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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Bestselling author Laurie Notaro’s new book is Crossing the Horizon. The historical novel focuses on the lives of three early women pilots--Elsie McKay, Ruth Elder and Mabel Boll--each striving to be the first woman to complete a flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Rachael McDonald

Over the past several years, Springfield has worked to improve its image. Once known for empty storefronts, seedy bars and crime, the city has used art in its efforts to revitalize downtown.  This took a lot of help from the community.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Symphony welcomes the third of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. 

Master drummer Steve Smith has rejoined Journey for their current tours, including a performance at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on Saturday, March 18th .

Finance and spirituality converge in A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a live musical theater and media performance by violinist, vocalist, poet and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins. She’ll perform it on Wednesday evening, March 8th at the UO’s Erb Memorial Union, as part of Schnitzer Cinema’s “In the Street” series. It’s paired with a panel discussion the next day at the UO called Betrayal and Unity: Law, Religion and the Bernie Madoff Scandal. Alicia Jo Rabins speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan.

 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Jake Shimabukuro has become the world’s foremost ukulele player, taking the instrument into a wild range of musical realms beyond its Hawaiian origins. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is an electric trio release with bassist Nolan Verner and percussionist Evan Hutchings. He returns to Eugene for a performance at the Jacqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute tonight, March 3rd, and he’s here live in the KLCC studios. 

The Odyssey of These Days is an exhibition blending Wesley Hurd’s art with live Celtic chamber music from Eliot Grasso and Dreos.  It focuses on the transition from grief to hope, and was deeply affected by the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg in 2015.

Author Elena Passarello has created a bestiary with her new book of essays, Animals Strike Curious Poses, exploring the lives of individual animals who’ve had enough impact on humanity to be named and widely remembered.

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

Sharon Isbin is one of the world’s most accomplished guitarists, in classical music and beyond.

  Gideon Freudmann has been extending the language of the cello for more than three decades. His work has ranged from his role as a founding member of Portland Cello Project, to scoring silent films, to contributing to NPR’s All Things Considered, This American Life and Car Talk.

Photo by Taylor Made Photography

  The Essentials are a nine-piece soul band who have been performing around the Pacific Northwest for the past twelve years—a tradition they’ll continue by performing live at the KLCC Brew Fest at the Lane Events Center on Saturday evening, February 11th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has brought their joyful vocal music from South Africa to the world for over half a century, their music rising from isicathamiya, the music of the mines. That tradition is respected and extended on the new Ladysmith Black Mambazo CD, Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers. 

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  The Eugene Symphony welcomes the second of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. Ryan McAdams will conduct the Eugene Symphony on Thursday, January 26th at the Hult Center.

  Herb Alpert’s extraordinary, eclectic career has spanned over fifty years in the music business so far.

Radiolab has become one of this era’s most inventive radio programs and podcasts, bringing a sense of discovery and curiosity to big ideas from science to philosophy. Co-host Robert Krulwich speaks with Eric Alan about orchestrating the news, snail sex, and what it means to keep your stupid on.

Islam and American culture are explored in Sandow Birk’s exhibition, American Qur’an, on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus, January 21st through March 19th. The exhibition integrates ink and gouache paintings, calligraphy and the verses of the Qur’an, with scenes of American life to explore and express our shared humanity. Sandow Birk speaks with Eric Alan.

  

Oregon Contemporary Theatre presents The 39 Steps, a comic thriller adapted in part from the Alfred Hitchcock film. It kicks off the Big Read, a community-wide celebration of Hitchcock and film noir. 

Photo by Tracy Ilene Miller

  On Tuesday evening, December 13th, KLCC presented a special hour-long broadcast with one of the new small ensembles of the Oregon Mozart Players. Violinists Della Davies and Alice Blankenship and cellist Eric Alterman performed a variety of music (listed below) for a live in-studio audience in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall. The broadcast celebrated OMP's candlelight baroque concerts at the First Christian Church in Eugene on Friday, December 16th through Sunday, December 18th. Co-hosting the broadcast were KLCC's Eric Alan and OMP's Kelly Kuo. Here is the broadcast in its entirety. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist have been making music together as Over the Rhine for over twenty-five years . 

  Dr. Muabilai Tshionyi, also known as Dr. T, authors books of African folktales for children and adults. They reflect the traditions of oral storytelling in the Congo, where he was born. He speaks with Eric Alan about preserving those tales, and translating their meanings to modern Oregon. Dr. T will be a featured author in the Lane Authors and Artists Fair at the Lane County Fairgrounds this Saturday, December 10th.

  The Eugene Symphony welcomes the first of its three finalists to become the symphony’s next conductor and music director. Quebec native Dina Gilbert has arrived from Montreal, where she was assistant conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal , as well as founder and artistic director of chamber orchestra Ensemble Arkea.

Photo by Jerry Gowins

  The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet merges a sacred story from Christian and Jewish texts, with original choreography from Ballet Fantastique and live music from the UO Gospel Singers. It’ll be presented at the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater December 9th through 11th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  “Twobadours on the Run” is the name of David Ryan Harris and Gabe Dixon’s current tour, which stops at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Friday, December 2nd, and in Bend at the Astro Lounge on Monday, December 5th.

  

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge begins in Eugene at the Very Little Theater on Friday, December 2nd and runs through December 11th. In Mark Brown’s play, Scrooge has brought charges of attempted murder and kidnapping against the Spirits of Christmas and Jacob Marley.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Midnight North has been building a following in recent years with their three-part harmonies and eclectic grooves. As well as regular touring across the landscape and recorded releases that include the latest ones Scarlet Skies and Stayin’ Single, Drinkin’ Doubles, they hold down a weekly gig at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael California, webcast to the world. 

  Kristin Collier’s new book Housewife: Home Remaking in a Transgender Marriage examines the complex dynamics of being married to someone who undergoes gender transition. She will speak in Eugene at the Hult Center as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 20th after a book launch event at Tsunami Books the same day. She talks with Eric About the nature of love, identity, communication and family.

  Music has been a part of war almost as constantly as weapons have been, throughout history. Its role in war is changing as the world changes too—something that’s examined in Lisa Gilman’s new book, My Music My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Community Alliance of Lane County marks fifty years of working for peace and justice with a gala event at the UO Ford Alumni Center on Sunday, November 13th. Program Director Michael Carrigan and Johanis Tadeo, Community Organizer for CALC’s Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect, speak with Eric Alan about the work, and how the election of Donald Trump is already impacting the Willamette Valley’s Latino community.  

  Live music, abstract art and improvisational dance will merge into one art form at the Jazz Station in Eugene on Thursday, November 10th. “Sound In-Sight” will feature Torrey Newhart’s Obsidian Animals performing while Bob Newhart paints alongside dancers and a poet. Eric Alan speaks with Torrey Newhart about the impact of live multi-media collaboration.  

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