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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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)