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07-01-2019:

Spring 2019


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.

26-11-2018:

CD release BALSAM


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.

06-11-2018:

Launch museum podcast Hof van Busleyden


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.

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:

newsletter

O, Monde Aveugle!

— Songs for the Apocalypse (2010)

Zefiro Torna

Our time can be considered as a converging and ending point of numerous time cycles. The Mayan calendar as well as the biblical and the alchemist’s one point 2012 out as the year of the Apocalypse and the time of prophecies.

‘O, Monde aveugle’ depicts man in his blind fear of the unknown, confronted with a profound sense of moral turmoil. The beast in man is revealed and his destructive nature surfaces, he is lead by the uncanny comical and obscene. The confrontation with his self sets off a shift of consciousness, a transformation leading to a new age, with an exit towards new energies.

Together with their fellows from the internationally acclaimed crossover project ‘Les Tisserands’, Zefiro Torna creates a band pondering this theme in a way reminiscent of the satires in Jeroen Bosch’s Renaissance paintings. A variety of old, modern, and hybrid instruments provide the accompaniment for songs that are sometimes striking and on other moments conveying purifying thoughts. The music is mainly based on older sources from the Trecento and Renaissance, but also contains compositions for the new age.

The program is made up of ballads, madrigals, lamentation, ‘blasons’ and instrumental music by Jacopo da Bologna, Johannes Ciconia, Cristobal de Morales, Clemens non Papa, Cipriano de Rore, Georges Brassens and Jowan Merckx. Els Van Laethem set texts by anonymous Roman poets, Petrarch and Michelangelo to her melodious song lines.

  • Els Van Laethem soprano, trombone, marine trumpet, compositions
  • Jowan Merckx flutes, crumhorn, bagpipe, percussion, compositions
  • Philippe Laloy soprano saxophone, alto crumhorn, bass flute
  • Gwen Cresens bandoneon
  • Vincent Noiret double bass
  • Jurgen De bruyn renaissanceluit, archiliuto, zang, artistieke leiding
  • Liam Fennelly (guest musician) kamanche (9), viola da gamba (9), fiddle (10)
  • Michel Van Achter producer
  • Michel Van Achter & Johann Spitz recording, mastering