A House of Call – my imaginary notebook
English translation by Naomi Boyce
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- ISBN: 9783958084148
German edition avaible here.
A book based on a concert or a concert based on a book?
In recent years, composer and theatermaker Heiner Goebbels has regularly collected recordings of voices during his travels, chance encounters, projects, and research. Unique, peculiar voices that have touched, disturbed, excited, alienated him. These are voices from very different contexts, soundscapes, musical traditions, and languages, folk material, rituals, literature, recorded in the course of the last hundred years or so. This phonographic collection in an imaginary notebook has now become two things:
A House of Call as a full-evening concert for the Ensemble Modern Orchestra, in which these voices will often be heard on a concert stage for the first time and set the tone: cries, calls, invocations, incantations, prayers, speech acts, poems, songs. The orchestra presents, supports, accompanies them, responds to or contradicts them – like a secular “responsory.”
A House of Call. Material Counter as a book that uses numerous documents, texts, images, and sources to try to trace what distinguishes these voices. About half of these voices were recorded on wax cylinders with historical phonographs, and their origins are often ambivalent. Many reasons may have led to the recordings: ethnomusicological or music and linguistic research, sociological or anthropological interests.
Heiner Goebbels’ music is a direct answer to the complexity and grain of the voices, their vibrancy and the history of these recordings. The book discusses the heterogeneous contexts of how they were created and explores the question, for example, of whether these voices were recorded at concerts or under questionable, for example colonial, circumstances and what makes them unique.
The original edition in German was published on August 30, 2021 for the concert’s premiere at the Philharmonie in Berlin. In 2022 and 2023, the Ensemble Modern Orchestra will continue its tour on international stages. See www.heinergoebbels.com for details.
> June 18, 2022, 8:30 pm: Concert in the framework of the Holland Festival, Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Conductor: Vimbayi Kaziboni.
Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam.
> August 17, 2022, 05:15 am: Talk with Heiner Goebbels about A House of Call.
Long Radio Night, SWR 2.
> September, 14, 2022, 8 pm: Concert in the framework of the festival Fratopia, Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Conductor: Vimbayi Kaziboni.
Alte Oper, Opernplatz 1, 60313 Frankfurt am Main.
> November 19, 2022, 9 pm: Concert in the framework of the festival Wien Modern, Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Conductor: Vimbayi Kaziboni.
Volkstheater, Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Wien.
> January 21, 2023: Casa Da Musica, Porto.
Av. da Boavista, 604-610, 4149-071 Porto.
> March 25, 2023, 8:30 pm: Concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Vimbayi Kaziboni.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.