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 Teaching Studio

We invite you to learn and grow your music making at The Willows aNest or online. Develop your musical voice through one-on-one or group lessons, with a focus on creation, exploration and production. Master new techniques while composing with guided explorations of music history and music theory. Composer-performers particularly welcome, and I offer piano lessons alongside composition and theory for those wishing to develop all three at once. With a carefully designed course of study designed around your own particular musical goals, you can take your work to the next level – even grow beyond your wildest dreams.
The Willows Nest is the teaching studio of composer-performer and producer Renée T. Coulombe, who has taught successful composers both privately and at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Europe for more than two decades. She received both a Masters (Columbia University) and Doctorate (University of California, San Diego) in music composition and theory, with a strong focus on music and technology. She is currently the Program Lead for Creative Music Production at the Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts and Technology, and regularly collaborates with a number of professional ensembles and creative organizations.
All styles of music including contemporary classical, acousmatic, electronic, experimental, and more are welcome with individualized instruction plans to meet your unique goals and artistic aspirations.

Individual and group lessons in music composition, improvisation, Deep Listening and music theory.

Group sessions begin in February 2022!

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Production 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.  We love to work closely with artists in experimental or improvisational approaches to bring their media visions to life.

With extensive experience in creating performance documentaries and trailer editing, we help bring your recorded performance to new audiences through exceptionally edited and produced documentation ready for streaming or publication. 

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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