Berlin / Heimathafen Neukölln / Anna Calvi

Posted: September 30, 2013 by vals81 in Berlin, Heimathafen Neukölln, Rock
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Anna Calvi (8/10)
Start 22:00 / End 23:15
The amount of people in line at Heimathafen before 8 p.m. was predictable, and a proof of the Berliners’ love for this artist. The concert was sold out as the last time, when Anna Calvi played in Astra. This time the venue was partially provided with chairs and, furthermore, the Heimathafen old dance hall, offered the possibility to comfortably follow the gig from the balcony: a proper choice of venue for a concert like this. Next October 7, Anna Calvi’s new work “One Breath” will be released, and this concert was a great chance to taste her new songs. Her latest album was released more than two years ago, in 2011, and it is now time to hear something new from the woman who Brian Eno called “the biggest thing since Patti Smith“. Before Anna came on stage, “I have a Tribe”, a young songwriter, played for about 30 minutes guitar and keyboard alternatively, singing with his nice voice intimate songs which, although nice, became a bit boring after a while. Finally, at 10 p.m., Anna and her band appeared on stage and started with “Susanne and I” for the joy of all fans. After this song the band proposed a set of new song, among them the already known single “Eliza” and the unknown “Cry”, which hit for its edged guitar sounds. Listening to the new songs for the first time there’s the impression that the rage and the darkness, transmitted by Anna’s voice on the debut album, are now expressed mainly with the instruments sound, more various and able to change drastically within the song itself. A new sound which always keeps the characteristics that let Anna Calvi receive some many awards and reach such a big success. Old hits such as “Desire”, “Blackout” enriched the concert among others,  acquiring an even new flavour, because Anna re-interpreted them. Anna played her several guitars and was accompanied by drums, keyboard, xylophone and a sort of mix between an organ and an accordion. What made the real difference was Anna’s voice, always outstanding, being at the same time dark, romantic, and atmospheric. Some nice and proper light effects with a cloudy sky as fixed scenic design, completed and supported the show. The concert ended with “Jezebel”, a 1951 song originally written by Wayne Shanklin and brought to fame by Frankie Laine and French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Anna Calvi shows to be a continuous source of talent; pre-order the new album now, there won’t be any regret!


Venue: Heimathafen Neukölln
Price: 26,55€ at Koka36
Setlist: Anna Calvi

Berlin, 29.09.2013

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