heiner goebbels: a house of call
my imaginary notebook (2020)

ensemble modern orchestra at tonhalle düsseldorf
7 sep 2021, 8 pm
heiner goebbels, ruhrtriennale 2012
heiner goebbels, ruhrtriennale 2012

»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 and diego ramos rodríguez (instrumentation), heiner goebbels and hendrik borowski (lighting director), norbert ommer (sound director)

composition commissioned by ensemble modern, berliner festspiele/musikfest berlin, kölner philharmonie, beuys 2021, elbphilharmonie hamburg, musica viva/bayerischer rundfunk, wien modern und casa da música. a project for bthvn 2020. supported by the federal government commissioner for culture and the media.

the concert in düsseldorf is sponsored by Kunststiftung nrw.

a publication to the concert will be published by neofelis verlag in august 2021.


tickets are available at the box office and in advance: via the tonhalle webshop and for reduced tickets (students, pensioners, trainees, unemployed, recipients of Hartz IV benefits, holders of the düsseldorf pass) by telephone 0211 - 91 38 75 38 or e-mail konzertkasse@tonhalle.de.

in accordance with the current corona protection ordinance in nrw, proof of convalescence, complete vaccination or negative test results (not older than 24 hours) must be presented upon admission. the obligation to wear a medical mask remains in force throughout the entire house - including at the seats. information on public operations and protective measures in the Tonhalle can be found here.


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