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. 

Ways to Connect

  A multi-faceted celebration takes place at the WOW Hall in Eugene tonight, April 20th, as David Gans, the Garcia Birthday Band, various Merry Pranksters and others gather to celebrate Oregon’s first legal 4/20, and whatever else feels worth celebrating. David Gans has been a part of related celebrations for decades, as a musician, author, storyteller, and proprietor of the nationally-syndicated Grateful Dead Hour.

  Digital and traditional artists will explore the theme of ritual in the fifth annual (sub)Urban Projections festival, presented by City of Eugene Cultural Services and Harmonic Laboratory at the Hult Center in Eugene on April 21st and 22nd. John Park, animator and digital artist for Harmonic Laboratory, and Isaac Marquez, Public Art Manager for the City of Eugene, speak with Eric Alan about creating new possibilities and turning the seven-level lobby into a performance space integrating artists and audience. 

Photo by Thomas J. King

  The inevitable changes of aging are celebrated in Menopause: the Musical. Actress Megan Cavanagh speaks with Eric Alan about embracing the changes, laughing at them and singing about them. The national touring show visits the Hult Center in Eugene on April 22nd through 24th. 

  Comparatively few people of color visit the American wilderness, though the resources are public to all. African-American outdoorsman James Mills addresses this disparity in his book The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. He speaks with Eric Alan about the issues and how to address them, before his illustrated talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 23rd.

  “Innovation District” is the theme of the next event in the TAD Talks series, which examines the role of technology and the arts in Downtown Eugene. There will be several speakers, as well as exhibitions, performances and a beer tasting, at the McDonald Theatre on Tuesday evening, April 19th.

Music and history combine in unique ways as Swedish violinist Semmy Stahlhammer and his wife, cellist Isabel Blomme, visit the Willamette Valley. They’ll perform with Chamber Music Amici in Springfield on April 17th and 18th, in a program that ranges from Tchaikovsky to Klezmer. Semmy Stahlhammer will also appear at Temple Beth Israel on Wednesday, April 13th, to speak about his book Codename Barber, which details the story of his father Mischa, a Polish Jew who was a landmine specialist in the People’s Army in World War II.

  Author Eliot Treichel explores a teenage girl’s grief and healing after causing her father’s accidental death on a canoe trip, in the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers. He speaks with Eric Alan about the power of a river and a horse to help a girl find peace with what can never heal. Eliot Treichel speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 9th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Ballroom Thieves are a trio with Boston roots, whose music merges fine harmony and acoustics with more electric and experimental edges—including recent collaboration with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. Their debut CD A Wolf in the Doorway has brought them national attention, and they were a sensation at the Sisters Folk Festival last September. They begin their West Coast Tour tonight, April 6th, at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene, and then they’ll perform on Saturday, April 9th at Sisters High School in Sisters. Both are a double bill with the duo Tall Heights.

  Memory loss and music are brought together in a new vocal ensemble piece called Shadow and Light, by composer Joan Szymko (“SHIM-koh”). Eugene Vocal Arts and the Eugene Concert Orchestra present its world premiere as part of Remembrances on Friday, April 8th and Sunday, April 10th at Beall Hall. Joan Szymko speaks with Eric Alan about giving Alzheimer’s patients and care partners a voice. 

Photo by Lindsey McCarthy

  Eugene Symphony’s Conductor Laureate Marin Alsop returns as part of Symfest, the symphony’s multi-faceted celebration on April 2nd. She visits Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to reflect on her homecoming, a lively program of music with personal meanings, and whether or not the world has made progress in accepting women conductors. 

  Internationally acclaimed author Barry Lopez has lived along the upper McKenzie River for forty-six years. In a conversation with Eric Alan, he reflects on the river as a teacher and the wisdom it offers, as he celebrates the history and preservation of the river near Finn Rock Logging Camp. Barry Lopez will speak at the annual McKenzie Memories event in Eugene on Friday, April 1st.  

Drawing by Dan Pegoda

  Fictional candidate Thomas Jerry is running to become Oregon’s first Third Senator, in the interactive murder mystery comedy Murder on the Campaign Trail.  Candidate Jerry (as channeled by actor William Campbell) visits with Eric Alan and details his unusual platform positions on oil, guns, marijuana and the Supreme Court. The play runs through April 30th at the Springfield Holiday Inn. 

Photo by Jim Lommasson

  Wars are never truly over for veterans and their families, refugees, and citizens whose homelands are devastated. Photographer Jim Lommasson has explored those issues in his books Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan, and What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization.

Photo by Maani Vadgama

  For the past quarter-century, MEDGE—the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene—has brought Middle Eastern dance and music to the region through performance and education.

  The classic lyric opera Eugene Onegin melds the music of Tchaikovsky with the literature of Alexander Pushkin, creating a romantic and dramatic piece. Eugene Opera will do a fully-orchestrated version with an international cast on Friday, March 11th and Sunday, March 13th at the Hult Center in Eugene. Eugene Opera general director Mark Beudert and music director Andrew Bisantz speak with Eric Alan.

  Author and philosopher Lori Gruen speaks about “Justice and Empathy Beyond the Human.” She talks with Eric Alan about the ability of chimpanzees and other animals to teach us about better relationships. She appears on Thursday, March 10th on the UO campus, as part of Oregon Humanities Center’s year-long focus on justice.

Photo by Ariel Ogden


  University Theatre presents Scorched, a play by  Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad that examines the nature of war survivors’ emotional realities, in a way that illuminates current conflicts. Director Michael Najjar--whose parents also fled a Lebanese conflict--and cast member Jerilyn Armstrong speak with Eric Alan. The play runs March 3rd through 13th at the Hope Theatre on the UO campus. 

  The Oregon Bach Festival welcomes its new executive director, Janelle McCoy, who is an accomplished mezzo soprano and arts administrator. Eric Alan speaks with her about her priorities and vision for moving the festival forward in 2016 and beyond.  

Photo by Brian Lanker. Used by permission of Brian Lanker's estate, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

  The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art features From the Heart: the Photographs of Brian Lanker, a retrospective of the late photographer’s work. Eric Alan speaks about his legacy with his widow Lynda Lanker, an accomplished artist herself and the subject of his Pulitzer Prize-winning series on natural childbirth. The exhibit is on display now through April 24th. 

Quetzal, Live at KLCC

Feb 24, 2016
Photo by Eric Alan

  The Grammy-winning ensemble Quetzal has come out of East L.A.’s Chicano community to create a vision that integrates music, dance and community activism in truly global ways.

  The Eugene Concert Choir presents the Burt Bacharach Songbook at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, February 27th, with the Vicki Brabham Combo, Bill Hulings, Shirley Andress, and Oliver Bacharach, Burt’s son. They’ll celebrate  Burt Bacharach’s songwriting legacy, which includes over seventy top 40 hits, six Grammy awards, three Academy Awards, and more. Oliver Bacharach and Vicki Brabham visited the KLCC studios.


Photo by Eric Alan

  The Westerlies are a New York-based brass quartet with Seatte roots that blurs the borders between chamber music, folk music and jazz. Their acclaimed debut album in 2014 explored the music of keyboardist and composer Wayne Horvitz, and their forthcoming album is a collaboration with GRAMMY-winning producer Jesse Lewis. They’re on a west coast tour that includes a Eugene performance on Friday, February 19th, as part of the Broadway Avenue House Concerts series. They came in to perform live in the KLCC studios. 

  The percussion and flute duo Caballito Negro  brings Songlines to Corvallis on February 19th, Lincoln City on February 27th and Roseburg on February 28th. Songlines is a set of performances and workshops that takes listeners from South Africa to Turkmenistan and even Los Angeles. Band members Tessa Brinckman and Terry Longshore share music and conversation with Eric Alan. 

  An interview with Richard Leebrick, whose new project Live on Wings of Love: A Journey to PeggySioux  is what he calls “a children’s story for adults”-- a story of addiction recovery and love. It includes a book, artwork and an audio CD. Richard Leebrick will host a release event at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Saturday, February 20th.

  Eugene Ballet presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Hult Center on February 13th and 14th, with Orchestra Next and the Eugene Concert Choir. Eric Alan speaks with artistic director Toni Pimble and soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez about the joys and challenges of the classic piece.  

Percussionist and vocalist Ruth Heald of the band Goldfoot speaks with Eric Alan and shares music from the band’s release On the Floor, before the band appears at the Lane Events Center on Saturday, February 13th as a featured band at the KLCC Microbrew Festival. 

Photo by John Stark

  Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are the ultimate banjo family, who individually and together have challenged and expanded the boundaries of the instrument, whether in duo, within their Sparrow Quartet or with an array of their other bands and projects.

  South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been making music for over fifty years, and will appear at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Tuesday evening, January 26th.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Dreos is a trio that features Eliot Grasso on uillean pipes and flute, Glen Waddell on guitar and bouzouki, and Brandon Vance on fiddle, integrating Irish and Scottish musical traditions. Though they have vast international credits in other contexts, they released their first CD together in October, and will perform in Eugene on Friday, January 29th at the New Hope Center Auditorium in Eugene.  Eliot Grasso brought his uillean pipes to the KLCC studios for a solo performance, and to share music from the new Dreos CD, The Clearing

  An interview with Garvar Brummett, author and artist of The Scent of Jasmine Cools the Rage. It’s a memoir with stories and illustrations that chronicle his abuse, addiction, homelessness, and prison time.  He has recovered to become a drug and addiction counselor for Sponsors, Inc. He will read at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Thursday evening, January 21st at 7 p.m.