Zefiro Torna's antidote

Like many other artists and ensembles, Zefiro Torna had to cancel upcoming concerts due to the corona crisis. It's a pity, but the health of everyone around us comes first.

In the meantime, we continue to work on future projects from our attic, living room or improvised office. Every week, we'll provide a musical antidote, starting with this playlist on Spotify:

Stay healthy and creative!


A lab of senses

In January 2020, Zefiro Torna will reshape the production of Balsam into a music theater performance that stimulates all the senses. To this end, the ensemble works together with theater company Laika - Theater der Zinnen. Balsam becomes a visual and physically stimulating laboratory in which the live music merges with surprising scents and flavors. While the music is simmering and enchanting, the spectators witness all kinds of experiments and chemical processes: oil solidifies dropwise into edible pearls, milk becomes electric, charcoal a sweet treat. Balms, powders, drinks and amuse gueules in all scents, colors and flavors are presented and shared by the performers with those sitting next to you, premiered on January 31, 2020 in Le Channel (Calais, FR) and then on tour in France, The Netherlands and Belgium.




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Amore Amoro

— Heavenly madrigals by Giaches de Wert and Claudio Monteverdi (2014)

Zefiro Torna – Vlaams Radio Koor o.l.v. Hervé Niquet

"I am Music, who in sweet accents can calm each troubled heart, and now with noble anger, now with love, can kindle the most frigid minds.”

These words by La Musica, an allegorical character from the prologue to Claudio Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo, symbolize the current musical changes at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. Gradually the stringent harmonic rules of polyphony make way for a more unrestricted and sophisticated music style that directly affects emotions and follows the written word.

The first collaboration between the historical music ensemble Zefiro Torna and the Flemish Radio Choir conducted by Hervé Niquet, guides us from the origin of this musical revolution to the dramatic culmination point. Leaping from Mantua to Venice, from Giaches de Wert to Claudio Monteverdi, from polyphony to monody with instrumental accompaniment, the programme brings together expressive madrigals and evenly colourful sacred music, with one underlying theme: the bitterness of love.

Zefiro Torna Romina Lischka viola da gamba - Elise Christiaens violone - Bart Naessens organ and harpsichord - Jurgen De bruyn archlute and theorbo

Flemish Radio Choir

Hervé Niquet conductor