Sound Gardens

Composer / Director JG Everest has been developing his “Sound Garden” installation model through a series of artist residencies and public performances, beginning in 2016, with early experiments stretching back to his decade of working as Music Director and lead collaborator for Catalyst Dance.

In 2018, Minneapolis-based award-winning Composer / Director James Everest travels to four different outdoor sites around Minnesota to develop and present four site-specific “Sound Garden” performance installations – one for each season – around a theme of the sacredness and of Water.  This 4-part suite of spatial, durational compositions is funded by an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

The first event was the WINTER SOUND GARDEN on Feb 18, 2018, at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, the culmination of Everest’s two years as Artist In Residence at Lake Nokomis Park.

The SPRING SOUND GARDEN took place at Harbor Park in Grand Marais, on Sunday May 27 as part of the annual Art Along The Lake event.

The SUMMER SOUND GARDEN took place at Silverwood Park in St Anthony on Sunday July 22 in partnership with the Three Rivers Park District.

The fourth and final Sound Garden event is the AUTUMN SOUND GARDEN at Manomin Park / Rice Creek in Fridley, MN.

“My spatial soundscores are designed and intended to provide an immersive experience for the listener that connects them more deeply to a specific place and time in their lives and community.”


2018 Sound Garden Events 

  1. WINTER Sound Garden on Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis – Feb 18
  2. SPRING Sound Garden at Harbor Park in Grand Marais, MN – May 27
  3. SUMMER Sound Garden at Silverwood Park in St Anthony, MN – July 22
  4. Wolf House Sound Garden open house at The Wolf House, Minneapolis – July 28
  5. AUTUMN Sound Garden at Manomin Park / Rice Creek in Fridley, MN – Sept 30
  6. Candlelight Solstice Sound Garden, location TBD – December 21


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.