Renée T. Coulombe
Renée T. Coulombe is an artist, musician and scholar of considerable breadth: composer, improviser, media artist, producer, critical theorist and publisher. She is founder of the new media publishing company, Banshee Media, and the international transmedia performance collective, Improvised Alchemy, both explore the nexus of emergent media art, immersive technologies and digital distribution, collaborating across borders, genres and disciplines and bringing unique visions to life. In 2018, she opened Improvised Alchemy’s new workshop, performance and recording space in the historic neighborhood of Friedrichshain, Berlin.
A prolific experimental musician and improviser, she has performed around the globe in a staggering diversity of venues as both a refereed and invited visiting artist, including many performances with her free-funk collective Erroneous Funk. She has recordings available on Everglade, Open Space, and through Banshee Media. In 2018 she completed her Deep Listening Certification through the Center for Deep Listening (Rensselaer Polytechnic University) joining the global ranks of workshop leaders and practitioners certified through the new Deep Listening Institute. As an academic, she has taught at the University of California, San Diego, University of San Diego and Mesa College. From 2000 to 2010, she was an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at UC Riverside, where she also founded and directed the Free Improvisation Ensemble, represented the campus in the UC Institute for Research and the Arts, and produced several system-wide interarts events. As a scholar, she is published widely on topics of contemporary music, sound art and music in media, in international anthologies and journals; she presents her scholarly work regularly as both invited and refereed panelist at conferences around the globe. She is an associate editor of Perspectives of New Music and contributing editor to The Open Space Magazine.
Feli Cabrera López, "Efe Ce Ele"
Autumn Artist-in-Residence 2019
The Willows Nest is proud to feature multifaceted Artist, Designer, Writer and Trangender Activist; focused on human body, abstraction, perception, physics and semiotics as our Autumn Artist in Residence.
She is a strange mix between “opposites” concepts, a constant confrontation against binarism culture (body/mind, order/chaos, good/wrong, male/female, right/left…). Her art production methods develop her view of life, her resultant artworks are always a conflictive contrast between neo-expressionism and minimal-design, between abstraction and figuration, between health and illness, between clean and abject and between other “betweens”, always transiting between the limited concepts.
As an artist she works in formats like music, sound-art, transmedia-performance and transmedia-installation. She has exhibited on different places like International Image Festival, Contemporary Venice, Balance Unbalance, The Wrong Biennale and Escuchar Festival, among others.
Musician, teacher, performer and psychologist. He has studied frame drums from Zohar Fresco since 2010. Studied also from i.a. Bijan Chemirani, Jacek Ostaszewski, Sabina Giannatou, Efren Lopez, Andrew Morrish, Iwona Olszowska. Apart from music, he is involved in movement improvisation and performance field as well as in varied forms of somatic work like mindfulness, psychogenic training, BMC, martial arts, traditional dances i.a. from Poland and Greece. In his teaching he uses those methods and experiences to make learning easier and more intuitive.