About Us

The Willows Nest is a private home where artists regularly gather to grow and share their practice. A new collaborative node, teaching studio and production resource in the heart of Friedrichshain, Berlin.
We are an independent creative force—an impromptu art haven created and ever re-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 presenting 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 is the home of composer-performer, media artist and producer, Renée T. Coulombe whose vision of a new kind of artistic community 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 intimate and engaging workshops, interactive online courses, networking and community events produced around Berlin. These events are often 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, Renée’s work is dedicated to creating great art on an accessible scale, and creating vibrant new cross-genre work with a startling array of collaborators. Check out several of her projects, including IMprovised Alchemy Performance Collective, Banshee Media publishing and the Sounds Curious Podcast.
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.

Our Artists

Renée T. Coulombe, PhD, is a musician, scholar, and entrepreneur of considerable breadth. At once a a composer of instrumental, electronic and acousmatic works, she is also an active improvising and experimental pianist and vocalist, a commercial and private producer and publisher, a transmedia installation artist and performer, and a scholar engaged at the intersections of critical theory, music and media.   

A prolific composer, her works have been broadcast, streamed and performed live at festivals and venues around the globe, and at such notable venues as  She is founder of the new media publishing company, Banshee Media, which explores the nexus of emergent media art, immersive technologies and digital distribution. She collaborates frequently in a variety of improvising and experimental performance ensembles including the transmedia collective, Improvised Alchemy, and the experimental sound and visual art duo, Les Demoiselles D’Analogue with visual and sound artist, Aude Rrose. In 2018, she opened The Willows Nest, as a private production and teaching platform in the historic neighborhood of Friedrichshain, Berlin. Here she cultivates and nurtures independent and emergent art and artists through teaching, mentorship and an adaptive production platform. The Willows Nest hosts several ongoing production activities, including streaming events, online teaching and workshops focused on music composition, improvisation, Deep Listening and media content creation. 

A professor of music theory and composition, she currently teaches at Catalyst Institute for Arts and Technology in the historic Funkhaus, Berlin. She has previously taught at the University of California, University of San Diego, Mesa College and Art Institute in the United States. Her scholarly works have been published in international journals and collections, and presented at conferences and festivals around the globe.

She is an audio producer for the educational app Blinkist, available at www.blinkist.com. Active as an audio producer for many freelance radio and broadcast clients, she also hosts and produces the Sounds Curious podcast exploring fringes of sound art, field recordings, experimental composition and improvisation.

More information, and selected media, can be found on her website:

http://www.reneetcoulombe.com 

Production Services

Our Services:

We offer full artistic and professional media production and post for a variety of private, institutional and corporate clients. 

We specialize in live recording, audio editing, mixing and mastering, as well as original scoring for film and editing media for broadcast.  We specialize in working with artists to bring their media visions to life.

With extensive experience in creating music videos and performance documentaries as well as trailer editing, we help bring your recorded performance to new audiences through exceptionally edited and produced documentation. 

We also offer press and concept writing for artistic projects and work with artists to articulate their vision through concept statements, press releases or creative biographies. From conception through publication and distribution, we can help bring your creative vision to a global audience. 

We can create full performance productions, interactive media or site specific installations for both institutional and corporate clients. 

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People like you are heroes – willing to actually support new art and the artists who make it happen!  Every single dollar of your support keeps the lights on, the audio rolling, and the artists fed here in our new physical and virtual new home.

Thank you for investing in our global movement of artists who chose collaboration over competition, and support unique visions across borders, genres and disciplines.  You are the most important part of our global great-art-for-everyone movement!