Spring 2018

"Raise the glass! Start the song! Come, let’s cheer, let’s drink, As long as the bright stars shine, as long as the fine bottle bestows on us its content, and the full glass beckons us to enjoyment. Come, my friends, let’s make a toast! Let us all drink!" (Anon., 16thC)

We would like to raise our glass with you on the dawn of this new year in a literal way: during the performance of Lassus Grand Cru, wine flows abundantly to the sounds of Lassus' sweet and danceable songs. In our performance of Slumber, soprano Lore Binon, cellist Benjamin Glorieux and lutenist Jurgen De bruyn will submerge you in nightly atmospheres. Furthermore, 2018 brings many foreign adventures. Coming spring, Zefiro Torna will tour the Netherlands (Slumber and Lassus Grand Cru), France (Scattered Rhymes), Italy (De Fragilitate), Germany and the Czech Republic (Lassus Grand Cru).

We wish you a creative, lovely and exquisit 2018!


Warm and festive sounds

Sunday 29 October is the end of daylight saving time. No better medicine to enter the cold winter days than the warm, healing sounds of the Balsam production. After a sold-out Belgian premiere in Leuven, we will bring this program to Bierbeek on 29 October.

A day earlier we will make some Brugse cafés unsafe, together with vocal ensemble Viermaliks, with drinking songs of Orlandus Lassus during Klara's event 'Iedereen Klassiek'. The grand finale of this Lassus Café Chantant will take place in the Concertgebouw Brugge.


Premiere B.I.G.

After the successful collaboration with the puppet theatre group Ultima Thule during NERF (2013), we are presenting a second music theatre performance B.I.G. (14+). The production will be premiered on 15 September at the Minardschouwburg in Ghent, and will then continue on a tour through Flanders.


Summer 2017

A month ago, we ended our concert season with JUST =, an extraordinary production in cooperation with ARSENAAL / LAZARUS, commissioned by the city festival OP.RECHT.MECHELEN. In the meantime, we are working on the brand new musical theatre production B.I.G., which will premiere coming autumn. And of course, we are looking forward to the summer festivals in Belgium and abroad.

Read our newsletter and find out where to find us this summer. We wish you a splendid summer!


Impressive closing of our season

JUST = was not only an impressive closing of the cultural part of the city festival OP.RECHT.MECHELEN., but also the icing on the cake of our anniversary season. Over 1500 spectators witnessed scenes on the Solomon judgment, a post-war process, a scandal concert, letters of detainees and disarmed justice systems, performed by an impressive cast under the supervision of Willy Thomas and Jurgen De Bruyn.

"The concept created by Willy Thomas and Jurgen de bruyn invites the spectator to think about a system that judges people. (...) JUST= entertains the audience with a variety of artful scenes that serve a wide palette of taste, supported by a strong musical soundtrack. " (25.05.2017, Jan De Smet for De Morgen)

Check out the photoshoot by Kurt Van der Elst



— New perspectives on Jerome Bosch's Hermit Saints Triptych (2016)

Jurgen De bruyn – Tom Hannes – Mauro Pawlowski – Timo Van Luijk

Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Hermit Saints Triptych’ owes its name to the three hermits that it depicts. In the centre of the painting holding a crucifix, sits Saint Jerome who appears to be in deep meditation. Behind him, on the left panel, Saint Anthony is portrayed in a dark and burning landscape, being assailed by demons. The right panel in front of him shows Saint Giles praying, flanked by a doe in an almost idyllic scene. Jerome seems to be suspended in a moment between the darkness of insanity and serene lucidity. Is this the place of humankind? Between heaven and hell? How do they resist such a tension without crumbling? How do they flourish in the desert, staring at an icon whose meaning on some occasion is unclear?

Theatre maker, performer and Zen priest Tom Hannes will attempt to formulate a philosophical and poetic answer, collaborating with artistic nomads Jurgen De bruyn and Mauro Pawlowski. Departing from their personal universe and musical background, the enigmatic content of the triptych receives a special adaptation that comes to life in the auditory landscape created by artist Timo Van Luijk.

Word art mixes in with Byzantine ritual chants, baroque lute sounds, avant-garde guitar, soundscapes and electronics, inspired by the music from the Gruuthuse Ms and composers as Johannes Ockeghem, Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger, Nicolo Bononi, Léo Ferré and Mauro Pawlowski. Divine, mystically charming, scratching, whipping, wailing or ecstatic sounds and dazzling silences make room for new visions.

  • Tom Hannes script, performance, vocals
  • Mauro Pawlowski guitar, electronics, vocals
  • Jurgen De bruyn theorbo, vocals, artistic direction
  • Timo Van Luijk sound art

  • Ludo Vleugels sound engineer
  • Jean-Lou Caglar light design