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.





Manao Radio Broadcast – Points of Departure – May 14, 2017, 10AM – 2PM.

91.5FM, streaming at

Composer Lou Harrison centenary. He would have been 100 on this day! We will broadcast several of his works. Also planned is a discussion with Emmy-award film maker, Tom Vendetti. His new 3D film, “The Tibetan Illusion Destroyer,” will screen on May 20, 7:30PM at MACC Castle Theatre. Harrison’s piano music will also be performed by Berkeley-based pianist, Sarah Cahill, on May 20.
Finally on this broadcast, “Tony’s Corner” – Tony Walholm will offer music by Kurt Weill and Nina Simone.


Composer, Lou Harrison

SPRING, 2017 – Music education for 3rd grades at Kihei Elementary School

Saturday, May 20, 7:30PM – @ MACC Castle Theatre. Pianist Sarah Cahill (first half) – a celebration of composer Lou Harrison’s Centennial; Tom Vendetti 3D film(s) including “The Tibetan Illusion Destroyer” and a short film based on Vendetti’s interview with the Dalai Lama on the subject of happiness; short 3D film by Gary Greenberg with accompanying live music. Special guest, Keola Beamer.


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Lahaina News

*Sunday, May 21, 4PM – Sarah Cahill, full length recital, Kahilu Theatre, Kamuela. Works by Lou Harrison, Ruth Crawford, Terry Riley, Leo Ornstein, Johanna Beyer, George Antheil, Edward T. Cone, others.

*Friday, June 30, 6:15 -7:00PM – Gregory Walker, violinist/composer leads a master class, 7 – 7:30 – break, 7:30 – 8:15, informance. Maui Music Conservatory, Kahului.

*August 4-6, Violin Synergy Festival – Seabury Hall, Makawao Union Church, Keawalai Congregational Church –  Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, two other violinists tba.  Commissions, premieres, convening, open rehearsals, recording (as per MIMM objectives). E&FA receives generous support from Makana Aloha Foundation.  makanalogo

*FALL – d&stbd – multi media presentation (pending funds). 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 for piano with selected slides of abstract paintings by Maui-based artists – part of an ongoing musical-cultural exchange with Korea since 1990.

*free admission

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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

Purchase our CD!

March 5 – MACC presents E&F Ensemble – (l to r, Carlo Andrea Malanima, viola, Susan McGinn, flute, Iggy Jang, violin)



Paul Janes-Brown “Curtain Call” review of July 29 Piano Synergy concert.

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

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



Tuesday, July 26, 2 – 3PM – KAOI, 1110AM, Cindy Paulos’s “Talk Story”


Founder and director of Ebb & Flow Arts turns 70



                                             PIANO SYNERGY FESTIVAL

                      Ebb & Flow Arts and Maui Institute for Modern Music present Piano Synergy Festival

                                                                               July 29-31, 2016.

                                                                             FREE ADMISSION

                                      COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS

                                               Photos by Peter Swanzy


Full house at Iao Theater, May 21, 2016

Full house at Iao Theater, May 21, 2016




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

E&FA director offered a two hour lecture and performed a solo recital on September 30, 2015. Featured works are by Mario Davidovsky, Roger Sessions, Jose Saldana (assistant director of FIC21), Robert Pollock, William Anderson, Peter Schat, Olivier Messiaen, Milton Babbitt, Edward T. Cone, and Vivian Fine.

In Xalapa, we met again with our long time partner, William Anderson, guitarist and composer. He and his wife, pianist Joan Forsyth,  gave a recital as well that also featured a guitar orchestra.

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)



Please see the Facebook page for FIC21 2015 and FIC21 2014.



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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 AbeRPollock addresses audience

Robert Pollock addresses full house at A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center @ Seabury Hall,  July 19,  2015.


“Solo and Chamber Music by Edward T. Cone” – available on our web site. See menu above.
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Iggy Jang Hana Hou! Magazine Oahu 04.29.11                                                                             Ignace Jang, violin

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Ebb & Flow Arts co-produces CD, 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.



8/31/13  Music of the Spheres event photos Photos from the June 27th 2009 Multimedia Extravaganza Photos from Summer Music Hawaii 2009 Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, workshops at Kihei Elementary School. John Zangrando, workshop leader. Organized by Kihei Community Keiki Club for “furlough Fridays.   For more photos, see our photo page.

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