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ARTIST
TITLE
Overpass! A Melodrama
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
ALIEN 068CD ALIEN 068CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/5/2007

May 2007 release. "An audio meditation on the strangeness of Vancouver. A mix of dialogue, interviews, documentary material, and composed music, Overpass! presents the story of Antonia, a new arrival who finds herself mystified by the city. In seven vignettes Antonia orients herself through encounters with real and fictional locals. She investigates the city's peculiarities, including its preoccupation with nature, failed freeway projects, and attempts at urban planning. Weirdly drawn to the Keefer Street pedestrian overpass and its history, Antonia finds a way to understand Vancouver's particular response to modernization. The CD is the product of a three-year collaboration between Adam Frank, who teaches poetry at the University of British Columbia, and Sam Shalabi, a Montréal-based composer and musician. Sam Shalabi has been a longtime member of the Alien8 Recordings family, with two solo releases, Osama and On Hashish, his trio recording with David Kristian and Alexandre St-Onge as well as four recordings with his psychedelic improv ensemble Shalabi Effect. Overpass! is a melodrama in the late eighteenth-century sense: dialogue that is spoken (not sung) with musical accompaniment to set or introduce the moods and ideas. It takes as subject a minor, ugly cement structure called the Keefer Street pedestrian overpass."