In preparation for his visit to Tokyo, Japan as ambassador for Spector Bass Jo Sallins (The Dreamer) has put together a very impressive piece of work entitled "ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS" cd-dvd. "ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS" itself is the quintessential culminating work of a man who's been playing professionally since the age of 9. Every musician he's ever dreamed of meeting or playing with, he has done it. Jo Sallins believes in a G.P.A. Goal, Plan and Action. Here's the proof, he learned to play the drums at 9 years old, percussion at 12, bass at 14, piano at 15 and to this day maintains a minimum of 8 hours of study on these instruments, spending the bulk of that time on his newest creation playing the bass and keyboards simultaneously.
Jo put together his first band called "New Star" in the early 80's recalling the very first gig at a Chinese Restaurant, after expenses each bandmember made a grand total of $15.00 a piece. By 1981 "New Star" was without a doubt the hottest top 40 band in the northeast. Opening up for Chaka Khan and traveling to tour in Singapore for a total of 14 weeks. After improving the pay and sustaining 9 years of steady work Jo decided to invest his time in recording origial music. In 1990 he and his good friend and drummer Rick Marshall recorded the Sallins/Marshall Projects “Land of Dreams” 24 recordings later he presents to all that will listen, “ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS”.
What you are about to hear and see is a demonstration of commitment, passion and sacrafice for one person’s believe in being the best that one can possibly be, not for a second, a minute, an hour, a day, a month, but 38 years. Jo Sallins has a saying, “success is a life long journey of doing your absolute best.” “ARTISITC EXPRESSIONS” delivers just that a journey into the life and mind of a master, PERFORMER, EDUCATOR and MUSICIAN.
Performers on dvd: Greg Garstka – guitar
Matthew Wolfgang Garstka – drums
Bob Casinghino – organ
Jesse Casinghino – drums
Performers on cd: Billy Powell – drums (trks.1, 2, 4)
M.W. Garstka – drums (trks. 3, 4)
Warren Ammerman – flute (trk. 3)
Jo Sallins: Spector Basses, Yamaha acoustic and electric keyboards, toca and remo djembe drums, percussion, handclaps, and voice effects.
All music on cd and dvd arranged by Jo Sallins