Zan Agzigian

Soundspace Host

Zan Agzigian is the Community Producer and Host of Soundspace. She has been with Spokane Public Radio since January 2014. Her passions are poetry, the environment, and alternative healing. Zan describes her careers as “a kitchen sink” explaining that she’s worked in a donut shop, bread delivery, public relations, as a bakery manager, a shuttle van driver, a bartender, an office manager, an arts advocate, a counselor, a fraud investigator, and a poet who absolutely loves music of many kinds.

Growing up in a musical family, Zan played the flute and piano and her brothers played the guitar. They exposed her to great music of many kinds and her parents took her to outdoor concerts in Philly growing up. She interned all through high school for the Philly rock station, WMMR, and remains curious about new sounds.

Zan’s goal is to explore and discover these new sounds, offbeat lyrics, spoken word and arrangements and expose a variety of generations to old and new that we rarely get to hear on the air in this region. She hopes to inspire via music from all over.

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Soundspace Interview with Zan (originally aired Sunday, October 11, 2020. Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with one of America's beloved singer-songwriters/guitarists, Loudon Wainwright III, speaking about his new album, "I'd Rather Lead a Band," his inspirations, connections to family, and his creative process. With sample tracks from his new release, as well as his discography.

Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with Kari van der Kloot, Brooklyn-based Canadian vocalist, performer, arranger, educator, speaking about her new album, The Architects, with sample tracks.

Soundspace Interview with Zan (originally aired May 25, 2020). Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with Eliza Gilkyson, FOLK icon, singer/songwriter, 2-time Grammy Award winner, talking about her new album "2020" and what it is like as a touring artist in this time of Pandemic, with sample tracks.   

Soundspace Interview with Zan (originally aired April 26, 2020): Join Zan as she hosts a phone-in with Hawaii-based ukelele master Jake Shimabukuro, speaking about his process, what life is like with his tour on pause due to the pandemic, and his new album, TRIO, with sample tracks.

John Dennis

Soundspace Interview w/Zan (originally aired February 2, 2020): Join Zan as she hosts a phone in with Nashville-based singer/songwriter John Dennis, speaking about how life events have informed his music, his journey, and his process, with sample tracks from his new album, Mortal Flames, and past work.

Eric Prod

Soundspace Interview w/Zan (originally aired December 28th, 2019): Join Zan as she hosts a phone in with Australian musician, singer, songwriter Eric Prod, and they talk about what it is like growing up in "a small town," Eric's upcoming tour, and what inspires him to go solo as a performer, with sample tracks from his EP in progress, "A Talked About Small Town." (Sending good vibes to Eric for safety for himself and his loved ones during the Australian wildfires!)

Sariyah Idan

Join Zan as she hosts a phone in with American songwriter, vocalist, performance artist, arts educator, and multi-instrumentalist Sariyah Idan, speaking about her process, being a creative facilitator, and the dynamics of working with a variety of international musicians on her debut album, "Breaking Shadows" with sample tracks.

Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with Canadian born, NYC based pianist/vocalist and educator Brenda Earle Stokes, speaking about her debut solo album recorded in one take, "Solo Sessions: Vol. One," early days as a cruise ship singer, and what it is to be a teacher and musical activist, with sample tracks.

Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with folk rock legend Steve Forbert speaking about the 40th anniversary celebration of the release of his 2nd album, "Jackrabbit Slim," why he loves and supports spinning vinyl, and his 2018 memoir, "Big City Cat: My Life in Folk Rock," with sample tracks.

Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with Montreal drummer, composer, arranger and band leader, Aaron Dolman, speaking about his process, what inspires him, and his debut album, "Nostalgia and Other Fantasies," with sample tracks.

Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with Canadian Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, speaking about leading a band from behind the drums, what innovation means to him, and his new band's album, "Surefire Sweat," with sample tracks.

Join Zan as she hosts a phone interview with international meditation and chant singer/songwriter, SIMRIT, talking about her process, what life is like touring throughout the world, what inspires her, and her new album "When We Return" with sample tracks.

Steven Dewall

The New York Times once described Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter’s sound as “spellbound music, rapt in fatalism and sorrow.” In this interview with singer-songwriter Jesse Sykes, Zan has created a wonderful assemblage, a literal conversational collage, where they cover everything from the woes of the digital age, to the ache of melancholy, and the emotional challenges of capturing the ephemeral on magnetic tape.

Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter are in the process of recording their 5th album.

Join Zan as she hosts a phone-in with Dan McCarthy, Canadian vibraphonist, as he speaks about his instrument, his collaborations, his leaving New York to head back to Canada to pursue his master's, and his new album, "City Abstract," with sample tracks. (Podcast Only, recorded via phone in SPR Studios on 10/3/2019.)

Join Zan as she hosts a phone-in with Irish singer/songwriter and guitarist Ronan Furlong, calling from Wexford, Ireland, speaking about his journey, his evolution, being signed to a label, and his new album, "The Nebula EP," part of an upcoming album release, with sample tracks. (Originally aired September 26, 2019)

Christopher Krager

Join Zan as she hosts a phone in with Montana musician/singer/songwriter, Mike Murray talking about his touring career, his process, and what's on his mind as a next move in music, with sample tracks.

Damoyee Janai

Join Zan as she hosts a phone in with award-winning, classically-trained American musician, composer, singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist, Damoyee Janai, speaking about her upcoming album drop, her process, and what it feels like to start on a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music this fall, with sample tracks.

Mary Beth Blankenship

Join Zan as she hosts a phone in with Nashville-based Americana/Rock duo Striking Matches, speaking about their relationship, their process, Nashville, and their new EP, "Morning," with sample tracks.

Join Zan as she hosts a phone in with jazz trumpeter and arranger Jonathan Bauer, speaking about his process, life in New Orleans, and his debut album, "Walk, Don't Run," with sample tracks.