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

  DanceAbility International has brought people with and without disabilities together through dance for over twenty-five years in twenty-five countries. They’re now expanding their local reach through teacher trainings co-sponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, other classes and events. Founder Alito Alessi speaks with Eric Alan about how the languages of dance and community expand through diversity.  

Photo by Eric Alan

  Songwriter Ben Bochner splits his time between Eugene and Austin, Texas. He’s been a finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, has been working on recordings with David Jacobs-Strain, and was infamously known as the Rogue Reader after being a controversial part of Ken Kesey’s group novel-writing project at the University of Oregon. 

  Vocalist, fiddler and songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has gained acclaim over the course of a career that has taken her from her native Austin, Texas to Carnegie Hall, A Prairie Home Companion to The Today Show.

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Mims House became the first black-owned property in Eugene in 1948, after previous ordinances prohibited people of color from purchasing property or living within city limits. Eric Alan speaks with Willie Mims about the living history there, including visits from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

    

  The troupe Che Malambo brings the rhythmic dance of Argentina’s 17th century gauchos into the present. Producer Matthew Bledsoe speaks with Eric Alan about the rhythms, the cultural heritage and compelling history of the dance. Che Malambo performs at the Hult Center on Thursday, May 26th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Dema Ensemble is a new group that weaves drumming, dancing, singing and other forms of visual and physical storytelling from a variety of African cultures. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  Shawn James and the Shapeshifters are an Arkansas quintet whose music has crossed many boundaries of rock and folk, blues and soul.

Photo by Richard Avedon

  DJ Spooky, a.k.a. Dr. Paul D. Miller, speaks with Eric Alan about the world premiere of his composition “Heart of a Forest” in Corvallis on May 18th The piece is based on his residencies in the H.J. Andrews Experimental forest, and merges electronic music with the OSU Wind Ensemble. DJ Spooky is a multi-media artist, author and hip-hop turntablist whose credits include collaborations with Yoko Ono, Chuck D of Public Enemy, and a residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

  Roseburg’s free concert series, Music on the Half Shell, celebrates its 25th anniversary season in 2016. Kelly Leonard speaks with Eric Alan about a unique tradition of connection between audience and artists. He also shares music from a few of this year’s performers, including Luisa Maita (“loo-EE-suh MY-tuh”), Leroy Bell, James Hunter and Pink Martini. 

  Author and Eugene Register-Guard columnist Dorcas Smucker speaks with Eric Alan about the music of Amish, Mennonite and German traditions, and how modern technology affects those musical traditions in family life. Dorcas Smucker will appear on The Back Porch with Pete LaVelle on KLCC on Saturday evening, May 14th, to share many songs from those traditions. 

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