John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

Double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer has followed an eclectic musical path, from his solo classical performances to his diverse collaborations with everyone from Chris Thile to Yo-Yo Ma and many others. While in Eugene for a classically-focused solo concert at the Jacqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on Wednesday, March 11th, he visited the KLCC studios for an interview, including bringing previously unreleased music to share.

As the 100th birthday of French vocalist Edith Piaf nears, Siri Vik presents La Mome: Piaf 100--three evenings of song honoring her music and life. It will be in a cabaret-style setting, as many of Piaf’s own performances were. Siri Vik’s performance will be in the Jacqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, Friday through Sunday, March 6th through 8th. Siri Vik joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Chico Schwall and friends will present “Thunder and Lies: The Ballads of Francis James Child,” at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, on Thursday, February 26th. They’ll bring new life to English and Scottish popular songs that have endured from antiquity to the present day, in part because of Francis James Child’s efforts at Harvard in the late 1800s. Chico Schwall joins us here in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Over the Rhine is the musical duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, named after the Ohio neighborhood in which they met. They’ve shared their music and lives for over twenty-five years now, creating a series of consistently beautiful and eloquent albums, including the double CD Meet Me at the Edge of the World, with producer Joe Henry, and their recent holiday CD, Blood Oranges in the Snow. Before performing in the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene this evening, Over the Rhine joined us in the KLCC studios live.

Mark Hummel’s annual Blues Harmonica Blowout focuses this year on classic 1930s and 1940s material from Bluebird Records. Hummel and Rick Estrin talk with Eric Alan about the music, and about sharing the van with living blues legend Billy Boy Arnold. 

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.

Photo by Eric Alan

PROJECT Trio is one of this nation’s most unusual chamber ensembles, merging flute, cello and double bass in ways that extend beyond genres, including elements of classical, jazz, rock, beatboxing and more. They  arrived in Eugene from Brooklyn for a concert at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on Thursday, November 6th. We welcomed PROJECT Trio into the KLCC studios for a performance, including Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello, and Peter Seymour on double bass.

Photo by Michael Canning

Chris Smither has been performing and writing songs for a remarkable fifty years now, and on the occasion of that, he’s released a new album called Still on the Levee that showcases new versions of songs from across his career. A tribute CD called Link of Chain has also been released, with people from Bonnie Raitt to Josh Ritter covering Chris Smither’s songs. Before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute in Eugene tonight at 7:30 p.m., and stopped by the KLCC studios for a performance and interview with Eric Alan.

The second annual She Sings women’s a cappella festival brings headlining performers, showcase concerts and workshops to the Shedd Institute on Friday and Saturday. Co-director Evynne Hollens shares music from The Riveters, Honey Whiskey Trio and Divisi as part of the conversation.

Carol Burnett stands as one of the all-time legends of comedy, and at 81 years old she’s still as vibrant as ever. Before her May 7th Hult Center show, she speaks with Eric Alan about her comedic career, including the time a Tarzan yell nearly got her killed, and what she would’ve done if she was Osama bin Laden for 24 hours.

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