Cygnus releases “Entertwined: Compositions by Robert Pollock from 5 Decades”, featuring guitarist William Anderson, Cygnus, and the NJ Percussion Ensemble. The CD begins with "Revolution", commissioned for the US bicentennial, and from there, traces Pollock’s remarkable development. Pollock's voice is as distinct as his sound world featuring plucked strings and percussion. Paul Griffiths, in The NY Times, reviewed the NY premiere of Pollock's work for tutti Cygnus, saying, “Robert Pollock's luscious ''Cygnature Piece,''.... full of beautiful blendings, empty of expressive cliche, splendid and sonorous ...." Robert Pollock is a critically acclaimed pianist and composer, awards including NEA, Guggenheim, ISCM. He toured the world with the Cygnus Ensemble, the NJ Percussion Ensemble, and as a concert pianist. He has been and remains a tireless proponent of the music of his contemporaries, founding the Composers Guild of New Jersey and Ebb & Flow Arts in Hawai'i.
Robert Pollock, born 7/8/46 in New York City, is married to Klazine, with one daughter, Esther, and two granddaughters, Celeste, Beatrice. Robert Pollock received a B. A. in Music from Swarthmore College, an M.F.A. in Musical Composition from Princeton University, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition. He is co-founder of the New York Guild of Composers (1975), and founder/director emeritus of the Composers Guild of New Jersey (1980-1998). Since 1999, Pollock has directed a contemporary music and arts presenting organization, Ebb & Flow Arts, Inc., in Hawai'i. He has organized over 500 new music concerts. As pianist he has premiered over 100 compositions by composers from around the world. He has performed solo piano recitals in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He participated as composer-in-residence in Composer in Residence Day, William Paterson University, and the Festival for New American Music, Sacramento State University.
Some of his over one hundred-forty (140) compositions received recent performances throughout the world. He is the recipient of Composers String Quartet Award (first prize), and grants from NEA, NJSCA, Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, and Ingram Merrill Foundation. He is fellow of MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Millay Art Colony. Several of his works are recorded for CRI, CGNJ, Maui Institute for Modern Music, Furious Artisans, and Union of Composers, Tatarstan, Russia, labels. His works are published by Mobart, E.C. Schirmer, Veritas Musicae and Rosalime Productions.
CYGNUS ENSEMBLE/Entertwined: A progressive modernist that's won everything out there except a MacArthur, Robert Pollock experiments with sound and when he plays the piano---he really plays the piano. Actually, to the left of being Sunday afternoon wine and cheese music, there's no pots and pans and what there might be lacking in linearity, there's plenty of passion to make up for it. A contemporary classical set that you can approach without fear or apprehension.
– Chris Spector, 3/8/21 | http://midwestrecord.com/MWR1749.html