April 13 - RiverArts Salon: Plants, Music, Light and Art with Sam Nester

RiverArts Salons

A RiverArts Salon is a (virtual) place to learn something new, share ideas, explore interesting topics, see and be seen, and have fun.

Tuesdays from 5 - 5:45, on Zoom

Tuesday, April 13: Sam Nester

Musician, teacher, and all around delightful guy Sam Nester joined us to talk about his sound and light installations as well as his other fascinating projects involving music, film, and explorations around the world, from the Arctic Circle to the Australian Outback and New York City.

A version of Sam Nester's Arcadia sound and light installation is on exhibition at George Mason University. In addition to being accessible on campus, it will be streaming online via This one-year installation takes the natural biorhythms of Virginian native plants and converts them to MIDI data to control MIDI instruments and a corresponding synesthetic light installation in real-time. At the end of the year, all plants within the installation will be permanently planted on the GMU campus to continue to grow indefinitely, as part of a larger green consciousness idea.

Sam Nester is a passionate educator and advocate for high quality arts education programs. Since 2010, Nester has designed interactive education programs for a number of organizations and institutions in New York. He currently serves on trumpet faculty for The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, a Saturday instruction program that actively seeks students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the classical music field. Additionally, Nester serves as the artistic director for Bridge Arts Ensemble, an arts education organization that partners ensembles of professional New York City based musicians with schools in New York and in Charleston, South Carolina, serving more than 70,000 students annually.

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