Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The music performances he hosts on KLCC air during Q; his interviews and features air during The Takeaway, The World and other programs. He joined KLCC in 2010 as a host of the music program Fresh Tracks. He then became the host of the music, arts and culture program Living Large, which brought 800 performances and interviews to the airwaves in 2011-2013. 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 also served there as editor and primary feature writer for The Jefferson Monthly magazine, Morning Edition host and producer of The Questing Feast (a food show). 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.

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Oregon State University
6:06 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Elena Passarello, from Scream to Song

Elena Passarello wins the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.

The tenth anniversary of Presidential candidate Howard Dean’s infamous career-damaging scream is  Sunday, January 19th. Elena Passarello honors this scream, alongside those of Marlon Brando and Roger Daltrey, and the famous Wilhelm Scream, which has been used in 350 movies. Elena Passarello is an Oregon Book Award finalist for her book of essays on the human voice, Let Me Clear My Throat. She was the first woman to win the annual Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest in New Orleans, and teaches at Oregon State University.

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The Very Little Theatre
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

The Language Archive

The Very Little Theatre presents The Language Archive, from January 17th through February 1st. The play is centered around a specialist in dying languages who has trouble with the language of his own life. Director James Aday and assistant director/actress Nancy Hopps join Eric Alan to talk about listening and the language of love.

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WOW Hall
3:27 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Austin Jenckes Live at KLCC

Left to right: Michael Canning, Cody Beebe, Austin Jenckes, Skyler Mehal, Eric Alan.

Austin Jenckes originally hails from the small town of Duvall, Washington, although in recent times he’s been centered in Nashville, and has gained national attention this past year through his appearances as a finalist on NBC’s hit TV show The Voice. Back in the Pacific Northwest for a tour with Seattle band Cody Beebe and the Crooks, he stopped by the KLCC studios with Cody Beebe and Skyler Mehal for an in-studio performance and interview with Eric Alan.

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Newport Visual Arts Center
6:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Slavery On Trial In the Oregon Territory

Author R. Gregory Nokes

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, author R. Gregory Nokes reflects on the legacy of slavery in Oregon, through his book Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory. The book has just been named as an Oregon Book Award finalist. Greg Nokes will speak in Newport and Lincoln City on January 18th and 19th.  He is interviewed here by Eric Alan.

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UO School of Music and Dance
6:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

American Luminosity Uniquely Merges Music, Poetry and Art

Pianist Nathalie Fortin and soprano Laura Wayte.

American Luminosity: Our Poets, Our Composers, Our Art is a multi-media concert at Beall Hall on Friday, January 10th, featuring music by soprano Laura Decher Wayte, pianist Nathalie Fortin , and a string trio. It will include musical adaptations of poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and others. The stage will feature related art by Helen Liu. Eric Alan speaks with Laura Decher Wayte and Helen Liu about the unique collaboration.

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Oregon Contemporary Theatre
8:54 am
Thu January 9, 2014

OCT's Tribes Examines Examines Deafness, Language and Family

Oregon Contemporary Theatre begins 2014 by presenting Nina Raine’s award-winning play Tribes in the Lord Leebrick Playhouse, January 10th through February 1st. The play explores language, hierarchy and the subtle tribes of which we’re all a part. Eric Alan is joined in the KLCC studios by actor Joe Cronin, one of the founders of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre, and Tribes’ director Craig Willis, also artistic director of OCT.

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Tiny Tavern
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kattail Live at KLCC

Kattail performs live at KLCC
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Singer/songwriter Kattail spent several years living in the Willamette Valley, and is now living in Venice Beach, California. Touring behind her self-titled debut CD, which includes a song about Cottage Grove, she stopped in the KLCC studios for a performance in advance of local gigs at Tiny Tavern, Ninkasi Brewing and Hot Mama's Chicken Wings.

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Axe and Fiddle
3:32 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Whitney Monge Live at KLCC

Whitney Monge, live at KLCC.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Seattle soul songwriter Whitney Monge visited the KLCC studios to perform a few songs, in advance of her show at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday evening, January 7th. Here she plays live, and talks with Eric Alan about busking in Seattle, her impending trip to the Redwoods, and refining her sound in the studio in the process of creating her new album.

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Eugene Opera
6:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Eugene Opera's La Traviata

Leah Partridge stars as Violetta in Eugene Opera's La Traviata.

Verdi’s once-controversial opera La Traviata has become an enduring standard. Eric Alan speaks with Andrew Bisantz  and Mark Beudert  about the Eugene Opera’s presentation of La Traviata, including the star power of soprano Leah Partridge, and why Verdi’s musical approach was revolutionary.

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The Jazz Station
3:31 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Halie Loren Live at KLCC

Halie Loren at KLCC, with Mark Schneider on bass. (Not pictured: Matt Treder on keyboards.)
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Halie Loren and her band perform two holiday concerts at The Jazz Station in Eugene, on Friday, December 20th. She’s been out touring behind her new release Simply Love, which quickly reached number one on the Billboard Jazz Charts in Japan, as well as reaching high in the national radio charts in Canada and the U.S. She joined us live in the KLCC studios, along with Matt Treder on the keyboards and Mark Schneider on the bass.

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