painting above – “Contrast”  by Tomas Belsky


As part of Piano Synergy Festival, Ebb & Flow Arts announce two open rehearsals.

In preparation for Sunday’s concert on July 31, 4PMrehearsals open to the public will occur on Saturday, July 306-8PM and Sunday, July 31, 11AM – 2PM at Maui Music Conservatory, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center/Mall, 275 Ka’ahumanu Ave., 2nd floor

Free admission, donations gratefully accepted.

LISTEN ON THE RADIO – We have several advance interviews scheduled:

Tuesday, July 19, 11AM – 12PM – KAKU – 98.5FM, Bill Best’s “Off the Record”

Friday, July 22, 1PM – 1:30 – KMNO, Manao radio – 91.7FM
(livestream,, Bill Best, host

Sunday, July 24 – 10AM – 2PM, E&FA’s “Points of Departure” –
KMNO, Manao Radio – 91.7FM. Special guest, pianist Adam Tendler

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

Thursday, July 28 – 11-11:30AM, KAOI, 1110AM, Special guest, guitarist/composer William Anderson


Founder and director of Ebb & Flow Arts turns 70


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                                             PIANO SYNERGY FESTIVAL

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

                                                                               July 29-31, 2016.

                                                                             FREE ADMISSION

It will feature pianist Adam Tendler (NYC), pianist Joan Forsyth (NY), Maui-based pianists Robert Pollock, Pelarin Bacos and Marti Kluth, guitarist/composer, William Anderson (NY).as well as violinist, Ignace Jang (Honolulu), and pianist Marti Kluth (Maui). Concerts on July 29, 7:30PM at Seabury Hall’s A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center (480 Olinda Rd., Makawao), and July 31, 4PM, Maui Music Conservatory, Queen Ka’ahumanu Center (275 Ka’ahumanu Ave., 2nd floor, Kahului). Works include “Five Pianos” by Morton Feldman, “Corroboree” for 3 pianos by Earle Brown, as well as duo and solo piano works by Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Dina Koston, Arthur Berger, George Walker, Bela Bartok, and others including Emil Awad (Mexico) and Claude Ballif (France). Specially commissioned works by Sarn Oliver (CA), William Anderson, and Pelarin Bacos (Maui), will receive their premieres. Recording sessions and open rehearsals.

                                      COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS

                                               Photos by Peter Swanzy




Keokea……….On Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:30pm, at  Iao Theatre, 68 N. Market St., Wailuku (, Ebb & Flow Arts present a 3D film preview of “The Tibetan Illusion Destroyer” by Emmy award-winning film maker, Tom Vendetti. Also featured are the Maui Jazz Quartet, and three selections from E&FA’s video/electronic music series.

The event is free admission.

Tom Vendetti’s new 3D film will document the final six days of the Mani Rimdu ceremony in Nepal. The last day of the ceremony features the destruction of a large sand mandala that had been in the making for nine days. The sand that is gathered from the mandala is brought to a near-by river where it washes out to sea. Vendetti traveled to Nepal to film this extraordinary festival.


Vendetti writes: “Mani Rimdu is a 19-day sequence of sacred ceremonies and empowerments culminating in a public festival lasting four days. It is a recreation of legendary events and the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet.

Sitting below Mt. Everest in Tibet is the Romgbuk Monastery. It lies near the base of the north face of Mount Everest at 16, 340 feet above sea level. It is the highest monastery in the world. This is where the Mani Rimdu ceremony originated.  The ceremony over time traveled to the other side of Mount Everest to Nepal, and is currently held for the public in the Tongboche and the Chiwong Monasteries.





A purpose of the ceremony is to destroy illusion that leads to human suffering and promote empowerment for prosperity, happiness, and a long life.”


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Maui Jazz Quartet features many of jazz legend, Emil Richards’s compositions. Three of the four original Maui Jazz Quartet members – Danny M, Bass, Brian Cuomo, piano, and Paul Marchetti, drums – will perform at Iao Theatre. Completing the complement of four, John Zangrando will perform on saxophone and flute.

E&FA sponsored the release of Maui Jazz Quartet’s CD, now available on Internet –

E&FA’s “Music of the Spheres” (MOTS) programs at the state’s planetaria, feature visuals plus avant-garde electronic music. We will screen three MOTS works on May 21 – “Moe’uhane”, by composer/videographer, Peter Swanzy (Haiku) and visual artist, Tomas Belsky (Hilo); “Moonflight” by Otto Luening; and “Studies in Microscopy” by Gary Greenberg.

“We are thrilled to present a wide-ranging multi media show with 3D film, plus our finest jazz musicians” says E&FA Executive Director, Robert Pollock. “Tom Vendetti’s preview documents a fascinating glimpse of Buddhist tradition” he adds.

This event is part of E&FA’s annual, multi day, multi site, international NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST FESTIVAL 2016. NSEW Fest 2016 is produced, in part, with support from the Makana Aloha Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, AHS Foundation, John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture & Arts, Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, Edward T. Cone Foundation, BMI Foundation, Kosasa Family Foundation (ABC Stores), Central Pacific Bank Foundation, Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund, Earle Brown Music Foundation, 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  Find us on FACEBOOK –


EBB & FLOW ARTS featured in ONMAUI Magazine! (pp. 24-25)



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.
Contact us for hard copies –


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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

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

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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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