emotional stop about hearing my tone of voice. So the acoustic guitar became my tone of voice once i was an adolescent, it had been how I possibly could communicate myself." In order to discover her own tone of voice Calvi offers spoken of how she'd lock herself in an area for extended periods of time, performing along to information by Edith Piaf and Nina Simone.Calvi formed many rings, including Cheap Resort, who released 1 download-only solitary (NY), which didn't chart. Calvi later on fulfilled multi-instrumentalist Mally Harpaz and drummer Daniel Maiden-Wood, who ultimately formed her music group.At an early on gig, Calvi caught the interest of Bill Ryder-Jones who urged Laurence Bell of Domino Documents to indication her. Early support also originated from Brian Eno, who found out about Calvi through a pal. He offers since become her unofficial coach describing her throughout a BBC 6 Music interview as "the largest point since Patti Smith."In the autumn of 2009 Calvi documented some filmed Attic Sessions which were uploaded onto YouTube, including a cover of Leonard Cohen's Joan of Arc, Elvis Presley's Surrender, TV around the Radio's Wolf Like Me and David Bowie's Sound & Eyesight.Calvi played guitar around the monitor The Prizefighter as well as the Heiress on Johnny Flynn's recording Been Hearing, and in Oct 2009 she continued to aid Flynn on tour.This year 2010 Calvi backed Interpol on the UK tour, aswell as label-mates the Arctic Monkeys on the Shepherd's Bush Empire. Nick Cave also asked her to aid Grinderman across European countries in Oct 2010.On 11 Oct 2010, Calvi released her debut single one Jezebel, a 1951 tune originally compiled by Wayne Shanklin and produced famous by Frankie Laine and France chanteuse Edith Piaf. Both Jezebel as well as the B-side Moulinette had been documented by Rob Ellis, and released on limited model 7" and digital download. Live variations of both Jezebel and Moulinette had been filmed on the Luminaire place in London by Emma Nathan, who also made the vinyl fabric artwork.

2011–2012: Debut album

Anna Calvi released her debut album in the united kingdom and European countries through Domino Information on 17 January 2011, to critical acclaim. It moved into the state UK graphs at amount 40, and attained similar achievement across European countries, charting at 17 in France, 33 in Austria, 40 in Switzerland, 55 in Sweden and 70 in Germany. In France, relating to Q publication, Calvi "is becoming an overnight celebrity, the recording debuting in the very best 20." The recording premiered in USA, Australia, and Japan on 1 March 2011.Calvi co-produced the recording with long-term PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis. Brian Eno sang support vocals on Desire and Suzanne & I, Dave Okumu from your music group The Invisible sang support vocals around the song FORGET ABOUT Terms, and long-term collaborator Emma Nathan produced the recording artwork. "I observe music quite aesthetically and I love to produce atmospheres... I love to try and produce a whole globe in the area of a track," described Calvi. Within an interview using the Telegraph Calvi stated of composing the recording "'I imagine the various instruments as colors, therefore it feels as though painting. I want music to result from a really psychological place. With my music I really do prefer to hypnotise people and consider them someplace else. I love to gradually draw people right into a world."NME gave the recording 9 out of 10, describing it all while NME described it all seeing that "sumptuous, seductive and a little scary, this velvety debut can stalk your dreams.", and stating that "this self-titled assortment of 10 tracks could very well be the initial great record of 2011." Uncut mag said "This is not only a great debut. It's a fearless rejection of current pop developments, fashioning a benchmark of strength and originality that the others of the year's albums will battle to match.", whilst The Journey magazine known as it an "arresting, sparse and darkly captivating listen." The Evening Regular said "the organic talent is certainly undeniable: 2011 is certainly Calvi’s for the acquiring".Calvi launched the record to sold-out show on the personal Hoxton Hall in London on 27 January 2011.The album was nominated for the Mercury Award, which went instead to PJ Harvey. In January 2012, Calvi was honored the European Boundary Breakers Prize. Calvi was nominated in the very best British Discovery category on the BRIT Honours 2012.In the summertime of 2012, Calvi was among the judges for the Mercury Music Award.Calvi took period off saving in November 2012 to sing on the Noah as well as the Whale tune called "Center of Nowhere", released in-may 2013.

2013–present: One Breath

Calvi announced on 5 August 2013 that her second album titled 1 Breath was to become released on Domino Information on 7 Oct. Her announcement was along with a truck filmed by Emma Nathan. The record was made by John Congleton and documented in Blackbox Studios, France aswell as Elmwood Documenting Studios, Tx. Calvi has described the name as: "One Breathing is the second before you need to open up yourself up, and it's really about how exactly terrifying that's. It's scary and it's really thrilling. It is also full of wish, because whatever must happen hasn't occurred yet.""Eliza" was the 1st single through the album, accompanied by "Instantly", both featuring movies directed by Emma Nathan.Calvi told Mojo newspaper that whereas Anna Calvi was recorded on / off over 3 years, A single Breath took simply six weeks and was less of the problem to complete than its forerunner. Calvi has stated that she have been hearing composers John Adams and Steve Reich, aswell as choral music, for motivation while composing the record.Anna Calvi talked towards the Guardian about "A single Breathing" saying: “We wished to explore the sensation of being uncontrollable, and how this is very scary yet thrilling at exactly the same time. It’s generally vital that you me which the music tells the storyplot just as much as the lyrics, therefore i was very centered on creating wealthy textures and lots of atmosphere for the music to can be found in. This record was produced during a significant turbulent amount of time in my entire life and I love the way I could believe that in the music while i pay attention back.”"One Breathing" received critical compliment upon release, using the Independent getting in touch with the record “an LP that rumbles with lusty insistence, swoons with bliss, luxuriates in cinematic design and nudges Calvi’s emotive tone of voice to clean operatic levels”.The album was nominated for the Mercury Award. That is Anna Calvi's second Mercury Award nomination.Anna Calvi's first EP - a assortment of addresses titled "Strange Climate" - premiered on 15 July 2014. The EP presented David Byrne (Speaking Mind) and contains tracks by Keren Ann, FKA Twigs, Connan Mockasin, Suicide, and David Bowie.On 3 March 2015 Anna Calvi confirmed via her Facebook web page that she'd be saving a monitor for the 2015 technology fiction film, "The Divergent Series: Insurgent". Entitled, "The Center Of You”, it's been compiled by Andrew Wyatt and made by Adrian Utley (Portishead) at REAL LIFE Studios. The movie's soundtrack premiered on 17 March 2015 through Interscope Information and features additional performers including Woodkid, Lykke Li, M83, HAIM, Royal Blood, SOHN, Zella Day time, and Picture DragonsCalvi was once more a judge in the 2015 Mercury Music Reward.On 4 Feb 2016, Anna Calvi featured on "Strung Out in Heaven, a David Bowie addresses EP" arranged by Jherek Bischoff and Amanda Palmer following a loss of life of David Bowie on 10 January 2016. Anna Calvi booked a studio room in London on three times notice, adding her tone of voice and guitar towards the monitor "Blackstar." The EP also features Neil Gaiman and John Cameron Mitchell. Subsequently, carrying out a shifting rendition of "Blackstar" for the David Bowie tribute display at Radio Town Music Hall. Described by Anna as “A marvelous moment".In 2017, Anna Calvi announced that she wrote the music for an opera. 'The Sandman' was predicated on the brief tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann, and aimed by Robert Wilson. The play premiered on 3rd Might on the Ruhrfestspiele Celebration, Recklinghausen, Germany and works there until 9th Might, and it transfers towards the Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf.

Live shows

Calvi is well known on her behalf intense guitar taking part in and live show. She has stated that she attempts to create the noises of other devices through her acoustic guitar. Aesthetically, Calvi nods to the globe of flamenco in her stage clothes, deciding on the high trousers and blouse of the male dancer as opposed to the traditional frilled gown.Pursuing her debut album launch display at Hoxton Hall in London, Calvi received over critics with her "performance of superb self-possession and dramatic timing." The Indie known as her a "strumming seductress" who was simply "born to become heard personally" playing "with every ounce of enthusiasm."Calvi's Western tour in Fall months 2011 was filmed and released like a 2 component series called "Somewhere Along the Collection".Calvi performed a brief headline tour in France, Spain and Portugal in November and Dec 2013.Anna began 2014 having a Tour of the united kingdom in Feb before going to European countries throughout March. The Guardian offered Anna's February overall performance at London's Troxy theatre a four celebrity review, stating it "confirm[ed] Calvi as today's acoustic guitar hero of outstanding talent and creativity". Following the show in the Troxy, Anna performed a romantic "solo display" to 150 followers in the George Tavern. Critiquing this special overall performance, Gigwise stated that "close up and personal, the microscope shows the nuances and flourishes that produce Calvi the rarest of skill".On 24 March 2014, Anna Calvi announced two displays in-may in Sydney and Melbourne, within her Australian Tour. She also performed on 1 June being a vocal visitor alongside the Traditions Orchestra because of their Giorgio Moroder tribute.Calvi returned to Glastonbury Celebration on 28 June 2014 for the performance in the Park stage.Calvi was particular to aid Morrissey for his present on the O2 Area in London on 29 November 2014.Anna also collaborated with Marianne Faithfull on her behalf 2014 album monitor, "Falling Back again". Subsequently, Anna performed this monitor with Marianne Faithfull in the BBC's Afterwards with Jools Holland Television show on 23 Sept 2014.In Dec 2014, Calvi performed a one off show using the innovative and eclectic Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley. New orchestral variations of monitors from Mercury award nominated albums Anna Calvi and One Breathing aswell as her EP Unusual Weather had been performed at St John’s Cathedral in Hackney, London. The concert was a sold-out event which also noticed guest performances from Patrick Wolf, Charlie Fink from music group, Noah as well as the Whale and Dave Okumu manufacturer and musician in the music group Invisible. Calvi acquired also caused the Traditions Orchestra previously in the Giorgio Moroder present as the Sydney Opera Home.Summer 2015 found Calvi leave again using the Traditions Orchestra across European countries including appearances in the BSG Event in Istanbul, Heartbeats Event in Lille as well as the Cactus Event in Bruges.In March 2016, Anna was area of the, Pieces of a guy: The Gil Scott-Heron Task. "A special event of the life span and legacy from the famous American spirit and jazz poet, musician, and writer" together with Convergence Event in London. Beneath the direction from the Invisible's Dave Okumu, an ensemble of visitor vocalists and poets, including Andreya Triana, Kwabs and Jamie Woon performed reinterpretations of Scott-Heron’s music. "Anna Calvi shipped a menacing rock-opera undertake "Me AS WELL AS THE Devil".On June 8, 2016, Anna performed using the Heritage Orchestra Voices, in Cardiff within Festival of Tone of voice.In July 2016, Anna Calvi & Jherek Bischoff performed ‘Woman Grinning Spirit’ in the BBC Proms David Bowie unique.

Style and influences

Calvi frequently runs on the (90s US) Fender Telecaster electric guitar and an antique crimson Vox AC30 amp, both live and in the studio room. She's been known as a virtuoso guitarist, although her initial instrument may be the violin, where she's a university level. Calvi imagines playing electric guitar as an orchestra and it is noted on her behalf particular design of playing that involves striking the strings within a round motion, instead of strumming along. The result continues to be defined by Q as "the prodigious clean of audio that recall Ennio Morricone, Duane Eddy, also Jimi Hendrix in its fluidity."Calvi continues to be in comparison to other feminine singers such as for example PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux. and it is noted on her behalf effective operatic voiceCalvi's style continues to be referred to as dark, intimate, atmospheric pop. The vocalist has said which the power of lust are an motivation, and her shows are intentionally sexually billed. Calvi offers cited Nina Simone, Maria Callas, the rock and roll of Jimi Hendrix as well as the Rolling Rocks, the blues of Captain Beefheart, the stage shows of David Bowie, Nick Cave, Morrissey and Scott Walker aswell as traditional composers Carlo Gesualdo, Messiaen, Ravel and Debussy as among her affects.Calvi in addition has spoken from the influence from the movies of Gus Vehicle Sant, Wong Kar-Wai and David Lynch on her behalf music. She admires "individuals who make beautiful movies where in fact the cinematography tells the storyplot", and attempts to accomplish the same in her personal work.


On 1 Dec 2010 Calvi performed on the Colette display in Paris within the Area of Curiosities exhibition by Thomas Erber.Calvi was invited to try out on the Gucci supper that was hosted by Vogue through the 2011 Haute Couture Paris style week. Frida Giannini, innovative movie director at Gucci, also decided to go with clothes for Calvi to use during her May 2011 US tour. Calvi opened up the brand new Gucci Sydney shop on 30 November 2011.Calvi also performed on the Fendi public sale in-may 2014 in Sotheby's in London, with the Chloe Paris F/W event on 28 Sept 2014.The style designer Karl Lagerfeld has said he's a fan of her music, and has photographed Calvi for the Maison Michel Fall Winter 2011 lookbook.Sir Paul Smith photographed Calvi for the cover of L'Express Designs.Calvi was invited onto the Chanel desk for the Amfar charity event on the 2011 Cannes Film Celebration.On 28 Sept 2014 Anna Calvi accompanied Marianne Faithful within a headline performance on the Chloé fashion present in Paris, France.On 20 Feb 2017, Anna Calvi performed four of her own paths (including two brand-new tracks) and a cover of Christine as well as the Queens 'iT' on the Burberry London Style Week present with strings and a choir through the Heritage Orchestra. All five paths had been released as the 'Live for Burberry' EP.


Studio albums

List of studio room albums, with selected graph positions and certifications Name Details Peak graph positions Qualifications UK AUT BEL (FLA) BEL (WAL) FRA GER IRL SWE SWI US Temperature Anna Calvi Released: 17 January 2011 Label: Domino Information Formats: Compact disc, LP, digital download 40 33 9 36 17 70 72 55 40 42 1 Breathing Released: 7 Oct 2013 Label: Domino Information Formats: Compact disc, LP, digital download 32 69 20 40 33 79 31 — 56 30


Set of EPs, showing season released and record name Season EP Record 2014 "Strange Climate" Released: 15 July non-album paths 2017 "Live for Burberry" Released: 20 Feb live tracks


Set of singles, teaching season released and record name Year One Record 2010 "Jezebel / Moulinette" Released: 11 Oct non-album paths 2011 "Blackout / Surrender" Released: 21 March Anna Calvi "Desire / Joan of Arc" Released: 20 June "Suzanne and We" / "Baby It's You" Released: 12 Sept 2012 "Jezebel (Edition Française) / Wolf Like Me personally" Released: 20 Feb non-album paths 2013 "Eliza / A Kiss To Your Twin" Released: 1 Oct One Breathing "Endless Globe / 1970s Blowing wind" Released: 7 Oct Bonus 7" vinyl fabric with Special Model LP of 1 Breathing "Suddenly / Fireplace" Released: 23 Dec One Breathing 2014 "Piece by Piece" Released: 31 March "Strange Climate" (with David Byrne) Released: 26 July (FR #123) Strange Climate EP

Recording Features

Year Artist Monitor title Recording Contribution 2009 Johnny Flynn "The Prizefighter as well as the Heiress" Been Hearing Acoustic guitar 2013 Noah AS WELL AS THE Whale "Heart Of Nowhere" Non-album monitor Vocals 2014 Marianne Faithfull "Falling Back again" Provide My Want to London Support Vocals 2016 Jherek Bischoff and Amanda Palmer "Blackstar" Strung Out in Heaven, a David Bowie addresses EP Vocals and Acoustic guitar 2016 The Invisible "Like Me Again" Persistence Vocals

Film Syncs

Year Track Name Film 2015 "The Center of You" Insurgent

Awards and nominations

Year Company Nominated work Prize Result 2010 BBC Audio of 2011 Anna Calvi Audio of 2011 Nominated 2011 Mercury Prize Anna Calvi Best Record Nominated 2011 UK Celebration Honours Anna Calvi Best Discovery Musician Nominated 2011 Western european Festivals Honours Anna Calvi Newcomer of THE ENTIRE YEAR Nominated 2012 Eurosonic Noorderslag Anna Calvi Western european Border Breakers Prize (UK) Won 2012 The Guardian Anna Calvi Initial Album Prize Nominated 2012 Brit Honours Anna Calvi Uk Breakthrough Action Nominated 2012 Western european Festivals Honours Anna Calvi Newcomer of THE ENTIRE YEAR Nominated 2014 AIM Separate Music Award One particular Breathing Best 'Tough' Second Record Nominated 2014 Mercury Prize A single Breath Best Record Nominated