The newly founded ensemble “Ears Wide Open“ wants to transfer the philosophy of community music into concert formats.
Marion Haak-Schulenburg is a community musician, singer and music teacher. After studying
After studying school music at the Berlin University of the Arts, she worked as a choir director and music teacher for the Barenboim-Said Foundation in Ramallah from 2006 to 2009. Subsequently, she began freelancing as a choral conductor, workshop leader, vocal coach and lecturer at UdK Berlin, Landesmusikakademie NRW, among others. Since 2016 she has been a trainer for Musicians without Borders (NL).
As part of a doctorate, she is researching musical concepts in musical project work and is a research assistant at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in the MA “Inclusive Music Education / Community Music“.
Mathis Mayr has been a member of the Mosaik ensemble since 2008. He studied cello with Uzi Wiesel in Sydney / Australia and at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. In 2005 Mathis Mayr was awarded the Förderpreis für Musik der Stadt München. His repertoire includes works from Renaissance and folk music to contemporary compositions, from jazz to flamenco. He has played improvisation concerts with Sebastiano Tramontana, Gunnar Geisse and Christoph Reiserer, dance theatre projects with Monica Gomis and Mikel Aristegui, as a soloist cello concertos by Schumann and Dvořák as well as numerous world premieres of contemporary compositions.
Ravi Srinivasan is a percussionist, singer and composer, performing worldwide as a soloist and collaborating with orchestras and institutions such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Thalia Theater Hamburg and the Icelandic National Opera. Trained on the Indian tabla and in Indian classical vocal techniques, he is also known for his virtuoso whistling.
Ravi Srinivasan has composed music for numerous films, plays, ballet and classical Indian dance. His ensemble “Indigo Masala“ won the Creole World Music Prize in Hannover in 2006. In 2022 Ravi Srinivasan’s film “Dreams are like wild tigers“, for which he recorded tabla, percussion and vocals, won the German Film Music Award.
Gregor Schulenburg is a founding member of MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik, a member of the Ensemble Extrakte and guest musician with Ensemble Modern. His repertoire ranges from baroque to new and new and experimental music. He has a great interest in improvisation and in the diversity of ethnic music. In this context he is also in demand as a duduk and kyotaku player. After his music studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, Gregor Schulenburg was a scholarship holder of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) (2009/10).
Gregor Schulenburg has won prizes and scholarships at renowned competitions. In addition to his work as a performer and interpreter, he works in the field of community music and has been a trainer for the peace organisation Musicians without Borders since 2019 as well as Artistic Leader for the Ethnocamps of Jeunesses Musicales.