Fly Pan Am: Grid / Wall

Fly Pan Am’s music for the revered contemporary dance production, Frontera, was initially intended to be performed live. The experimental rock act's score came in collaboration with choreographer Dana Gingras and the Animals Of Distinction dance company, with scenography by United Visual Artists, and it now comes as a very impressive studio recording by producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, expected out through Constellation on May 21st 2021.

Grid / Wall, the production's opening number is also the album’s brilliant and very much tense opener, and piece which sets the rest of the well realized work's tone.

"When I heard that Fly Pan Am were back together I knew immediately that this is who I wanted for the music for Frontera," says choreographer, Dana Gingras. "The balance they strike between complexity, dynamics and driving rhythm made them one of my favourite bands of the 0s. Plus the always-present tension of self-conscious intellectualism and raw physical power of their project made them ideal partners for scoring for dance. Working with FPA and the dancers together in the studio was never dull. And through this we forged a soundtrack that expands upon FPA’s complex arrangements and infuses the choreography with texture and urgency."

Grid / Wall is paired to an engaging music video done by MontrĂ©al creative/design duo Huot & Vallentin, featuring a group of ten dancers who execute Gingras’ choreography themed on borders, resistance, surveillance and more correspondingly powerful notions.

"The music for Grid / Wall, like the rest of the record, was created in reaction to the choreography and the moving light structures that make up the space in which Frontera exists. Our main goal was to support the various physical, mental and emotional states experienced and portrayed by the dancers in reaction to these ever changing borders," Fly Pan Am explain.

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