A Couple Breaks Up, But The Band Plays On : All Songs Considered : NPR
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova during their time together wished former lover Marketa Irglova well after she revealed she got married. Need Help? Email customer service [email protected] or call between the EST hours of 6am- 8pm weekdays; 6am-5pm. Oscar winner Marketa Irglova, who once dated Glen Hansard, has married an American studio engineer while visiting family in the Czech.
Greetings were exchanged, and many songs were sang as is the custom when both Irish and Czech people get together. Glen agreed to play it with the condition that Marketa would sing along. Instantaneously the band was struck by her talents and invited her to perform with them the next day at a local music festival called Spalicek.
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During this time Glen became a dear friend to the family and visited their home during times of repose from touring. He also became a musical mentor to Marketa and in turn used her as a soundboard for new material he was writing.
Her classical training offered a welcome counter point to his learn-as-you-go approach that had been mined since the age of fourteen. The seeds for what would become The Swell Season took root at this time.
The two entered a studio in the Czech Republic and recorded close to twenty songs for the film. Glen said he knew a girl in Czech Republic who could be just what he was looking for except she was only John asked Glen to invite Marketa to come to Ireland and audition for the part, which he did. Marketa gladly accepted, took time off school and boarded a plane to Dublin. Towards the end before people scattered back to their homes, John asked Marketa to play him something on the piano.
She performed a few classical pieces which she had prepared for this purpose and John offered her the part.
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This chance offer accepted by both would reward them handsomely. He was kicking around an idea about an Irish busker having an affair with a woman from somewhere in Europe and discovering his artistic powers through it. But after watching the two of them, Carney decided to cast Irglova, who was a total innocent to the ways of film and only 18 years old.
Several more prominent actors, including Cillian Murphy, declined to work with the green Irglova, so Carney turned to his old fellow band member, Hansard, who had appeared in a minor role in the cult rock film The Commitments.
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But by the summer ofthey were apart, although still performing and recording together with The Swell Season. Irglova connected with Tim Iseler on their sound crew, eventually marrying him, and so all the people who had watched Hansard and Irglova fall in love while making music now watched it painfully unspooling in reverse.
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But Hansard and Irglova were no longer playing the leads in the show, onstage or off, and things got tougher. As Hansard told vulture.
In the spring ofjust as Tony Award hysteria was getting ready to engulf Once on Broadway, Irglova had her own drama. Then she went off the radar for a year. Her only connection with the world has been her Facebook pagewhere she apologized on Apr.