OMOPO means „One Mankind – One Planet Orchestra“. It’s our aim to use making music to create better integration of people of different backgrounds and nationalities. Therefore, we especially address refugee musicians, but also people with a migration background or all musicians who want to help as a band that we better get along with each other in our society.
Martin Seeliger und Angelika Vizedum are the band leaders
The OMOPO e.V. is a registered Association located in Munich that bears the cost of project as well as the instruments. These are funded entirely through donations. The musical directors of the orchestra are Martin Seeliger (saxophonist, flutist, didgeridoo player, composer, arranger and bandleader) and Angelika Vizedum (singer, percussionist and choir director). Both work at the Music School Grünwald and are freelance teachers (see also www.manymoons.de).
The association was founded in the summer of 2015 by Munich businessmen. The idea of OMOPO originated in a Jazz Workshop by Seeliger/Vizedum and is the continuation of a similar project that the two built a few years ago for asylum seekers in Munich that had to be discontinued due to lack of funding. The new association aims to secure long-term financing of the orchestra and also to expand the project if it is successful.
The band rehearses in “Come In” (Munich Neuperlach), which is a location of the district youth recreation centre. The first rehearsal sessions have already taken place. Anyone who would like to learn about the project or would like to just play are welcome. Please register and include your telephone number at email@example.com.
OMOPO Rehearsal in January 2016
Rehearsal Place: „Come In“, Rudolf-Vogel-Bogen 4, 81739 München-Neuperlach (next to metro and S-Bahn station Neuperlach Süd)
Due to a break the band doesn’t practice at the moment. As soon as we know the new dates we will announce them here.