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: https://spoti.fi/3bl07iS
Stay healthy and creative!
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.
Zefiro Torna announces a new spring with groundbreaking multidisciplinary creations, international collaborations and timeless music that touches body and mind. Download our brochure, full of inspiration for your cultural season 2020-21
The traditional music group Amorroma, the historical music ensemble Zefiro Torna and jazz saxophone player and flute player Philippe Laloy (Traces, Tricycle) meet in a programme imbued by the spirit of Catharism. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Cathars formed an important spiritual movement. Averse to all dogmas, they aimed at elevated human values such as austerity, immaterialism and noblesse de coeur. In Flanders, they were sometimes called phiphles (flute players?) in France parfaits, bonhommes or tisserands (weavers). They were persecuted by the Inquisition for heresy, and finally brought down in Montségur, a town in the French Pyrenees.Occitania was the region where the Cathar phenomenon flourished, and where at the same time the troubadour repertoire developed. Several poetic texts by individuals such as Marcabrun, Bernard de Ventadour and Raymond de Miraval lean towards the ideas and the actions of the Cathars, and give expression to a strong sense of liberty. The medieval texts and melodies serve as a source of inspiration for this programme, just like the melodies composed by Jowan Merckx – contrafacts that evoke reminiscences of earlier times and various European and Eastern cultures. The ensemble’s arrangements of these melodies stand out for their variety of textures and their colourfulness.
Jowan Merckx flute, bagpipes, gaita, compositions
Maarten Decombel mandola
Els Van Laethem vocals
Jurgen De bruyn lutes, artistic direction
Liam Fennelly / Manuela Bucher fiddle, viola da gamba
Philippe Laloy soprano saxophone
Vincent Noiret bass
Al De Boeck, De Standaard 23.09.2006
AL, Handelsbeurs Gent 12.10.2006
Mr. L’Ouïe - Centre Presse du Dimanche 03.12.2006
BN De Stem Dagblad, 2008 07.10.2008
Georges Tonla Briquet - MazzMusikaS 58 15.06.2016
Eleentje - FolkRoddels.be 15.06.2016
Mieke Evenpoel 15.06.2016