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.
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.
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.
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, pianits, 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. George 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 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 George’s amazing achievements despite enormous obstacles. E&FA plans memorial tributes throughout next season and beyond.
20th anniversary season schedule (dates and events subject to change without notice):
• Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30PM, Makawao Union Church*, OGMUNDUR JOHANNESSON (Iceland), guitar, works by Toru Takemitsu, William Anderson, Ogmundur Johannesson, Tal Hurwitz, Oliver Kentish, others
• Saturday, January 12, 2019, 7:30PM, East Hawai’i Cultural Center*, Hilo, MULTIMEDIA, film, and music, works by Tom Vendetti, Peter Swanzy, Lee Walczuk, Dom Walczuk, others
• Saturday, February 16, 7:30PM, Ebb & Flow Ensemble featuring Ignace Jang, violin, Sung Chan Chang, ‘cello, Robert Pollock, piano
Program includes a newly E&FA commissioned work by Shinhee Park (Seoul); also works by Korean composers – Eugene Lee’s “Etude No. 2” for piano, Isang Yun’s “Konigliches Thema” for solo violin, Sun Young Park’s piano trio, “Heem,” (she will attend); other works: Elliott Carter’s piano trio, “Epigrams,” Maurice Ravel’s “Sonata” for violin and ‘cello; piano solos inspired by Korean poetry by William Anderson (NYC), Sarn Oliver CA), they will have been performed in Seoul in November 2018; and a new solo of mine, “Piano Synergy #4.” Atherton Studio, Honolulu. (for eventual broadcast by Hawai’i Public Radio)
• Sunday, March 3, 2019, 3PM, Ebb & Flow Ensemble featuring IGNACE JANG, violin, works by Shinhee Park, Eugene Lee, Isang Yun, Elliott Carter, Maurice Ravel, Sun Young Park, Peter Swanzy, Robert Pollock. New films by Tom Vendetti and Gary Greenberg, others; Maui Arta & Cultural Center, Castle Theatre
• Saturday, April 6, 2 shows, 1pm and 2pm, MUSIC OF THE SPHERES, Imaginarium*, Kaneohe, Oahu, part of Paliku Annual Spring Arts Festival – works by Peter Swanzy, Iannis Xenakis, Otto Luening, Sandra Sprecher, others
• Saturday, June 29, 7:30PM, ProArts Playhouse, Kihei, MULTIMEDIA, film, and music, works by Peter Swanzy, Tony Walholm, John Cage, Robert Pollock, others
• Sunday, July 21, 4PM, 20th anniversary concert, ADAM TENDLER, pianist, works by John Cage, George Walker, others, Makawao Union Church
* free admission
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), Korean American Foundation Hawai’i, 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.
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………….photos by Peter Swanzy………
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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
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)
Founder and director of Ebb & Flow Arts turns 70
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SARN OLIVER and FRIENDS – July 19, 2015
Seabury Hall, Makawao, Maui, Hawai’i
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.
Photos from the June 27th 2009 Multimedia Extravaganza Photos from Summer Music Hawaii . For more photos, see our photo page.