Musician Sam Nester in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park



Acclaimed Australian born trumpet player Sam Nester leads a diverse career as a performer and educator. He joins us on this episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Toast to Parks & The Arts” Show during his one-month National Parks Arts Foundation residency in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Hear about his music career, travels, artist residency at Bruny Island, plus his Arcadia interactive sound and light installation that uses the biorhythms of plants to create music and corresponding light cues. It works by converting the fluctuations in galvanic conductance of plants to MIDI data to control MIDI instruments in real time so you can experience “plants making music.” Featured music on this episode (with permission) includes “Bruny” and “Hector.” Watch here in the YouTube player or listen to the podcast on PodBean or SoundCloud.


Nester has performed for Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival & Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, the Paris Opera Ballet, Wordless Music Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Festival of New Trumpet Music among others. For these ensembles and others, Nester has premiered works by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams, John Cale (Velvet Underground), and John Zorn. The recipient of numerous awards, Nester has been a Fulbright Scholar, a recipient of the Australian Music Foundation Award, Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Award and an American Australian Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund grantee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium and Bachelor of Music from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (First Class Honors). He received a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, earning the Helen Cohn Award for outstanding performance. His primary trumpet teachers include David Elton and Mark Gould. More:

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