Tiny Desk

Marketa Irglova

Download Audio

Marketa Irglova: Tiny Desk Concert

Czech singer Marketa Irglova is the quiet young female half of The Swell Season, the duo that formed out of its members' involvement in the Oscar-winning movie musical Once; her counterpart, Glen Hansard, is the far less quiet older male half who's been in The Frames for roughly two decades. Though they've split up as a couple since their remarkable run a few years ago — Irglova has since married Tim Iseler, with whom she also collaborates musically — Hansard and Irglova continue to work together off and on. In the meantime, though, they've been at work on solo projects, with Irglova releasing the lovely Anar last month.

Given that Irglova was part of one of the most memorable Tiny Desk Concerts ever — it was the longest, for sure, and perhaps the best — it only made sense to bring her back for a show where she gets the spotlight to herself. She may lack Hansard's attention-grabbing presence, but her songs radiate calm, quiet, infectious beauty in their own right.

Irglova brought a new collaborator of her own in Iranian singer-percussionist Aida Shahghasemi, who pulled off the increasingly rare distinction of bringing an instrument (called a daf) that had never been played behind Bob Boilen's desk — not while any of us were looking, anyway. With Shahghasemi's help, particularly in a Farsi-language gem titled "Dokhtar Goochani," Irglova crafted a lovely mix of the exotic and the familiar; of sweetness and longing. Regardless of the context, it's a pleasure to have her back.

Set List
  • "We Are Good"
  • "Dokhtar Goochani"
  • "Let Me Fall In Love"
Credits

Michael Katzif (cameras); edited by Bob Boilen; audio by Kevin Wait; photo by Mallory Benedict/NPR

[+] read more[-] less

More From Tiny Desk

Tiny Desk Concert with Kate Tempest. Lani Milton/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Lani Milton/NPR

Tiny Desk

Kate Tempest

A celebrated English playwright and rapper deploys storytelling and poetry.

Tiny Desk Concert with Songhoy Blue Lani Milton /NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Lani Milton /NPR

Tiny Desk

Songhoy Blues

See a Malian band that fuses African music with Western rock.

Tiny Desk Concert with Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad of Girlpool. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Maggie Starbard/NPR

Tiny Desk

Girlpool

The charming duo performs three of the simple, direct songs from Before The World Was Big.

Tiny Desk Concert with Christopher Paul Stelling. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Morgan McCloy/NPR

Tiny Desk

Christopher Paul Stelling

Best witnessed live, Stelling's music is steeped in tradition yet filled with vitality and soul.

Tiny Desk Concert with And The Kids. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Morgan McCloy/NPR

Tiny Desk

And The Kids

The trio's music is full of life, with dissonant sounds that still feel suited for singalongs.

Tiny Desk Concert with Oddisee Colin Marshall/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Colin Marshall/NPR

Tiny Desk

Oddisee

The charismatic Brooklyn-via-D.C.-area rapper creates just the right amount of space in his music.

Tiny Desk Concert with Hop Along. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Maggie Starbard/NPR

Tiny Desk

Hop Along

Frances Quinlan's raspy voice whispers one moment, then lets loose a gut-punching howl the next.

Tiny Desk Concert with Timothy Showalter, songwriter and producer of Strand of Oaks. Maggie Starbard /NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Maggie Starbard /NPR

Tiny Desk

Strand Of Oaks

Timothy Showalter's music is filled with bite and sometimes regret, but also a good deal of warmth.

Tiny Desk Concert with The Prettiots. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Morgan McCloy/NPR

Tiny Desk

The Prettiots

The clever trio shares its love of everything from Law & Order to old-school girl groups.

Tiny Desk Concert with Anna & Elizabeth. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Emily Jan/NPR

Tiny Desk

Anna & Elizabeth

If you've never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, breathe deep and soak it all in.

Back To Top