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06-11-2018:

Launch museum podcast Hof van Busleyden


From 9 November, you can discover the Hof van Busleyden museum in Mechelen through the eyes of three idiosyncratic storytellers. A musician translates Burgundian life into music, a classicist recounts the rebirth of the Court of Busleyden, and a psychiatrist connects past and present. The musical part is told by Jurgen De bruyn (the other museum podcasts were compiled by Patrick De Rynck and Dirk de Wachter), in an audio directed by the young radio producers Wederik De Backer and Lucas Derycke.

27-09-2018:

Allegoria at Ghent Festival of Flanders


This autumn a retrospective exhibition of Baroque painter Adriaen Brouwer will be held in his native town of Oudenarde. Brouwer was a master in painting lively folk scenes. With his sublime landscapes he inspired great masters such as Rubens.
As part of the Ghent Festival of Flanders, Zefiro Torna brings the paintings of Brouwer and contemporaries such as the young Pieter Breughel, Frans Hals and Jan Steen to life with soprano Annelies Van Gramberen. The allegorical themes from their graphics and paintings are the guiding principles: Love and Vanity, Death and Transience, Wisdom versus Foolishness and 'Rudities'. Zefiro Torna draws on a treasure trove of picturesque folk and Beggars’ songs and from collections of songs and madrigals by publishers, poets and composers such as Bredero, Vallet and Hacquart.

EXTRA
On Friday 28 September Klara will broadcast live from the MOU Oudenaarde. Jurgen De bruyn will be a guest at Pompidou (5-7pm), and will talk about the symbolic themes that inspired him to create the programme ‘Allegoria’.


25-05-2018:

20-05-2018:

Lassus Grand Cru - extra show


Good news for those who were to late to buy a ticket for Lassus Grand Cru on August 22nd at Laus Polyphoniae: this 'tasty' performance with Stefaan Degand will be heard, seen and tasted a second time that same evening. Don't want to miss that? Buy your ticket for the show at 10:15 pm.

17-04-2018:

On tour with Lassus Grand Cru


Even in the 16th century, people already knew that masterful Renaissance composer Orlandus Lassus's music leaves no one untouched. The fact that his sweet tones created a perfect concordance with great wine, was an open secret.

Zefiro Torna now combines both elements - Lassus's popular repertoire on the one hand, and a selection of exclusive wines on the other – into the sensuous production Lassus Grand Cru. During this musical wine tasting, countertenor and skilled wine expert Steve Dugardin, along with a professional actor, will entertain the audience with exquisite faits divers about Lassus's life.

Zefiro Torna will be touring in Belgium and abroad with this tasteful production.

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Hermit

— 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