Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now


KCRW Brings International Flavor to The Village

From left: The Swell Season’s MarkÈta Irglov·, KCRW producer Ariana Morgenstern and singer Glen Hansard.

The Village Recording Studio in West Los Angeles continues to host live-to-air and live-to-tape sessions for local flagship NPR station KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Producer Ariana Morgenstern and on-air host Nic Harcourt have been bringing up-and-coming artists as well as established artists to the studio for several years, and recently brought in a slew of bands from Europe to The Village for sessions.

The UK’s Bat For Lashes

The Swell Season, featuring singer Glen Hansard from Ireland’s The Frames, with Czech pianist MarkÈta Irglov·, were in Studio A recording a live Morning Becomes Eclectic (MBE) session for KCRW while also filming DVD extras for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Ghian Wright engineered on the classic Neve 8048 console in Studio A, assisted by Vanessa Parr. Wright and Parr also teamed up for another MBE session with the Magic Numbers, comprised of two pairs of brothers and sisters, also in Studio A. Morgenstern produced both sessions.

French electronica pioneers Air

Also in Studio A were the UK band Bat For Lashes, led by Natasha Khan, with Wright engineering and Jared Nugent assisting. The pair was back the following day engineering a live session for MBE with the UK’s M.I.A., again in Studio A. Swedish electronic jazz band Koop also came by Studio A for a live MBE session, with Wright engineering and Chris Owens assisting. Wright also engineered a live-to-air session with French electronica pioneers Air, assisted by Noel Zancanella, also in Studio A.

From left: Nic Harcourt, Lucinda Williams and Ariana Morgenstern.

Lucinda Williams returned to Studio D, where she worked on her latest album, for a live-to-tape MBE session that was engineered by Eric Liljestrand on the room’s AMS Neve 88R console. Parr assisted.

KCRW’s Morgenstern produced all of the sessions, which were also videotaped and are available for streaming on-demand from KCRW’s online archives.

For more information, visit and