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. 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.

Ways To Connect

Artist Margaret Prentice had both the form and content of her art change during a bout with cancer, as reflected in her new exhibition at White Lotus Gallery, Storm Clouds and Wetlands. She speaks with Eric Alan about transformation, the joy of a million colors, and simplifying in later life.

Photo by Eric Alan

Ballet Fantastique will premiere The Odyssey, a ballet with original choreography based on Homer’s classic tale, at the Hult Center in Eugene, Friday, February 27th through Sunday, March 1st. The performance will include live music from Cullen Vance, looping violinist. He and principal dancer Fabio Simoes visited KLCC for conversation and music.

Photo by Eric Alan

Chico Schwall and friends will present “Thunder and Lies: The Ballads of Francis James Child,” at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, on Thursday, February 26th. They’ll bring new life to English and Scottish popular songs that have endured from antiquity to the present day, in part because of Francis James Child’s efforts at Harvard in the late 1800s. Chico Schwall joins us here in the KLCC studios.

The Willamette Valley’s musical community lost one of its most dedicated souls, when Jeff Eaton passed away from cancer in late January. He had three tenures with the Oregon Mozart Players, including two as executive director and one as general manager. As a cellist, he performed with the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Opera and the Oregon Bach Festival, among others.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Bee Eaters are a trio merging elements ranging from chamber music to bluegrass, jazz, pop and beyond. They include Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge, her brother Tristan Clarridge, cellist and five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion, and Simon Chrisman, a master of the hammer dulcimer. They have two CDs out, including their self-titled debut and its follow-up, Oddfellows Road. Before performing at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, February 20th, and visited the KLCC studios for a live performance.

Astrophysicist and author Janna Levin will give this year’s Cressman Lecture for the Oregon Humanities Center, entitled “From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Time, the Universe and Everything,” on the UO campus on February 19th. She speaks with Eric Alan about whether the universe is solid or infinite, whether cosmic insignificance is comforting, and how that affects us as humans on Earth. 

Mbrascatu Live at KLCC

Feb 13, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

The band Mbrascatu creates a unique mix of the sounds of Italy and Portland, led by the vocals and songs of Andrea Algieri. They released their second CD, Tempo, in 2014 and they’re out touring now with two shows in the KLCC listening region. Friday evening, February 13th, they’re at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and they’ll appear at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene on Saturday, February 14th—Valentine’s Day. Two of the five band members (Andrea Algieri and John Sabestinas) joined us for an acoustic set in the KLCC studios.

ArtCore is a new arts education program to be implemented in five Lane County Schools, through a partnership between the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), Lane Arts Council, the Springfield Public Schools and others. Ross Anderson, Senior Lead Researcher at EPIC, and Liora Sponko, executive director of Lane Arts Council, speak with Eric Alan about the $2.2 million program.

Photo by Eric Alan

Over the Rhine is the musical duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, named after the Ohio neighborhood in which they met. They’ve shared their music and lives for over twenty-five years now, creating a series of consistently beautiful and eloquent albums, including the double CD Meet Me at the Edge of the World, with producer Joe Henry, and their recent holiday CD, Blood Oranges in the Snow. Before performing in the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene this evening, Over the Rhine joined us in the KLCC studios live.

Photo by Eric McNatt

Dance 2015, the UO’s annual faculty dance recital, features new choreography by New York-based choreographer Michelle Boulé, recipient of the UO’s Boekelheide Award. Michelle Boulé and Associate Professor of Dance Walter Kennedy speak with Eric Alan about dance and its joy. Dance 2015 happens February 12th-14th in the Robinson Theatre on the UO campus.

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