Prolific singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has enjoyed an illustrious career that boasts credits with The Frames, The Swell Season and a starring role in the motion-picture film, Once, for which he won an Academy Award. Rhythm and Repose, an album over twenty years in the making, is Hansard’s debut as a soloist. The emotion-provoking work is led primarily by piano and acoustic guitar. Standout tracks include “Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting,” “Maybe Not Tonight” and “You Will Become.” The album also finds Hansard collaborating with music greats, Brad Albetta, Ray Rizzo, Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, David Mansfield, Javier Mas and half of Bruce Springsteen’s current horn section. Rhythm and Repose proves why Hansard is widely considered one of music’s greatest songwriters.
The starring roles in Once, the little movie that could by writer/director John Carney, stars the Frames' Glen Hansard and Czech singer and songwriter Markéta Irglová. The songs, representing those of the character Guy, and his collaborator Girl, are made up of simple and attractive acoustic pop, full of guitars, piano, a small drum kit and electric bass, with some supplemental instruments. Sung by one, the other, or the pair, they offer a sweet and moving little soundtrack to this quirky film that offers no easy answers and asks plenty of questions. Interestingly enough, Hansard and Irglová are real life musical partners. For the film, additional recording on the original material and the supplemental songs written specifically for the cinematic project were done in a studio in Ireland.
Collector's Edition CD / DVD Includes 2 extra tracks and DVD featuring "The Real Life End - A Story on the Making of ONCE" and live performances by the film stars Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova.All Music Guide
A Dublin-based busker and vacuum-cleaner repairman enters into a fruitful relationship with a piano playing florist in a toe-tapping "video album" directed by John Carney and featuring a cast comprised entirely of professional musicians. He (Glen Hansard of the Frames) was a six-stringed street musician. She (Markéta Irglová) was a flower woman who couldn't afford to purchase a piano of her own. One day, after admiring the musician's songs and asking if he would take a look at her broken vacuum, the flower-pushing piano player discovers that she shares a remarkable sonic rapport with the mechanically savvy guitarist. As their musical sensibilities quickly converge to striking effect, the talented pair soon determines to record an album together.
The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markta Irglov-the duo behind the band the Swell Season-when their songwriting collaboration in the indie film Once culminated in a euphoric Oscar win. Behind the scenes, though, a grueling two-year world tour threatened to destroy their remarkable bond.
The Swell Season are Glen Hansard (from the Irish band the Frames) and Marketa Irglova (classically trained Czech pianist and vocalist). In 2007, Once, a film about two people meeting and falling in love on the streets of Dublin, became an indie phenomenon, as audiences everywhere responded to the unassuming charm of the two leads, Glen and Marketa, and the beautiful music they made together. On the way to going gold, the Once soundtrack brought the Swell Season onto the stage of the Academy Awards, where the band won the Best Original Song award. The Limited Deluxe Version includes a bonus live 14 track concert CD and "One Step Away - Live from the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI. May 8, 2008" DVD.amazon.com