IONE is an author/playwright / director and an improvising text-sound artist. In addition to multiple performances internationally, she has created numerous large music theater works with her creative partner and spouse, the composer Pauline Oliveros. These Include the opera The Nubian Word for Flowers; A Phantom Opera, 2017 Roulette Intermedium and NWF Pocket Edition, NYPL @Lincoln Center 2020. Other works include: Njinga the Queen King; The Return of a Warrior (BAM’s Next Wave Festival), Io and Her and the Trouble with Him; A Dance Opera in Primeval Time - U of Wisconsin’s Union Theater and The Lunar Opera: Lincoln Center Out of Doors. IONE also created the film, Dreams of the Jungfrau with sound design by Oliveros. IONE's memoir, Pride of Family; Four Generations of American Women of Color, was a New York Times Notable Book on its publication. A journalist for many years IONE, published in major magazines and newspapers throughout the 80s including The Village Voice, The Gannet Chain and Vogue. She was Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute, Ltd for 15 years and is currently a Deep Listening Consultant at the Center for Deep Listening ®, Troy, NY. As Founding Director of M.o.M., Inc. (The Ministry of Maåt), in Kingston, NY since 1997, IONE conducts workshops and seminars throughout the world, encouraging a vibrant international community of writers, visual artists, and musicians. MoM disseminates the work of Pauline Oliverosand other artists worldwide. IONE received the 2019 Arts Mid Hudson Individual Artists Award and a Certificate of Merit from the General Assembly of the State of New York, and was a member of the Kingston Arts Commission for several years. IONE's most recent opera TOUCH, with composer Karen Power, premiered at Irish National Opera in 2021
An Unfinished ‘Phantom Opera’ Is Completed With Love
Pauline Oliveros died last year, leaving “The Nubian Word for Flowers.” The surreal meditation on colonialism that she created with her partner, IONE, debuted on Thursday November 30th.
By Thomas May, Nov. 24, 2017, NY Times
WATCH: Trailer for The Nubian Word for Flowers