»the idea of music is more of a future idea, not something that should refer to the past.« joseph beuys, 1985d
the beuys celebrations in 2021 could not pass by without special consideration being given to his impact on other art forms and on the work of artists today whose ideas, methods and themes would hardly have come about in their present form without his influence. the artist and composer heiner goebbels is inspired both by beuys’s musical fluxus actions and by the political and ecological dimensions of his art. goebbels’s most recent orchestral work »a house of call. my imaginary notebook« has multiple connections with prominent themes in beuys’s work: foreign voices from central asia, georgia and iran are heard in this »lieder evening for orchestra« as are ritual language forms devised by samuel beckett and heiner müller, which are juxtaposed with shamanistic recitations by indigenous peoples in colombia. as if executing secular responses, the whole orchestra reacts to these cries, utterances, prayers and incantations.
ensemble modern orchestra, vimbayi kaziboni (conductor), heiner goebbels (lighting director), norbert ommer (sound director)
composition commissioned by ensemble modern, berliner festspiele/musikfest berlin, elbphilharmonie hamburg, musica viva/bayerischer rundfunk, kölner philharmonie, wien modern/wiener konzerthaus and »beuys 2021«.
a project for bthvn 2020. supported by the federal government commissioner for culture and the media.