earswideopen is a trio that consists of Jurriaan Berger (piano, melodica, lost & found department), Felix Hildenbrand (acoustic and electric bass) and Achim Heine (drums and various percussion).
Their music is based on (jazz) improvisation; sometimes serious, sometimes slightly mad, maybe a bit sentimental or fat ‘n groovy. It could go different ways, but it’s not without direction. Music from all kinds of sources is welded together in unexpected medleys.
Ever since Achim, Felix and Jurriaan started playing together in 2003, they noticed a common trademark style: ‘ears open and just play’ – hence the name.


Earswideopen produces amazing, swinging, thoughtful, exuberant, beautiful and eardrum bashing sounds. From Ghanese war dances and old-time blues via Thelonious Monk and Jennifer Lopez to their own compositions and completely improvised pieces. Achim, Felix and Jurriaan want to make music that is expressive and communicative.

Their first CD was released in 2011, and contained the fruits of many gigs together; featuring their own compositions and free improvisations, various 'lost and found' items, it is produced by the trio with Paul Willemsen. Also, Dutch master trumpet player Eric Vloeimans joins in for two completely improvised pieces with the trio.