This fall, in addition to a few concerts, Zefiro Torna is preparing a number of (inter)national productions that will premiere in spring 2020.
We are especially looking forward to work with the theater company Laika. Together we'll transform the Balsam program into a mysterious alchemical lab where the public is served elixirs, ointments, syrups, all while the music enchants.
In addition, we will bring a few noon concerts at Opera Vlaanderen with the Champions des Dames program.
We'll also celebrate Beethoven 2020 with the hybrid concert installation PASTORALE, in which the music helps shape an ecology of microscopic life forms.
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On Tuesday, August 13, the production Time Crawls will premiere during the festival De Zomer van Sint-Pieter in Leuven. Melodies by Jowan Merckx - member of Zefiro Torna - were arranged by composers Marnix De Cat and Martin Valcke for a new kind of broken consort, performed by an international top cast. The program traverses the European mainland from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from Ireland to the Black Sea via polkas, bourrées, jigs, Breton folk dances and waltzes, to the typical tonalities and rhythms of the Balkans.
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With the holidays ahead we announce our summer concerts. After some well-deserved rest, we're back on stage with B.I.G. at the MAfestival Bruges and Llibre Vermell at the Eté Mosan Festival. We also make time for the creation of the brand new production Time Crawls with melodies by Jowan Merckx, set by composers Marnix De Cat and Martin Valcke for a new kind of broken consort.
Both Balsam concerts on 6 and 7 May 2019, during the Lunalia festival, are now sold out. Want to see Balsam live? Come to Dil'Arte in Dilbeek on 6 April, there are still a few tickets left.
"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