International Festivals - Jalapa, Mexico
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.
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.
l to r: violinists Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, Melissa Kleinbart, Yun Chu
Sarn Oliver, composer
Pelarin Bacos, composer
Lauren Vendervelden, composer
Luciano Berio, composer
Joyce Orenstein, composer
Bela Bartok, composer
Mariko Smiley and Sarn Oliver, violinists
Witold Lutoslawski, composer
Yun Chu, violinist
Melissa Kleinbart, violinist
Robert Pollock, composer
Composer, Lou Harrison (1917 – 2003)
E&FA receives generous support from Makana Aloha Foundation.
FALL – d&stbd – Event in planning – multi media presentation*. Tony Walholm’s libretto based on Plato’s “The Cave,” a multi media stage composition based on stories from Jim Loomis’s book, “Tales from the Trees,” “Abstract Paintings” by Shinhee Park – part of an ongoing musical-cultural exchange with Korea.
Winter/Spring/Summer events TBA.
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:
“Feldman in Hawai’i….You are working miracles.”
(Paul Griffiths, author, librettist, poet, former music critic for New York Times)
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
SARN OLIVER and FRIENDS (l to r) Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, Margaret Tait, Shinya Abe
LONG-RANGE PLAN – MAUI INSTITUTE for MODERN MUSIC (MIMM)
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.
Gathering after house concert
RP performs house recital
After 9/30 recital in Xalapa
after 9/30 recital
after 9/30 recital
9/28 student compositions and performances
Dr. Emil Awad, founder and director of FIC21
with composer, Jose Saldana, co-director of FIC21
posters for FIC21 2015
in front of FIC21 2015 posters In front of posters for FIC15 2015
George Walker, RP Montclair, NJ
October 4, 2014
Richardson auditorium, Princeton
view from new, ultramodern concerthall
which way the exit? RP, Bill Anderson, Alejandro
upscale Jalapa street
RP, Emil's mother, Emil. two sons
FIC 2014 poster
Haysun Kang, pianist, 9:23:14
gustavo and ano
Gustavo, Bill, Robert
guitar orchestra after concert, September 22
Emil Awad and his assistant, Alicia
Klazine at Coatepec mural
Klazine at Teatro del Estado
hotel side view
day of protest September 24
Bill, Gustavo, orchestra
Bill, Elizabeth, Gustavo, orchestra Opening night, September 22, Teatro del Estado
Photos from the June 27th 2009 Multimedia Extravaganza Photos from Summer Music Hawaii . For more photos, see our photo page.