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MARKETA IRGLOVA

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Marketa Irglová's calling in life came when she was chosen in 2006, at the age of eighteen, to write music for a small independent movie, then co-star in the production. "Once," an award-winning critic and fan favorite, as "The Little Film That Could." And it did, when one of the songs written and performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa, "Falling Slowly," went on to win each of them an Academy Award in 2008 for Best Original Song. It's been nearly 4 years since host Jon Stewart brought Marketa back up on the stage to allow her the time to finish her acceptance speech when she was cut off by the music. A first in the Awards history, and a moment that took her from relative obscurity to Yahoo's most searched person in one day.

Marketa Irglová was born in the Czech Repbulic in 1988. Her father was a concert promoter, and music was a constant in her household, where she began piano lessons at age 8, and started guitar lessons a year later, at her mother's insistence, because a piano would be "too impractical to haul around." By the time she was 12, she was considered a child prodigy by many in her home country and on the fast track to becoming a classical pianist.

In 2004, Marketa met Glen Hansard of the band, "The Frames," through her father, who was promoting their shows. A friendship was struck and the seeds for what would become "The Swell Season" took root. She has toured and recorded with "The Swell Season" and as a vocalist in the band "Iron and Wine," loaned her voice to an episode of "The Simpsons," and given feedback on the upcoming musical version of "Once," slated for Broadway in 2012.

Her first solo album, "Anar," was released on October 11, 2011. I will play selections on the show from this great CD.

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