John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

  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.

  

Photo by Daniel Sheehan

Pianist Wayne Horvitz has created a new album inspired by the poetry of the late Richard Hugo, called Some Places are Forever Afternoon. He speaks with Eric Alan about the inspiration of place and the merging of creative forms, before performing live at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Friday, October 9th.

Music and conversation with blues pianist, vocalist and songwriter Marcia Ball, who has earned multiple Grammy nominations, six Living Blues awards, and a place in both the Louisiana and Gulf Coast Halls of Fame. She performs at the Shedd in Eugene on Thursday evening, September 10th.

Vocalist Marisa Frantz is a native of Eugene who returned after several musical years in Nashville, and is a part of the Oregon Festival of American Music for the first time. She speaks with Eric Alan about balancing a reverence for vocal tradition while still making classic songs her own. She’ll be a featured vocalist in OFAM’s opening gala, which will be broadcast by KLCC on Tuesday evening, August 11th, during Heartwood Hotel.

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