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. 

Ways to Connect

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. 

Photo by Eric Alan

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.   

Photo by Karen Rainsong

Eugene’s 35th and newest SLUG Queen is Queen Santa Frida Babosita, the patron slug of arts and culture. She’s also known as Mija Andrade. She talks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about her goals as the city’s unofficial ambassador, including how it relates to her passion for the arts and her Mexican heritage. 

Photo by Paul Carter

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt (A Parable), explores nuanced aspects of doubt, faith and the power of stories, whether truthful or not.

More storm drains will become murals in the City of Springfield’s Second Annual UpStream Art Installation this Friday, evening August 11th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

The North American Jaw Harpists host the 22nd North American Jew’s Harp Festival, at the Cottage Grove Armory on Friday and Saturday, August 11th and 12th, presented by the nonprofit organization Music Money.

For only the third time in the past century, a total solar eclipse will shadow Oregon, beginning in Lincoln City on Monday, August 21st at 10:15 a.m. KLCC's Eric Alan speaks with particle physicist and astronomer Dr. Jim Brau, former director of the UO Center for High Energy Physics, and the Philip H. Knight Professor of Natural Science.

Photo by Ben Klipfel

The city of Eugene is installing two public pianos, to be artistically enhanced by Jessilyn Brinkerhoff and Mija  Marie, and playable by anyone. Mija Marie and Mindy Linder from City of Eugene Cultural Services speak with KLCC’s Eric Alan about enlivening downtown with playable art.  

Photo by Eric Alan

KLCC's annual special broadcast celebrating the opening of the Oregon Bach Festival was held in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Tuesday, June 27th. Featured were  two masterful performers: Tenor Charles Daniels and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis. Charles Daniels performs the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion in this year's festival, and gives the Hinkle Distinguished Lecture. Simon Martyn-Ellis has built a worldwide reputation as a master on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar, beginning in his native Australia, and performs as part of the OBF company.

Sadie and Bessie Delany were civil rights pioneers: two African-American sisters born in the late 1800s, who each lived to be over 100 years old. Their story is captured in the play Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, which will be given a staged reading by Minority Voices Theatre at Lane Community College’s Downtown Center in Eugene on Sunday, June 25th.

When Anice Thigpen came out as gay in a racist, homophobic family in the south, she lost custody of her children and much more. Decades later, she’s transformed her pain via her original chamber opera The Woman of Salt. Its world premiere will be Friday, June 23rd at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. She speaks to KLCC’s Eric Alan about healing through opera. 

On the Banks of the Tigris: the Hidden Story of Iraqi Music is an award-winning documentary that follows the journey of exiled Iraqi musician Majid Shokor, as he discovers unexpected cultural roots to the music he loved as a child.

Eugene Poetry Slam’s season finale on June 10th  at Tsunami Books will focus on love and sex. Author Wendy Strgar will be a featured guest, with her new book Sex that Works distilled from her blog “Making Love Sustainable.” She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about creating positive intimacy with courage, awareness and gratitude.

Highway 20 runs over three thousand miles, from Boston to Newport Oregon—a road Sal Strom and Lynn Moyers have just traversed in entirety. 

Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty has extended the language of the instrument in contexts of jazz, rock and beyond. His first American appearance was at the Monterey Jazz Festival fifty years ago—an appearance that launched his recording career, which has ranged from his groundbreaking solo CDs for Atlantic Records, to collaborations from Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke, among many others.

Photo by Danielle Knapp

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon, is the next topic in the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring among the Dispossessed, is a book by Dr. Patricia Kullberg, reflecting on her experience in medical practice for the homeless and urban poor in Portland.  She’ll read at the UO bookstore on Wednesday evening, May 24th with book sales to benefit White Bird Clinic. She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about the health costs of poverty, and the need for empathy as well as universal care. 

Ten years ago, Mason Williams was the featured performer for the first event at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Now he returns as a guest at the theater’s 10th anniversary gala on Saturday, May 20th. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about his career, including the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, his instrumental hit “Classical Gas,” his art projects and a new movie he’s in with Tom Hanks and others. 

Socio-Political comedian W. Kamau Bell is the host of the show United Shades of America on CNN, the author of the new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, the host of three podcasts, and star of the stand-up special and comedy album Semi-Prominent Negro. He’ll bring his stand-up comedy show to the Hult Center in Eugene on Friday, May 19th; he speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan from the CNN studios. 

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