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.
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.
"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!
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.
Pow'rful Morpheus, let thy charms
Wrap the world in slumber's arms,
With thy sweet composed numbers,
Rock each mortal in slumbers.
So no ear or eye shall know
Where we are or what we do. (William Webb, 17th C.)
Ninna la nanna, ninna nanna. Close your eyes and be intoxicated by Hypnos, the mythological god of sleep. Assisted by his sons Morpheus and Phantasos he transports man through an internal landscape as if it were a parallel reality. Baroque composers such as Johannes H. Kapsberger, Jacopo Peri, John Dowland, Marain Marais and Johann Sebastian Bach let themselves be inspired by this theme of night, sleep and dream when writing their songs and instrumental music.
Zefiro Torna pours from this hallucinogenic brew of slumbering thoughts, nightly wanderings, lonely sorrow, death wishes, secret fantasies, idealistic sanctuaries and appeasing whispers. A voice cuts through the darkness accompanied by the atmospheric sound of theorbo, lute, cello and electronics.
The program comes to life in the intimate setting of a lounge atmosphere. During the tribute to Hypnos, old and modern masters of the night meet: a mixologist is part of the scene and prepares live alcoholic cocktails and natural concoctions. Not unlike an alchemist, he extracts, ferments, stirs and strains; he combines unsuspected ingredients in elixirs that slowly transport you to a dream state.
Lay back and listen to... Ssssomnia.