Ebb & Flow Arts: Bringing Music and Art Together For Hawai’i

  • George Walker (left) (1922-2018), Honorary President Emeritus (in Memoriam) of E&FA, with Robert Pollock, photo by Klazine Pollock

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 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  ebbandflowarts2013@gmail.com ___________________________________________________________ 

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.

E&FA productions receive support from Hawai’i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program, 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), Korean American Foundation Hawai’i, and private contributions. Web site service provided by Maui Web Designs.


Scenes from our concert on February 15:

SEASON 2020, All events free admission:

• Friday, March 27, 7:30PM, Kauai Community College PAC,      3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, Kauai – Duo Diorama, works by Elliott Carter, Winston Choi, Maurice Ravel, Igor Santos, others

• Sunday, March 29, 2PM, Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea, the Big Island – Duo Diorama, works by Elliott Carter, Winston Choi, Maurice Ravel, Igor Santos, others

• Saturday, June 13, 7PM, Maui Ocean Center Sphere, 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku – Music of the Spheres, works by Peter Swanzy, Edgar Varese, Robert Wehrman, Johanna Beyer, Jeffrey Hall, others 

(dates and events subject to change without notice)                                 


Cindy Paulos interviews Naomi Niskala and RP

Naomi with her daughter, Mia, and RP

Naomi Niskala performs music of Robert Helps on youtube

Naomi Niskala at Keawala’i Congregational Church, 11/15/2019




ProArts Playhouse on Saturday, June 29



Maui Arts & Cultural Center, March 3, 2019 

  • Pre-concert discussion with Tom Vendetti

Atherton Performing Arts Studio, 2/16/19 with Sun-Young Park after our performance of her piece, “Heem”

(l to r)  Sung Chan Chang, Sun-Young Park, RP, Iggy Jang

Track Record To date, E&FA has presented one hundred forty (140) 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 ninety-eight (498) works by one hundred sixty-three (163) composers, ninety-three (93) world premieres,  one hundred seventy (170) Hawai’i premieres,  ten (10) biennial presentations by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, fourteen (14) international festivals, twenty-two (22) KHPR radio broadcasts, nine (9), four hour Manao radio broadcasts, six-three (63) informances, five (5) public library lectures, 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: 32,000, not counting radio audiences – a total estimated 113,000 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. _____________________________________________________________________________

Multimedia for the New Year – January 5, 2019, East Hawai’i Cultural Center, Hilo

photos by Dom Walczuk, Grofilms

  • Tomas Belsky

All four E&FA commercial CD’s are available on the Internet

“20 Years of Ebb & Flow Arts,”

“Ebb & Flow Arts –  Explorations,”  




Thor Johannessen in recital, November 10, 2018, Makawao Union Church:

photo by Tony Novak-Clifford

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:30 pm, Iilshin Hall in Seoul

Veritas Musicae Music Festival 

– International Exchange Concert of Veritas Musicae and Ebb and Flow Arts  Music inspired by Korean poetry II: piano works Monologue IV by Jagyeong Ryu (inspired by Sang Yi’s poem) A New Path by Ju Hye Kim (inspired by Dong-Ju Yun’s poem) Stars by Peter Swanzy (inspired by Nam-Ju Kim’s poem) Poem No. 1 by Soojung Park (inspired by Sang Yi’s poem) I Am Nothing by Sarn Oliver (inspired by Seong-Ja Choe’s poem) (intermission) The Sea and a Butterfly, and Afterwards by Kyoungja Kim (inspired by Girim Kim’s poem) Salt Sea by Jiyoung Kim (inspired by Myung-In Kim’s poem) Dwelling by William Anderson (inspired by In-Soo Moon’s poem) Memories of Arirang Vol. 1 by Shinhee Park (inspired by Dong-Ju Yun’s poems) I. Echoes among the Mountains II. A Cricket and I III. A Sudden Shower of Rain Piano Synergy #3 by Robert Pollock (inspired by Dal-Ja Shin’s poem).


Dr.George Walker passed away on August 23, 2018.

He served as Honorary President of Ebb & Flow Arts from 2006 until his death. George Walker was a most noble and courageous human being. He embodied the answers to W. E. B. Du Bois’s famous four questions: How does integrity respond to oppression; decency to insult; honesty to deception; and virtue to brute force. No African-American could achieve so much without being the best at what he did. Despite racist oppression, he maintained absolute integrity as a composer, pianist, and educator. No matter the insult or injury, he remained a devoutly religious and decent person. He was honest about his concerns for accurate performances of his music. His autobiography recounts many times in which he faced down brute force by virtue of his character. We first became familiar with Walker’s compositions and pianism in New Jersey. Composers Guild of NJ, Inc. (1980-97) had the honor to present him in solo piano recitals, benefits in his honor, and other performances.  Later in Hawai’i, E&FA sponsored a multi-day residence (2006) that involved presentation of several of his songs, piano solos, and chamber pieces. Dr. Walker had the foresight to record most of his compositions for posterity on Albany Records. Most recently E&FA helped to produce a recording of his “Sinfonia #5,”* composed when he was 95. George Walker had extremely exacting standards. He demanded excellence.  When he did not get it, he was not shy about voicing his crtique – whether it be to a performer, critic, or other composer. In time, more and more people will recognize his amazing achievements despite enormous obstacles. E&FA plans memorial tributes throughout next season and beyond.

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

______________________________________________________________________________ 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. Thanks to a federal grant to HSFCA, several participants were from neighbor islands, including E&FA. SRO for Multimedia for the New Year………….photo by Peter Swanzy……… PANO_20180106_192652

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MOTSarticle_5_5_17,p.1 MOTSarticle_5_5_17,p.2 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

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: HERE 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

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SARN OLIVER and FRIENDS – July 19, 2015

Seabury Hall, Makawao, Maui, Hawai’i

2015-sarn-oliver-press-edits-9732 copy SARN OLIVER and FRIENDS (l to r) Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley,  Margaret Tait,  Shinya Abe

Scaling Haleakala, 5 lessons, K-5

  • EHCC, post-concert jam, February 2018 Tomas Belsky, center stage with beard


ABSTRACT 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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