Crosstown Arts presents Salo Pallini in the Green Room.
The Green Room at Crosstown Arts
Friday, January 20, 2023
Doors 7 p.m. | Show 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 | $15 in advance
Salo Pallini is a four-piece instrumental group from Memphis, Tennessee. In 2021 the band recorded 11 songs meant to serve as musical accompaniment for Kurt Vonnegut’s 1959 novel, The Sirens of Titan. Band members Landon Moore, John Whittemore, Pat Fusco, and Danny Banks, along with ace percussionist Felix Hernandez recorded the album in the historic home of renowned Civil War historian, Shelby Foote.
Aptly titled “The Sirens of Titan: A Preemptive Scoring,” the purpose of the debut album is to act as the soundtrack to Dan Harmon’s proposed limited series adaptation of the novel. With the as-of-yet unheard genre, Progressive Latin Space Country, Salo Pallini hopes to preemptively score other literary works bound for the screen.
Landon Moore, who originated the concept and composed the first nuggets of music, is a highly regarded bassist in Memphis, playing with local notables, Marcella and Her Lovers, Mark Edgar Stuart, and Steve Selvidge and is ubiquitous in the recording scene. Landon plays electric and upright basses as well as synths and guitar on the record.
John Whittemore joined Landon in composing music for the album, playing guitar, pedal steel, and a variety of other instruments, contributing to the wide-ranging sound of the album. John has performed with The Reigning Sound, Mark Edgar Stuart, Jack Oblivian and the Tearjerkers, Neighborhood Texture Jam, and the Delta Queens.
Drummer Danny Banks joined the group, having played frequently with Moore and Whittemore. He regularly performs and tours with Nicole Atkins and John Nemeth. Danny is among the top session players in Memphis, having appeared on the Letterman Show at age 11.
Keyboardist Pat Fusco was added to the lineup and brought his mastery of piano and organ performance and also played synths and vibraphone on several tracks. Pat also composed significant chunks of music on the record.
For the recordings, Memphis percussionist Felix Hernandez provided a variety of percussion to several of the tracks, accentuating the Latin elements within the compositions.
Local Memphis musicians Logan Hanna, Jonathan Kirkscey, and Matthew Wilson will be added to help recreate the somewhat elaborate productions for upcoming live performances.