Heiner Goebbels


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Frankfurt-based keyboardist Heiner Göbbels straddled the border between rock, jazz and classical music.

He frequently collaborated with drummer Chris Cutler, starting with his prog-rock trio Cassiber (1982-92).

Heiner Goebbels and Alfred Harth had already worked on two duo albums that straddled the border between cabaret, folk and jazz: Fier Fauste fur Hanns Eisler (FMP, 1977 - ReR, 2007), recorded live in october 1976, that consists of Eisler covers, one Rota theme and six original compositions; and Von Spregen (september 1979 - ReR, 2007), that includes three classical pieces, one more Eisler cover and mostly brief original compositions. The duo later recorded more albums, notably Indianer Für Morgen-Zyklus Uber Den Modernen Mensch (august 1981), Bertolt Brecht: Zeit Wirdknapp (october 1981) and Frankfurt-Peking (september 1984), later compiled on the anthology Goebbels Heart (1992).

Heiner Goebbels also recorded Der Mann Im Fahrstuhl/ The Man in the Elevator (1988), which was a collaboration with Marxist writer Heiner Mueller, La Jalousie (ECM, 1993), that collects works for chamber ensemble (La Jalousie from 1991, Red Run from 1988, Herakles 2 from 1992, Befreiung from 1989), Landscape With Argonauts With Words (ECM, 1993), recorded in 1990, the triple-disc Hörstücke, (ECM, 1995), that contains material three compositions of the 1980s for texts by Heiner Müller (performed by guitarist René Lussier, saxophonist Peter Brötzmann drummer Peter Hollinger and several vocalists besides Goebbels on synth), the theater piece Ou Bien Le Debarquement Desastreux (ECM, 1995), Black On White (october 1996), Eislermaterial (ECM, 2002), originally from 1998, Surrogate Cities (ECM, 2004), that documents Surrogate Cities (composed in 1994) for large orchestra, and composed the opera Landschaft mit Entfernten Verwandten/ Landscape with Distant Relatives (2002) as well as Stifters Dinge (october 2007) for sounds, tones, noises, voices and texts. The Italian Concerto (Dischi di Angelica, 2009) contains the namesake improvisation by Goebbels and Cutler plus excerpts from Surrogate Cities.

Goebbels also wrote audio plays, most of them based on texts by Heiner Mueller.

Stifters Dinge (october 2007) mixed sounds, tones, noises, voices and texts, while alluding to a composition for five pianos with no pianists, a play with no actors, a performance without performers

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