Linsey Pollak – Band leader and woodwind player

Linsey Pollak, band leader and woodwind player/soloist in the Unusual Suspects

Linsey Pollak

Linsey Pollak is well known all around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia since 1996.

He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. He has also performed at most major Festivals around Australia and recorded 31 albums (solo & with various groups). He has devised many large Festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo!! (Woodford and Brisbane Festivals) and “Sound Forest” (Qld Music Festival) and also collaborated on many Music / Theatre projects around Australia (currently – “Falling Like a Bird” and “This Little Life”).

He has worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia).

Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from found objects such as rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms and bins. First developed in his solo show “Bang it with a Fork” and further in the acclaimed children’s show “Out of the Frying Pan”, this line of musical inventiveness has ultimately led him to spearhead Live Looping and develop his solo shows such as “Knocking on Kevin’s Door”, “Playpen”, “The Art of Food”, “Making Jam”, “Cycology” and “Passing Wind”.

Linsey’s current musical projects include his new solo show “Live & Loopy”, Eurobeat duo “Slavka & Zivko” with Nadia Sunde, Outdoor Water based Extravaganza “The Dream of Zedkat Nabu”, “This Little Life” with Mark Bromilow, World music duo “Dva” with Tunji Beier, MalletKat trio “KatSkan”, and the Community Balkan Gypsy style street band “The Unusual Suspects”.

From the Press:

“The unexpected is what Pollak…does so well.” — The Courier Mail, Brisbane

“Pollak’s creativity shines…combining comedy and music making.” — Hong Kong Standard

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