Premiere Time Crawls

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.

Don't miss the premiere and buy your tickets


Summer 2019

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.


Balsam - sold out

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.


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.


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.


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— a new Musikalisches Opfer (2020)

Zefiro Torna - Ensemble KNM Berlin - AMVK

The BACHC®AB programme comes in the shape of a retrograde. Throughout history, chanting backwards has been a returning particularity, which, despite stylistic and compositional evolutions, has survived from the Middle Ages until now. Guillaume de Machaut’s rondo Ma fin est mon commencement, which can be seen as a compact contemplation of time and eternity, shifts into the finesse of the counterpoint in Renaissance and Baroque music. It culminates in the Musikalisches Opfer and Kunst der Fuge by J.S. Bach. But also contemporary techniques seem to have retrograde techniques as a source of inspiration.

Underneath a purely technical charm seems to lie hidden a symbolic purpose. Maybe it is an attempt to control the relentlessly ongoing concept of time? Is it the expression of a negative world view : a waning society in full regression? Or could it be a magical intervention : is it actually possible to rewind an event and undo it by chanting backwards? Or can we, this way, connect the end with the beginning, the alpha with the omega?

Zefiro Torna, contemporary Ensemble KNM Berlin and visual artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven join forces in an exceptional performance around J.S. Bach’s Musikalisches Opfer and a number of musical puzzles. Emblematic scores in the shape of a lobster carrying the world on its back (Cancer Cancrizans), circular compositions that depict the circle of life or compositions related to the symbol of the labyrinth and self-sacrifice, from the Middle Ages to the present, form the common thread. A video artwork by visual artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven reinforces the ritualistic character of the eternal struggle between good and evil and of this existential human quest.

Creation: October 2020

Zefiro Torna

  • Annelies Van Gramberen soprano, pan flute
  • Liam Fennelly viola da gamba, lirone, fiddle
  • Kristien Cueppens oboe, oboe d’amore
  • Jurgen De bruyn lute, mandolin, electric bass guitar

Jurgen De bruyn concept, artistic direction
Dr. Prof. Katelijne Schiltz musicological research
Folkert Uhde dramaturgy
Anne-mie Van Kerckhoven visual art

Ensemble KNM Berlin

  • Rebecca Lenton flutes
  • Theo Nabicht saxophones, bass & doublebass clarinet
  • Frank Gutschmidt piano, electric piano
  • Alexandre Babel / Michael Weilacher / Evi Filippou percussion