Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The interviews and performances he hosts air on KLCC as local inserts during programs including The Takeaway, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and The World . Previously, he spent seventeen years at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, where he was music director and host of the daily music show Open Air. He is a nationally published author and photographer with three books to his credit, ranging from nature spirituality to major league baseball. He also works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, regularly contributing words and photographs to the project “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” He is an accomplished lyricist as well, with credits ranging from international recording artists Gypsy Soul to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. He has served on the board of the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and is a founding board member of Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy. 

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An ensemble from the Oregon Mozart Players performed in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday evening, December 12th, in front of a live studio audience. OMP artistic director Kelly Kuo led the ensemble and performed on keyboard, with Della Davies on violin, Ann Grabe on cello, and Jill Pauls on flute. The evening's program featured Telemann's Paris Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Handel's Trio Sonata in B Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, and Bach's Trio Sonata from Musical Offering, BWV 1079. The evening was hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan.

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Oregon is unique among states, in having created a funding model for the arts, heritage and humanities through the Oregon Cultural Trust. Via tax credits, the trust supports statewide partners, tribal and county coalitions, and qualified cultural nonprofits.

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The Sixth Annual Caldera Songwriters benefit concert for the Egan Warming Center will be this evening, December 8th, at Tsunami Books in Eugene. All proceeds will benefit the warming center, which ensures that homeless people have shelter during extreme cold weather. Donations of clothing and toiletries will also be accepted. Three of the many songwriters performing this evening are here in the KLCC studios, including Anna Tivel, Jeffrey Martin and Beth Wood. 

Eugene native Robin Jackson and his seven-piece band the Caravan return to town to celebrate their new release Dark Stars with a show at Sam Bond’s Garage on December 16th. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the album’s intimate orchestral sound, and how it relates to the other projects in which he’s been central: Vagabond Opera, the Marchfourth Marching Band, the Joy Now Art Project for kids, and Portland’s Songwriter Soiree. 

They Call Me Q is a one-woman play written by Qurrat Ann Kadwani, telling her story as a person born in India but growing up in the Bronx, seeking an identity balancing heritage with a desire for acceptance in her new culture. She will give a free performance of it in the Blue Door Theater at Lane Community on Monday, November 27th, with discussion and international food to follow. 

Lane Community College has established an artist-in-residence program, which has brought two interdisciplinary artists to the campus from elsewhere this fall. One artist is Hong Hong, born in China, now residing in Hartford Connecticut. 

The Inner World of Aphasia is a 1967 film by Eugene filmmakers Edward and Naomi Feil, which explores the inability to speak due to a brain injury. It tells the story in a way which uniquely combines the techniques of art films and medical education films. As part of the Schnitzer Cinema series, it will be screened at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene on Wednesday, November 15th at 7 p.m. Ken Feil is the son of the filmmakers, and senior scholar in residence in the Department of Media and Visual Arts at Emerson College.

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Mirror-touch synesthesia is a rare neurological trait causing an unusual crossing of senses. Amy van der Linde, piano teacher and parenting educator, speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about how she has applied her experience with synesthesia to explore the nature of happiness. She’ll give a talk called Happy Brain, Happy Being at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Thursday, November 16th.

Down Range is an exhibit of art by thirteen veterans, on display now through December 23rd at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s Art Center in Roseburg—a building which opened a century ago as the Roseburg Soldiers Hospital.

Ari Shapiro is known to KLCC listeners as a host of NPR’s All Things Considered, and as a reporter who has filed compelling stories from across the globe.

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The stories of Lane County immigrants are told in the play Now I Am Your Neighbor, performed next at Oregon Contemporary Theater on Tuesday, November 7th. Among the stories told in the play is that of Rosie Hernandez, who arrived in Lane County from Mexico in 1987. She and playwright Nancy Hopps talk about the play and its meanings with KLCC’s Eric Alan.

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This fall, over thirty pianists in nine countries will participate in Climate Keys, a project pairing concerts and climate change talks. Locally, pianist Alexander Schwarzkopf will pair with geologist Gregory Retallack, on November 8th at First United Methodist in Eugene, in a benefit for 350 Eugene. KLCC’s Eric Alan speaks with Alexander Schwarzkopf and Deb McGhee, co-founder of 350 Eugene.

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Ursula K. LeGuin’s classic 1969 science fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness explores themes of a world beyond gender, as well as issues of loyalty and betrayal. In the past five years, she has worked with theatre director John B. Schmor, to collaboratively produce an evolving stage version. 

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Saxophonist Idit Shner has made her mark in both the jazz and classical worlds, and finds inspiration from literature in the form of her new release 9 Short Stories, upon which she’s joined by a Texas jazz trio. Idit Shner will perform twice in Eugene, first as part of the Broadway House Concerts series on October 28th, honoring Duke Ellington’s saxophonist Johnny Hodges, and in a CD release show at the Jazz Station on November 4th. 

The first annual Northwest Different Arts and Music Showcase (NODAMS) celebrates experimental sounds and music, inspired in part by a parallel festival in Olympia Washington, and by the Dada and surrealist movements of a century ago.

The Sprout Film Festival presents films realistically portraying the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Locally, the 10th annual festival is presented by Full Access, which provides services and support to people with those disabilities. It will screen at Lane Community College’s main campus and Cottage Grove campus on Thursday, October 19th, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Friday, October 20th, and at the Broadway Metro Theater on Saturday, October 21st.  April Wick, Executive Director of Full Access, speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan. 

Mac McAnally has been named the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year for eight consecutive years. Besides writing hits for many country stars and performing as part of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, he’s released sixteen albums of his own. The latest one is Southbound, which puts his songs in an orchestral context.

Oregon Mozart Players have just announced a three-year contract extension for artistic director Kelly Kuo. He talks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about why he loves the ensemble and community, and what’s ahead for the season, which begins with a concert called Revolution! on Saturday, October 7th in Beall Hall on the UO campus.   

Isaac Marquez has recently been named as Director of City of Eugene Cultural Services, responsible for oversight of the city’s Community Events and Public Art Programs, the Hult Center, and the Cuthbert Amphitheater.

Maria Hinojosa has hosted NPR’s Latino USA for 22 years. She brings a unique perspective about what it means to be American, which she will present as part of Oregon Humanities Center’s “We the People” lecture series on October 5th. She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about her views on being American, her sense of civic duty, and all of our roles in challenging conversations about identity.  

Legendary Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira has performed with Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Weather Report, Return to Forever, and his wife Flora Purim, among many others. He’ll appear at the Florence Events Center on Saturday, October 7th, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Siuslaw School District Music Education Programs. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan.

Eugene Opera is reinventing itself, after canceling half of its previous season due to financial difficulties. New executive director Erika Rauer [rhymes with “tower”] outlines the organization’s new creative and financial vision, with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

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Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph has 32 albums to his credit over the past three decades, including his most recent one, Sanctuary. Lately, he’s also founded a non-profit organization called “Let Yourself Trust,” been nominated for “Hardest Working Artist” in the UK’s Independent Music Awards, and written music for Parliament’s “Sweet Liberties” project, celebrating 800 years of British democracy. 

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Garvar Brummett spent many years being homeless and did prison time for bank robbery, as well as dealing with abuse and addiction. Now he’s a drug and addition counselor, motivational speaker, and the author/illustrator of the book The Scent of Jasmine Cools the Rage.

Soprano Renee Fleming is one of music’s most accomplished vocalists, with her accolades including multiple Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, bestowed upon her by President Obama.

The enduring legacy of six Oregon poets is honored in Erik Muller’s new book Durable Goods: An Appreciation of Oregon Poets. The four of those poets still living--including Barbara Drake, Paulann Petersen, Clemens Starck and Lex Runciman--will be featured at the Windfall Reading Series at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on September 19th. Erik Muller speaks with Eric Alan about poetry as an education of emotions; a venue to explore place, community and ourselves. 

The unhealed wounds of the Vietnam War still persist, as do the bonds between those who served there. Both are explored in the film Tripwire!¸which focuses on the experiences of local veteran Marc Waszkiewicz and his fellow Marines.

Thirty-five years ago, the Hult Center in Eugene opened its doors, forever changing the city’s cultural landscape. In celebration, the venue will host a day of free events on September 16th. Joining KLCC’s Eric Alan to look ahead and look back are general manager Theresa Sizemore, and ticket office manager Marcia James, who has worked at the Hult Center since 1982.

History and the present merge in Singing Creek Educational Center’s Grandparent’s Pioneer Tea. The event honors elders on National Grandparents Day, September 10th, in a one-room schoolhouse in Junction City. Singing Creek’s Executive Director, Karen Rainsong, speaks with Eric Alan about honoring elders, and the relevance of pioneer values in the modern day.  

Noah Strycker set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds in one year. Stories from his global adventure are collected in his new book, Birding without Borders. He talks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the memorable journey, before speaking at the Oregon Shorebird Festival in Charleston on Labor Day Weekend.   

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