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.
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.
Cécile Kempenaers soprano, percussion
Els Van Laethem mezzo-soprano, percussion, trombone
Petra Noskaiová alto, percussion
Liam Fennelly fiddle, percussion
Jurgen De bruyn lute, renaissance guitar, percussion
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
Wim Konink percussion