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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Les Jongleurs du Coeur

—  (2004)

Zefiro Torna

The northern French city Arras, home of the Brotherhood of Jugglers, was one of the capitals of troubadour literature and music.

Zefiro Torna made a selection of the late 13th and early 14th century manuscripts, centring around the unison songs of Jean Bodel and Adam de la Halle. The narrators of these troubadour songs – originally called ‘jugglers’ – were professional instrumentalists, singers, in fact entertainers, captivating their audiences with straightforward stories. Their main theme was the Fine Amours, but also less courtly and even semi-religious themes were included in the broad variety of chansons d’amours, jeu-partits, pastourelles and sotte chansons.
These unison songs are confronted with the polyphonic ballades of northern French composers like Pierre des Molins and Philippe le Chancelier.

The ensemble Zefiro Torna assisted by the magnificent French storyteller Emmanuel Delattre project the tradition of the troubadours’ art into the 21st century, adding to the Old-French, English, Flemish and Latin texts a surprisingly contemporary flavour. Through the insertion of original compositions by Stevie Wichart and live electronics a new musical idiom erupts.

Emmanuel de Lattre juggler
Els Van Laethem vocals
François Lazarevic recorders, bagpipes
Jurgen De bruyn medieval lute, vocals, artistic direction
Stevie Wishart composition, hurdy-gurdy, fiddle, vocals
Stephan Pougin percussion
Yannick Willox sound-engineer
Bruno Bouckaert research, introduction (option)