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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In Flagrante Delicto

— Gesualdo da Venosa - A letter to Maria d'Avalos (2009)

Zefiro Torna – Ensemble Polyfoon – Tom de Hoog

Don Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1560-1613) is one of the most controversial composers in music history. Early in his life he got possessed with music and started playing the harpsichord, lute and guitar. His experimental, mostly vocal, works are reminiscent of the renaissance and point in the direction of a new baroque style. His works are immersed in dissonants and chromaticisms and in exuberant word paintings they express strong emotions such as love, pain, death, ecstasy and agony. Without any doubt this can be traced back to Gesualdo's own tumultuous life. He caught his first wife in the act with her lover and killed them shockingly with his own hands. What's more, some sources mention that he denied his second son and even cuddled him to death. In the city of Ferrara, where he married Leonora d'Este, the avant-garde atmosphere offered him new creative possibilities. But without much delay his misfortune caught up with him, and to be sheltered from his avengers he locked himself in his Naples castle, looking for a cure in vain. Close to his music chapel and his servants, he spent the last years of his life in anxiety psychosis and depression.

Actor Tom de Hoog writes and performs a compelling text on insanity and schizophrenia while Zefiro Torna stages madrigals dedicThe Ensemble Polyfoon on the other hand draws from Gesualdo’s “Sacrae Cantiones”, some of which were added to by Igor Stravinsky. A new composition by Flemish composer Jeroen D’hoe concludes the evening.The Ensemble Polyfoon on the other hand draws from Gesualdo's partly unfinished “Sacrae Cantiones”. They were added to by Igor Stravinsky and now – in creation – by Flemish composer Jeroen D'hoe.

Tom de Hoog actor

Ensemble Polyfoon conducted by Lieven Deroo

Griet De Geyter, Cécile Kempenaers, Els Van Laethem soprano
Liam Fennelly viola da gamba
Jurgen De bruyn lute
Sarah L. Ridy harp