John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty has extended the language of the instrument in contexts of jazz, rock and beyond. His first American appearance was at the Monterey Jazz Festival fifty years ago—an appearance that launched his recording career, which has ranged from his groundbreaking solo CDs for Atlantic Records, to collaborations from Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke, among many others.

Photo by Eric Alan

  Jake Shimabukuro has become the world’s foremost ukulele player, taking the instrument into a wild range of musical realms beyond its Hawaiian origins. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is an electric trio release with bassist Nolan Verner and percussionist Evan Hutchings. He returns to Eugene for a performance at the Jacqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute tonight, March 3rd, and he’s here live in the KLCC studios. 

  Herb Alpert’s extraordinary, eclectic career has spanned over fifty years in the music business so far.

  Guitarist Bill Frisell turns his attention to the beauty and emotion of film and television music on his new release When You Wish Upon a Star. 

  The Guy Mendilow Ensemble presents Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, a performance that integrates songs and stories from Sephardic Jewish history, sung in the Ladino language. Guy Mendilow speaks with Eric Alan about that visceral music and its universal stories.

  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.

    

  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 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.

  Twenty-five years ago, Marc Cohn had a hit with “Walking in Memphis,” from an album that became the best-selling debut of the 1990s. He celebrates the anniversary with a concert at the Shedd in Eugene on Monday, January 18th, and reflects with Eric Alan about the musical and personal course of those years.

Photo by Eric Alan

Dar Williams returns to our listening region with a concert tonight, October 20th, at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute in Eugene. She’s touring behind her new release, Emerald—her first independent release after a long tenure with Razor and Tie Records. She’s also been busy with other creative and social projects, writing and teaching on subjects as diverse as what allows towns to prosper, music movements in a capitalist democracy, and of course, songwriting. She visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

  

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