An exciting cultural season

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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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.

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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.


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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