Pollak, Linsey (Victor )
- James B. Kopp
(b Montreal, Canada, Nov 27, 1952). Instrument inventor and maker, based in Australia. From the age of ten, Pollak studied clarinet, piano, and music theory privately in Sydney. He began making bamboo flutes in 1971 and from 1973 ran community workshops in instrument making, beginning with flutes and panpipes. In 1976 he measured instruments in European collections and studied early woodwind making under John Hanchet in Breiteneich, Austria. Moving to London in 1977, he continued his study under Hanchet at the London College of Furniture, producing Renaissance flutes. He also studied bagpipes in Macedonia, and began to produce them in London after Macedonian and Bulgarian models; he continued this speciality on returning to Australia in 1979.
From 1980 Pollak began to make instruments from various house and garden objects, often introducing them in Australian, European, and East Asian festival productions. These included his ‘garden hose panpipes’, ‘watering can clarinet’, ‘rubber glove bagpipes’, and flutes and clarinets made of carrots. In ...