Monthly Archives: November 2010

based on a true story

When we first began to talk about making this piece, we knew the story of Maurice Temerlin and his daughter, Lucy, via Radiolab. Using excerpts from Temerlin’s memoirs and the testimony of those who knew Lucy, the show touched on some of the more remarkable aspects of Lucy’s 12 years with the Temerlins (such as [...]

Jane Goodall on 50 years with chimpanzees

Q. When you first reported chimp tool use, Dr. Leakey declared, “We must now redefine man, redefine tool or accept chimpanzees as human!” Did that ever happen? A. It’s never happened. Every time someone has shown that chimpanzees or any other animal possesses a characteristic which we used to think was unique to us, there’s an [...]

twin cities recap

On Sunday John and I landed in Minneapolis, toy piano in tow. We traveled west at the invitation of Ben Krywosz, who had offered us an opportunity to present Our Basic Nature on Nautilus Music-Theatre’s “Rough Cuts” series. Ben describes “Rough Cuts” as a kind of Zen practice, an ongoing commitment to airing works-in-process, in [...]

….and away we go!

We’re about to take Lucy on her first outing.  Jocelyn, our intrepid music director, braved blizzard conditions and arrived in the Twin Cities Metro Area last night.  She and I spent a few hours putting together John’s score.  I haven’t had the pleasure of making music with Dueck in a long time, and it is [...]

I went on down to the Houston zoo…

There are not too many zoos in the US with chimp exhibits, which is disappointing for all of us working on this project…. YouTube is great, but after reading so much about Lucy and her kin, I’d really like to see some of these guys in person. I was recently at the Houston Zoo, where [...]