Markéta Irglová comes to Bimbo’s 365 Club on Oct 23rd!

Czech-born singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová may have not been prepared for the instant fame from her starring role in the movie “Once”, but it positioned her quite nicely on top of the international music scene. The hit independent film was conceived to be director John Carney’s homage to music from a musician’s perspective. A screenplay in the works for six years, the film came to fruition with casting Irish troubadour Glen Hansard (Frames frontman) and the young Markéta Irglová as the two main characters, both who took on the music composition roles for the film. The soundtrack for the movie was written as the film was underway, making the body of the work all encompassing for the cast and crew. The working chemistry was more than simply making a film, and the magic and romance of the songwriting process between Hansard and Irglová caught on film captivated the hearts of fans, musicians, and moviegoers alike. From the viewing at the 2007 Sundance Film festival, “Once” amassed several accolades to the songwriting pair including two Grammy Awards and an Oscar for Best Original Song “Falling Slowly”. The film inspired a touring Broadway production that went on to receive 8 Tony Awards and is still traveling the world including a very successful month-long run at San Francisco’s Curran Theater.

Markéta Irglová has been offered several acting roles from her success in her first and only movie, but she insists on staying true to her musical background. Taking pause from The Swell Season, her collaboration with Hansard, Irglová thrives in her own right as a solo artist. This Fall we find this talented songwriter touring North America toting her second full-length album, Muna, which is slated for release in September. The album’s namesake means “to remember” in Icelandic, and remembering that which has been forgotten is a recurring theme throughout this record. “I had been to Iceland for the first time with the Swell Season,” Markéta says. “I fell in love with it then and was sad to leave, although I knew someday something would bring me back. I am inspired by the open space, the wilderness of the nature, the strong energy coming from the land. There is a harmony, a balance, something that allows for a freer flow of creativity. It is easier to be one with oneself and one with everything and everyone around. This makes for better art, in my opinion.” You can hear a brand new track from Muna, “This Right Here.”

Don’t miss Markéta Irglová on our stage on October 23. Joining her are Frames veterans Joe Doyle and Rob Bochnik. Israeli songstress Rosi Golan will also be touring in support for the North American tour. Tickets are available here.

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