Suite for Bass and Ironing Bored (1981-1984)
First premiered in 1981 at Navy Pier in Chicago as a part of Art Expo. The Suite is structured into color movements. The music integrates jazz, Japanese koto rhythms, and theme from popular TV shows, uniquely woven with the classical and the abstract. The ironing of primary and secondary colors created a visual pallet and the action provided a humorous interplay between the bass and ironing situation. The performance incorporated a video tape of 42 Chicago personalities who "performed" their own version of the ironing task. This video portion was done in collaboration with Tom Baggs in 1982. "What intrigues me is the affinity between the two 'instruments' - the similarity and repetition of gesture."
Suite for Bass and Ironing Bored for ironer, contrabass and video. (1981-84) Performances at Art Expo, Navy Pier, Chicago, with Tyler Mitchell; Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, Powerhouse Gallery, Montreal, and Spaces, Cleveland, with Harrison Bankhead; Detroit Artists Market, and C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, with Jaribu Shahid; Kunstraum, Stuttgart, Germany, with Thomas Stabenow; LaMamelle, San Francisco with Mel Graves; Lhasa Club, Hollywood, and Sushi, San Diego with Bert Turetzky; Miami Waves Forum, Miami, with Arzinia Richardson; Manhattan Healing Arts Center, NY with Brian Smith.