The Willows Nest is a private home where artists regularly gather to grow and share their practice. A new collaborative platform, teaching studio and production studio in the heart of Friedrichshain, Berlin. We are an independent creative space without corporate or institutional funding—an art space created by participating artists who aim to build community, develop individual projects, and share their practices with like minds. We are dedicated to supporting emerging work and new artists while building networks across performing disciplines, developing communities, and present a creative entity through a safe space by sharing work through publication, live streaming and an online presence. Committed to the practices of Deep Listening, improvisation, experimentation and interdisciplinary research across the arts and sciences, we engage the arts in a new way: making them right at home.

The Willows Nest was founded by composer-performer, media artist and producer, Renée T. Coulombe whose vision of a new kind of artistic space arose during her time as Assistant Professor of Music with the University of California, Riverside.  With an aim to embrace emergent and established artistic practices and make  them accessible to everyone–via private house concerts, intimate and engaging workshops, interactive courses, networking and community events. These events are donation based, with no one turned away for lack of funds, believing world-class artistic education can happen in alternative and supportive spaces.

With a mission to sustain collaboration across borders, genres and disciplines, we’re not just trying to help artists and audiences at The Willows Nest, we want to make our neighborhood, our city, our environment and our world a better place. Fostering collaboration over competition, we seek to make the experience of great art a personal one, accessible to everyone wanting to be engaged. The space is light-filled from morning until night – on the top floor with a terrace so you are sure to catch some rays as a bonus.

See our Events page in the main menu (top) for a complete list of regularly scheduled classes, events and workshops.  Browse the Artists page to learn about the folks who will be leading or presenting.  We have discount packages for anyone wishing to attend workshops weekly – and we’ll even throw in a free house concert so it isn’t all work and no play.  Contact us via email to discuss subscription options. 

Our first Artist Residency in 2020: Lisa E. Harris

photo credit: JJGFREE

Lisa E. Harris, Li, is an interdisciplinary artist, performer and composer from Houston Texas, USA. Li is a trained classical voice/opera singer from Manhattan School of Music and  is certified as a facilitator of DEEP LISTENING, the sonic philosophies of composer Pauline Oliveros, from the Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute. Her work focuses on the energetic relationships between body, land, spirit and place. She uses voice, theremin, movement, text and new media to explore healing in performance.

Recognized by the Huffington Post  as “One of Fourteen Artists that are Transforming Opera,” Lisa E. Harris is a creator. From Houston,Texas, this American soprano and composer who often creates with media, performance, and installation, is a filmmaker, singer/ songwriter, writer, educator, community organizer, environmental transformer and Mother Earth advocate as well.

Harris clarifies her artistic voice through experimental film, improvisational performance and compositional practices, and further translates her music through the application of natural sciences, spirituality, popular song, melody, harmony, ritual and ceremony. She recently performed “Work Songs” at the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2007, Harris founded Studio Enertia, a multi-media production collective and in 2013 began the artists run Studio Enertia Artist Residency Program in Houston. A collaborative artist with Jason Moran presents A Fats Waller Dance Party, Harris is a featured vocalist along with Meshell N’degecello on the Grammy nominated album All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller. She is a 2015 Valiante Award recipient, a 2016 inaugural artist in residence at The New Quorum and a 2017 MANCC Forward Dialogues Fellow at FSU. Her two new opera films “Cry of the Third Eye” and “Children of the Lost”  use vocal composition and film to amplify the quelled voices of youth and displaced people due to rapid gentrification in Houston’s Third Ward. Harris attained a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Mannes College and a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music.

The Willows Nest is the home of Improvised Alchemy Performance Collective, Banshee Media Publishing, and the Sounds Curious Podcast:

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