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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L'Amant Vert

—  (2005)

Zefiro Torna

Even though Margaretha (1480-1530) was born as the daughter of Emperor Maximilian I of Austria and raised at the Burgundy French court, from early age on she lived a life marked by bitter disappointment.
A pawn in the political game, and after the dead of her stillborn child and her two husbands, she was appointed regent of the Netherlands States and took up residence in the 'Hôtel de Bourgogne' in Mechelen.

Music occupied a distinguished position at the Mechelen court. The most refined polyphonists of the time – among whom her favorites Josquin Desprez and Pierre de la Rue – lived and worked for a long time at her court and dedicated jewels of compositions to her. Daily life was brightened up by minstrels and tambourins or court jesters.

In the two songbooks dedicated to her, various compositions carry her favorite theme: the regretz (love complains).
The ensemble Zefiro Torna makes a selection from the Chansonniers of Margaretha of Austria and combines moralizing songs with the melancholic regretz-chansons with racy drinking songs and erotic songs. An actrice tries to fathom the interpersonal psychology through the audacious beak of court poet Lemaire’s amant vert. Together they penetrate the refined world at Margaretha’ residence, bringing it to life in words and sounds.

Karen Van Parys actrice
Bo Hubaut parrot
Els Van Laethem, Jan Van Elsacker vocals
Jowan Merckx flute, bagpipes, tambour
Liam Fennelly viola da gamba
Jurgen De bruyn lute, renaissance guitar, vocals, artistic direction