Interview With an Artist — the musicians behind
This month we sat down with Jen GaNun and Andy Thomas from Lost Walks, a Denver musical “supergroup” and member of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project coalition! Their debut album “Man, Woman, Wolf” was inspired by a trip to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and they use their rock opera, complete with dancers, one-of-a-kind costumes and a full musical set, to tell the real story of the gray wolf.
Where did the idea for “Wolf, Woman, Man” come from?
Jen and Andy were starting to play around with the idea for a children’s book or play and started writing music for the concept and it, naturally, got creepier and darker than they planned. The idea quickly evolved into a story about a Wolf, Woman and Man who interact with each other in a desolate area.
Lost Walk's album, “Wolf, Woman, Man”, tells the story of a couple that moves into a desolate mountain region and ultimately faces challenges from the elements, each other and a lone, injured wolf. Jen always wanted to write music for her own choreography and, as an animal lover, wanted to take some inspiration from wildlife for movement. The wolf was an obvious choice and became a mainstay of the story. Andy and Jen thought of their wolf voice right away and when Dameon Merkl accepted the invitation to join in on the collaboration, the story began to bloom even more. One thing that changed the path in writing was a visit to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Jen and Andy learned more about the true wolf and decided to be more kind to his character in the story. They felt an obligation to not contribute to the culture of the big bad wolf and the misunderstood hero of the tale was born.
Can you tell us about your show?
The band's live performances enhance the story by including visual elements created by local artists Liz Holland, Alvino Salcedo, INCITE Productions, set designer Katie Webster and Justin Hicks, costumer Adriane Horovitz, lighting designer Enrique Jimenez and a team of dancers.
The album is performed, front to back, with dancers performing in nearly every song. The set is comprised of a stage wrapping that can give the idea that the band is surrounded by snow and the large art panels that represent each song on the record are surrounding the audience. Lost Walks always has an education table including information on the wolf organization they are partnered with or are donating their proceeds to. Lost Walks is proud to partner with RMWP and found that their presence at their live shows is invaluable and exactly what they are hoping to do for audiences: create a connection between human and wolf and give the people of Colorado a chance to learn more about the wolf and care more about them. It has also had a major impact on the band members themselves, as they have more of a chance to learn from the wolf experts.
Why do you want to see wolves back in Colorado?
Their importance to the entire ecosystem is undeniable. They are cool, powerful and misunderstood creatures who can offer so much to Colorado. They belong here.
Want to learn more about bringing the gray wolf home to Colorado? Just follow the link!