This past Friday, we lost pioneering composer, musician, teacher, philosopher, and long-time Kingston resident Pauline Oliveros. Her work as a boundary-shattering artist was reflected by her life as a staple presence within the international creative music community and the hyper-local arts pockets of the Hudson Valley as well. Besides being one of modern music’s true, Nobel Prize-worthy mavericks—in terms of musical importance, as a representative from her own field, the avant-garde, she belongs right alongside her fellow area giants Pete Seeger, Sonny Rollins, and Levon Helm—she was always an incredibly kind, sincerely attentive, and caring person whenever I was lucky enough to bump into her around the area.
Here’s a link to a profile I did of Pauline for our April 2009 issue:
Here’s one of her most famous pieces, 1967’s “Bye Bye Butterfly”:
Pauline Oliveros is survived by her partner of many years, Ione, and the eternally resonating legacy of her Deep Listening Institute organization. She will be greatly missed by me and many, many others.