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

Master violinist Darol Anger presents his 2nd Annual “Keepin’ It In the Family” Holiday Show with the Cascadia All-Stars at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Sunday, December 21st. Darol talks with Eric Alan about the West Coast acoustic sound, as applied to winter spiritual holidays and the Grinch. The Cascadia All-Stars include Darol Anger, Emy Phelps, Alex and Tatiana Hargreaves, Wes Corbett, Jake Joliff, Mila Phelps-Friedl and Ethan Jodziewicz.

“Sound of Nature, Sound of Art” will merge live chamber music from the Three Centuries Ensemble with live painting by three visual artists, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. Eric Alan speaks with violinist Jonathan Dubay, creator of the unique celebration.  The interview includes excerpts of music from Gabriel Faure's Piano Trio Opus 120 and Oregon composer Bryan Johanson's "The Wave Sings Because It Is Moving."

Photo by Michael Canning

Arto and Antti Jarvela are cousins from Finland, part of a family with some of the deepest folk music traditions in the land. As well as participating in a wide variety of bands, they’ve released their first CD as a duo this past year, Os Fera Liluli, which presents traditional Finnish fiddle tunes and originals. Before teaching a workshop and performing at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Wednesday, December 10th, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation with Eric Alan.

For over thirty years, Jose Hernandez has led Mariachi Sol de Mexico, the first mariachi band to be nominated for a Grammy Award. Jose Hernandez speaks to Eric Alan about mariachi music for the holidays, as Mariachi Sol de Mexico performs in Eugene and Bend.

Photo by Chris White

After over two decades in academia, the New Shakespeare Showcase goes public with a performance at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Judith “Sparky” Roberts and Matt Keating speak with Eric Alan about the modern relevance of Shakespeare, including how his plays relate to Homer Simpson and the troubles of Bill Cosby.

Photo by Eric Alan

Identical twins Laurie & Katelyn Shook return to the KLCC studios for a live performance, along with songwriter John Craigie, and band members Niko Dauossis and Kyle Volkman. They celebrate two nights of concerts at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene, on Wednesday December 3rd and Thursday December 4th.  Musical and philosophical topics included spraying dollar bills with water, people who claim to have written Bob Dylan's lyrics, and what the bathroom situation might have been like on Noah's Ark.

Photo by Eric Alan

Scott Kritzer has become one of America’s leading classical guitarists, along a path that has taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, from solo recordings to collaborative performances, and teaching experience that includes the creation of his own guitar training method. He is in residence with Chamber Music Amici for a week of performances through December 8th, and he joined us in the KLCC studios for performance and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

The band Black Prairie began as a spin-off from the Decemberists, but has developed an equal life of its own. The band’s sound has moved from instrumental string-band roots into edgier rock territory and vocals in recent times, especially on their fourth and newest CD, Fortune.

Tango Mike is a play developed from the stories of local veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families’ struggles with PTSD upon their return. Writer and director Dan Stone speaks with Eric Alan, as the play opens at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

Photo by Hugh Hamrick

Humorist David Sedaris speaks with Eric Alan about such varied topics as the differences in optimism between the British and Americans, his judgments about a tour guide in the Mekong Delta, and why Eugene is such a great place to get a haircut. David Sedaris appears at the Hult Center on November 20th, touring behind his new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

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