Both Balsam concerts on 6 and 7 May 2019, during the Lunalia festival, are now sold out. Want to see Balsam live? Come to Dil'Arte in Dilbeek on 6 April, there are still a few tickets left.
2019 will be a year to look forward to. A beautiful spring is approaching, with numerous extraordinary productions touring both in Belgium and abroad. From renaissance and baroque music to jazz and traditional music. Zefiro Torna wishes you an inspiring and heart-warming 2019!
Discover Zefiro Torna's plans during spring 2019 in the latest news letter.
Zefiro Torna releases 'Balsam' at Antarctica Records, successor to the productions ‘Les Tisserands’ and ‘O, Monde Aveugle!’. The project unites musicians who are experts in various genres such as old, ethnic and jazz music. This time the mysterious forces of plants, flowers and herbs formed the starting point for the programme.
"An unctuous and euphonious balsam for the mind and the soul. A truly intoxicating experience." - thus Stefan Grondelaers. Have a look at our trailer for a first impression.
Order the CD here - for yourself or as a Christmas gift. And for extra listening pleasure we offer the trilogy 'Tisserands - O Monde Aveugle - Balsam' for a small price.
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.
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.
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’.
The masterful renaissance composer Orlandus Lassus performed all contemporary 16th-century music genres with similar easy and lucidity. Apart from writing impressive spiritual works such as masses, passions and motets, he also applied himself to more popular genres. During Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture, that had an important focus on Lassus, the idea of organising a Lassus Pub Crawl arose. Amateur choirs from numerous European cities gathered around Orlandus Lassus’ repertoire of French chansons, Italian villanelles and German drinking songs. Together they took the audience on a musical journey with short concerts in the setting of cafés and taverns.
From this repertoire, lute player and artistic director Jurgen De bruyn compiled an elysian program for professional vocalists and instrumentalists. The French chansons touches all aspects of the soul: sometimes with poetry from the Pléiade, at times scabrous, vulgar or even explicitly erotic. The Italian villanelles and nonsensical moresche are colourful dancing songs that are easy on the ear, and also the German täpfrige drinking songs, referring in their texts to the profusely flowing wine and beer, are an essential ingredient of the evening.
The program forms a heavenly match with an exquisite selection of wines that can be tasted during the performance. The wines have been selected by a skilled wine expert, inspired by Lassus’s European home grounds and the songs’ specific characteristics. Counter tenor and certified oenophile Steve Dugardin and actor Stefaan Degand entertain the audience with delightful bits of trivia about Lassus’s life.