JG Everest, from Imnížaska, Mni Sota Makoče (St. Paul, Minnesota), is an historian, composer, designer, director, and performer. He creates immersive site-specific sound + performance installations for outdoor natural spaces, with an intention of providing transformative self-guided experiences that connect us more meaningfully to each other and the natural world. His deeper intention is to create spaces for healing, reflection, connection, and rejuvenation through spatial compositions and sonic architectures that accompany sounds and ‘dances’ in nature. He has designed and built an “instrument” to install and “play” / perform his site-specific, spatial compositions through 70+ wireless speakers housed in handmade vessels (wooden birdhouses, felt sculptures), across 3-5 acres. He accompanies the installation live with his roving Free Range Orchestra ensemble and other performers, including poets, dancers, and visual artists. He is a founding member of musical ensembles Lateduster, BLACKFISH, Roma di Luna, Sans Le Systeme, and Gold Minefield, and was music director with dance company Emily Johnson / Catalyst for over a decade, awarded a 2012 New York “Bessie” award for The Thank-you Bar. He is a 2019 McKnight Composers Fellow. In residence at Montalvo he will compose and design a site-specific sound + performance installation for Earth Day 2023.