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



— Lounge concert (2016)

Jurgen De bruyn – Lore Binon – Benjamin Glorieux

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.

  • Lore Binon vocals
  • Benjamin Glorieux cello, electronics
  • Jurgen De bruyn theorbo, archlute, electronics, artistic direction
  • SipsnSoda mixologist