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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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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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.
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.
The setting is a peaceful summer’s evening. A small group of pilgrims is resting, leaning against the church wall of the Abbey of Montserrat. They have travelled far and made their long journey to come and worship the famous black Madonna. In the proximity of Mother and Child, these pilgrims expect enlightenment, forgiveness, purification, inspiration and a new beginning.
Very soon and even ‘in situ’, some of the pilgrims return to their perverted habits. After their long journey they need to blow off steam, they drink, make a racket singing and dancing wildly. But not so these quiet pilgrims against the church wall. They are enjoying each other’s company. They also want to erupt in song, but these are songs of a complete other nature: to pass the time in the evening, they sing songs for the Madonna. They know their classics through and through.
They claim to be able to sing the 'O, Virgo spledens' in a triple canon. And the 'Los set Gotx' we will bring in their own tongue, not in Latin. We sum up the seven virtues of the Virgin Mary. And in the 'Ad mortem festinamus', we reflect thoroughly on our sins and death. They are all well known songs and the Abbey’s monks have written them down meticulously in a booklet, as if they wanted to say: “These songs and no other”.
Psallentes and Zefiro Torna have once again opened this booklet.
Liam Fennelly or Manuela Bucher fiddle
Jowan Merckx flutes, bagpipes, percussion
Jurgen De bruyn medieval lute, guiterne, percussion, artistic direction
Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Adriaan De Koster