Glen Hansard: Being still while moving on

Tonight at 8, Glen Hansard plays Berklee Performance Center (136 Mass. Ave., Boston). For more info, visit www.vendini.com or call 617-747-2261.

After winning a Grammy, an Oscar, fronting two successful indie folk acts and starring in and composing the soundtrack for a critically acclaimed motion picture, what else could a musician and actor possibly want to accomplish?

In Irishman Glen Hansard’s case, it was recording his first solo album at the age of 43.

“Rhythm and Repose,” the result of Hansard’s year-long stay in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, captures the melancholy of his recent past. After breaking up with Marketa Irglova, who was part of Hansard’s folk rock duo The Swell Season and the co-star of “Once,” he retreated to the boundless confines of New York.

“I took a holiday from music, rented a place in New York because I liked the idea of being still,” he says, “and New York’s a great place to be still in.”

He has an unusual definition of still, though. Intermingled with days of sleeping late, going to galleries and biking, he wrote some songs. Enough songs, he realized, to make a solo album.

“I didn’t plan on making a solo record yet, but I was taking some time out just to look around and experience things, and the songs happened in that time of repose,” says Hansard.

‘Once’ upon a time

Hansard was a guest on Eddie Vedder’s solo ukulele album and opened on several of the Pearl Jam singer’s tour dates, which he continues to do after his own dates this month.

“I was honored,” he says of opening for Vedder. “It was great being unknown and playing to attract new fans.”

Hansard began his musical career more than 20 years ago with The Frames. While they haven’t recorded since 2006, Hansard has worked with Frames bassist John Carney, who directed him in “Once.”

The low-budget film has since been turned into Broadway play that won eight Tony awards this year.
“If I die being the guy who wrote the songs for ‘Once’ … I won’t mind,” muses Hansard.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.