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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Lassus Pub Crawl

— French chansons, Italian villanelles and German drinking songs (2015)

Zefiro Torna – diverse lokale vocale ensembles

Mons 2015, Cultural Capital of Europe, is the birthplace of masterful renaissance composer Orlandus Lassus. As part of the celebrations, the idea grew to organize a Lassus Pub crawl. As a social-artistic project it provides an existing and flourishing amateur choir scene with a professional framework. An exquisite selection of taverns, cafés or pubs form the backdrop to this reborn tradition of the bar tour and the ‘café chantant’. They prove themselves a sanctuary where high and low culture can meet and where sense of beauty, cheerfulness, decadence, ‘condition humaine’, melancholy and parody can communicate.

In the coming years, this project aims to bring together vocal ensembles from various partner cities of Mons and other European cities linked to Lassus' life in the coming years to work on his repertoire of French chansons, Italian villanelles and German drinking songs. Jurgen De bruyn, artistic leader of Zefiro Torna, compiles the repertoire for the different choirs and assists them with the interpretation through preparatory workshops. For the performances, the choirs can count on the accompaniment of Zefiro Torna’s professional instrumentalists.

Zefiro Torna

  • Annelies Van Gramberen soprano
  • Dimos De Beun recorders, spinet
  • Phillipe Malfeyt lute, colascione
  • Jurgen De bruyn lute, renaissance guitar, artistic leader

Various vocal ensembles

20.09.2015 vocal ensemble Viermaliks (Malines)
10.10.2015 vocal ensemble Mezza Voce (Mons)
1-3.07.2016 vocal ensemble Putnu Dãrz (Latvia)
24-27.08.2016 vocal ensemble Ingenium (Slovenia)

Partner organisations
Mons 2015 and Festival van Vlaanderen-Mechelen