Onion Skin Song (1971 - ) ->

Onion Skin Song is a score for performance. Performer study and execute the onion skin score to make music. They see the clusters of skins and fragments sandwiched in a transparent plastic prototype before the performance. Each selects an instrument and decides how to treat the score.
An Onion Skin Score is made afresh for each performance.
I travel with a variety of toys and paper instruments to choose from.

In Kiel, Germany 2005, I performed Onion Skin Score with about 10 people for a festival at Salzau Castle. After the performance the Onion Skin Score was hung in Trevor's Store Front Gallery in Kiel.

Onion Skin Score was first done as a series of sienna blueprints on sepia vellum done at Cal Arts in 1971 in an edition of 10, called Three Songs.

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