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

Danuta Pfeiffer is the author of Chiseled, a memoir that chronicles her wild journey from young single mother to progressive journalist to co-host of Pat Robertson’s conservative, evangelical TV show The 700 Club, to Poland and Junction City. She speaks with Eric Alan, in advance of her book launch event on April 25th at Pfeiffer Winery in Junction city, and a reading at Grassroots Books and Music in Corvallis on May 28th.

Music and conversation with Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman, whose pieces “Astrolatry” and “Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!” will be performed alongside Beethoven’s “Pastorale” by the Eugene Symphony this Thursday evening, April 16th at the Hult Center in Eugene. At the age of 25, Avner Dorman was the youngest ever winner of Israel’s Prime Minister’s Award.

Photo by Marli Miller

The Eugene Natural History Society presents a talk by Marli Miller, author of the new second edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon, on Friday evening, April 17th, in the UO’s Willamette Hall. She speaks with Eric Alan about Oregon’s geologic wonders, and how the perspective of geologic time affects how we live in the present moment.

Dear Stranger is a project created by Oregon Humanities, which facilitates an anonymous, statewide exchange of personal letters. Executive Director Adam Davis speaks with Eric Alan about connecting Oregonians one letter at a time.

Community Alliance of Lane County presents a dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech A Time to Break Silence on Sunday, April 12th at First Christian Church in Eugene. Carol Horne Dennis and Marion Malcolm give an excerpt of the speech, and talk about its continued relevance in 2015.   

Photo by Eric Alan

The Brothers Comatose bring their high-energy string-driven sound to Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene this evening, April 8th, and to the Belfry in Sisters on Thursday evening, April 9th. They visited the KLCC studios as a six piece band, including Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals), Alex Morrison (banjo and vocals), Ryan Avellone (mandolin), Gio Benedetti (bass), Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Josh Rabbe (fiddle). Songs and laughter abounded.

Eugene Ballet Company concludes its season with the world premiere of Tommy the Ballet, at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th. It merges the Who’s classic rock opera with the original choreography of Toni Pimble, dancing pinball machines, and a live band That entire band visited the KLCC studios, live, along with Eugene Ballet Company’s artistic director and choreographer Toni Pimble, for songs and celebration.

Photo by Robert Luk

Since their formation in Wisconsin in 1983, the BoDeans have been one of the American heartland’s iconic roots rock bands. Bandleader Kurt Neumann speaks with Eric Alan and shares music from their new release, I Can’t Stop, before the band performs at the Shedd in Eugene on Thursday, April 9th. 

Shantala Subramanyam, flute artist from Chennai, India—a master of South Indian Classical music—is in performance at Beall Hall on the UO campus in Eugene this evening, April 3rd. She’ll be in trio with Avaneeswaram S.R. Vinu on violin and percussionist Palakkad Mahesh Kumar. The concert is presented by the UO School of Music and Dance. Her trio visited the KLCC studios for music and conversation.

Photo by Bob Williams

The band Concrete Loveseat is set to release their second album, Breathing and Breaking, with a CD release concert at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Saturday, April 4th. After their debut CD primarily explored songs from the Great American Songbook, Breathing and Breaking turns to eclectic original material. Rhythm guitarist Marty Chilla and pianist Austin Chevalier visited the KLCC studios to share three songs and conversation with Eric Alan.

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