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.
"What shall we give the Son of the Virgin ? What could we bestow on the beloved Mary and her beautiful child ? A basket full of grapes, olives, figs, sweet honey and a mild cheese." (Trad. Catalan pastoral song).
The ensemble Zefiro Torna adds a musical little extra with an exquisite selection of West-European Christmas songs covering several centuries. Stylish hymns, motets, carols and chansons of anonymous composers and masters of polyphony from the middle-ages and the renaissance period blend with pastoral and folk songs from England, Flanders, Catalonia, Naples and the Provence. In their multiplicity of colours, performed in variated voice/instrument combinations en alternated with improvised passages, the melodies are stripped from their age-old history to reappear gloriously at the feast of Mother and Child.
Cécile Kempenaers, Els Van Laethem vocals
Jowan Merckx recorders, bag-pipes, gaita
Liam Fennelly fiddle, viola da gamba, lirone
Frank Van Eycken percussion
Jurgen De bruyn lutes, renaissance and baroque guitar, vocals, artistic direction