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.
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.
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!
As son of a city trumpeter in Ghent, Jacob Obrecht (1457-1505) lead an active life as ‘Kapellmeister’ in the Lower Countries and in the Italian city of Ferrara. He is considered to be one of the most important late medieval European composers and as such his pioneering work was of great importance for the early polyphony. Ghent city composer Dick van der Harst (1959) confronts his music with the typical sound of the gamelan – one of the world’s highest musical forms, closely related to Javanese religion and mythology. Three women’s voices, vast bronze gongs, percussion, particular tone scales and selected instruments will make you part of an informal and even more intriguing ritual.
[quote author="Het Parool – 25.02.2009"]"Lovers of Renaissance music, gamelan music and Louis Andriessen have pure gold in their hands with this cd."[/quote]
Cécile Kempenaers soprano, percussion
Els Van Laethem mezzo-soprano, percussion, trombone
Petra Noskaiová alto, percussion
Liam Fennelly fiddle, percussion
Jurgen De bruyn lute, renaissa
Het Nieuw Gents Stadsblazerscollectief
Jean-Philippe Poncin clarinet, tenora, percussion
Kurt Budé clarinet, sax, percussion
Dick van der Harst bagpipes, snares, tible, percussion, bandoneon
Michiel Weidner cymbalon, percussion