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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.

16-01-2018:

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!

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Time Crawls

— A new broken consort (2019)

Zefiro Torna

The English broken consort was as one of the most popular instrumental chamber music forms around 1600. Exquisite Authors or composers such as Thomas Morley, Peter Philips, William Byrd and John Dowland wrote entire books full of Lessons for this ensemble consisting of wind, string and plucked instruments. Their adaptations of popular tunes and dance-like pavanes and galliardes often served as entertainment during theatre plays. Compositions like 'Hold fast' or 'Follow me' provided a humorous note, while the slow 'Tears' and 'Lamentations of a Sorrowful Soul' brought contemplation. The instruments offered extra symbolism: violins and viols were used for harmonious love scenes, flutes for fear and death, and plucked instruments for festive occasions.

Jowan Merckx, a member of ZefiroTorna, had some of his own melodies rearranged by Flemish composers Martin Valcke and Marnix De Cat. This newly composed consort music is performed on historical instruments, by a team of international top musicians, who seamlessly shift between ancient, contemporary and improvised music. Enigmatic works such as Wolfsuur, Time Crawls and Le Lac profond fascinate with their sophisticated tonal language. Ingeniously crafted bourrées and jigs leave no one sit still and rouse to dance.

  • Jowan Merckx flutes, bagpipes, compositions
  • Annelies Decock baroque violin
  • Sarah L. Ridy baroque harp
  • Liam Fennelly viola da gamba
  • NN violone
  • Jurgen De bruyn lute, teorbo, artistic direction
  • Martin Valcke, Marnix De Cat arrangements