painting above – “Contrast”  by Tomas Belsky

Ebb & Flow Arts, Inc. (E&FA) is a 501 (c) (3) non profit presenter of modern music and multi media events. It is the only such presenter in Hawai’i, and was founded in 1999, by composer/pianist Robert Pollock. It aims to build bridges between the arts.


Mission Statement

The work of composers and artists is central for an enlightened culture. Ebb & Flow Arts enriches the soul of the community by educating the children and by presenting contemporary music, art and multi media on Maui, in Hawai’i, and around the world. Functioning in an international network, E&FA helps to provide a stage from which to inspire our culture to find new horizons.


Track Record

To date, E&FA has presented one hundred thirty-two (132) concert/multi-media events in Maui, Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island, Sacramento, Berkeley and Oakland, California, Tokyo, Japan, Seoul, South Korea, and Jalapa, Mexico. These events included performances of  four hundred sixty-eight (468) works by one hundred fifty-nine (159) composers, eighty-eight (88) world premieres,  one hundred fifty-seven (157) Hawai’i premieres,  eight (8) biennial presentations by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, twelve (12) international festivals, twenty (20) KHPR radio broadcasts, eight (8), four hour Manao radio broadcasts, fifty-nine (59) informances and one thousand two hundred sixty-seven (1,267) school music lessons. Audiences continue to grow. Often E&FA events fill their venues to capacity or SRO. Estimated total attendance: 30,000, not counting radio audiences – a total estimated 110,000 listeners. E&FA with its international profile and history of achievements, provides concert, education, and recording experiences that rival any on the mainland. Our substantial core audience of repeat attendees for modern music continues to grow.  Like few places on the planet, these magical islands of Hawai’i, inspire singular creations and performances that enrich the community. We attribute E&FA’s two decades of activity to our consistent quality and our laser-like focus on mission.


E&FA productions receive support from Aaron Copland Fund for Music (NYC), AHS Foundation (MN), John R. Halligan Charitable Fund (Chicago), Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (Honolulu), Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music (Washington D. C.), Edward T. Cone Foundation (NYC), BMI Foundation (NYC), Kosasa Family Foundation (ABC Stores) (Honolulu), Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund (Maui), Vendetti Productions LLC (Maui), Amphion Foundation (NYC), and private contributions. Web site service provided by Maui Web Designs.

Ebb & Flow Arts, Inc. (E&FA) is a non profit presenter of modern music and multi media events. It is the only such presenter in Hawai’i, and was founded in 1999, by composer/pianist Robert Pollock. It aims to build bridges between the arts and connect artistic expressions and cultures. E&FA creates a global sound board and mirror for music and art in Hawai’i. We also teach children how to read & write music with “Scaling Haleakala,” an original curriculum.

Further information:  (808) 876-1854, and

Here is George Walker’s “Sinfonia No. 5 “Visions” – the version with video and narration




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Arts Chat at HSFCA, March 21

Jonathan Johnson, Executive Director of HSFCA, looks on as featured speaker, Melanie Ide (left) talks about her institution, Bishop Museum. March 21, Honolulu.

Arts Chat

Thanks to a federal grant to HSFCA, several participants were from neighbor islands, including E&FA.






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SRO for Multimedia for the New Year………….photos by Peter Swanzy………






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E&FA in California (see slide show above):

Nov. 4, 8PM – Berkeley Hillside Club, works by George Crumb, Sarn Oliver, Edward T. Cone, Shinhee Park, Robert Pollock

Sarn Oliver  and Yun Chu   violins    Dave Gaudrey  Viola  David Goldblatt  Cello   Robert  Pollock  piano

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Nov. 6, participation in 40th annual Festival for New American Music.  Robert Pollock gave a lecture/performance, and masterclass.

see poster

• January 6, 2018, ProArts Playhouse, 1280 S. Kihei Rd. Kihei – multi media presentation. Tony Walholm’s libretto based on Plato’s “The Cave,”  a multi media stage composition based on poems from Jim Loomis’s book, “Tales & Flukes from Life in the Trees, Fractal One – Saving the Cosmos (’til Tuesday),” “Abstract Paintings” by Shinhee Park – part of an ongoing musical-cultural exchange with Korea, 3D film by Tom Vendetti, Gary Greenberg, others, original film by Peter Swanzy, and more.

Spring events TBA.





HPR INTERVIEW, April 11, with CHRIS van der Cook about Music of the Spheres

HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Music of the Spheres

Talk Story with Cindy Paulos, Tuesday, February 20, about March 5th MACC presentation

“Ebb & Flow Arts –  Explorations,”  now available on Internet

Untitled copy

cover art by Peter Swanzy


David Lewiston, famed musical explorer, passed away in May.  E&FA were honored that he was a member of our Advisory Board.  He often attended our events, even when confined to a wheel chair, thanks to help by another Advisory Board member and devoted friend of David, Shannon Smith.  See two obituaries:


and HERE

Also, an essay by his friend and Executor of Lewiston archives, Brian Cullman

“Feldman in Hawai’i….You are working miracles.”

(Paul Griffiths, author, librettist, poet, former music critic for New York Times)

Founder and director of Ebb & Flow Arts turns 70                                          

Full house at Iao Theater, May 21, 2016

Full house at Iao Theater, May 21, 2016,  photo by Peter Swanzy


Ebb & Flow Arts again participated in FIC21 2015, a new music festival in Xalapa, Mexico, c/o University of Veracruz, Dr. Emil Awad, director.

On October 6, 2015, Robert gave a solo recital house concert at the home of James Carmichael, 6885 Chabot Rd., Oakland, CA.

(see slide shows below)


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SARN OLIVER and FRIENDS – July 19, 2015

Seabury Hall, Makawao, Maui, Hawai’i


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SARN OLIVER and FRIENDS (l to r) Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley,  Margaret Tait,  Shinya Abe




Ebb & Flow Arts co-produces CD, TANGLED FLOW, now available on Internet!

Scaling Haleakala, 5 lessons, K-5


Maui Institute for Modern Music – MIMM – When our Board asks how to perpetuate the work of Ebb & Flow Arts, long term, a recent idea occurs that may offer a cogent answer: Maui Institute for Modern Music (MIMM). Our institute will occur annually during a four consecutive week time frame. MIMM is a hybrid of two organizations: Maui Classical Chamber Music Festival, and Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris). The former hosts mainland musicians for a week of concerts on Maui. The latter hires full time musicians to rehearse, record, and perform the most challenging modern music. MIMM is an evolution of Ebb & Flow Arts. In the past, E&FA presented ten, sprawling annual North South East West Festivals. MIMM will ensure the best of our work and personnel – glorious, full capacity audiences hearing uncompromising programs of modern music performed by expert professional musicians in Paradise! We will distill these in annual, concentrated celebrations of modern music and related multi media stage compositions. MIMM will further place Maui on the international map as a global center for innovative, cutting-edge music and culture. MIMM under the control of E&FA, is a worthwhile vehicle for continuity:  It helps to gain the participation of younger musicians; it retains its well developed audiences of overflow crowds on Maui; it commercially records its work for the world to hear through Internet; it educates the general public and public school children; it is statewide with concerts on other Hawaiian islands; it establishes an international touring ensemble which each year rehearses and performs cutting-edge music; it is manageable because of its predictable, confined time frame each year, its unique, distinct purpose, and its compelling, committed international network. The focus will be on the most challenging modern music, including large chamber ensemble. Works include Schoenberg, “Serenade” for voice and 7 instruments, Boulez, “Le Marteau sans Maitre” for voice and 6 instruments, Sessions, “Concertino”, for 21 instruments, Antheil, “Ballet Mecanique”  for 4  pianos and percussion, Charles Wuorinen “Concerto for flute and 10 instruments”. As MIMM evolves, we will seek out of state enrollment for master classes and private lessons. Eventually a MIMM Ensemble will tour and record commercially. Musicians and guest composers with whom we have worked will participate regularly; for example, Duo Diorama – Minghuan Xu, violin, and Winston Choi, piano (Chicago) – Sarn Oliver, violin (California), Scott Anderson, clarinet, and Joanna Morrison-Pernela, ‘cello (Honolulu), Adam Tendler, piano (NYC), and Jerry Kuderna, piano (Berkeley). E&FA’s multi media group – renowned musicians, painters, dancers from Maui – will also collaborate with the musicians to create original stage compositions at MIMM.  MIMM will comprise three public performances, several master classes, public informances, public school music lessons, many rehearsals (some open), and recording sessions.



Photos from the June 27th 2009 Multimedia Extravaganza Photos from Summer Music Hawaii .  For more photos, see our photo page.

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