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.
A multimedia production where Zefiro Torna dives into the medieval and renaissance world of the siren. Mermaphilia offers an abundance of atmospheres harbouring music of the Spanish conquistadores, English sailors in the days Admiral Nelson, 13th century mysticism, Elizabethan interiorising and glorifying baroque music. Through sound sculptures on tape, transformed voice and instruments and an adapted light direction, a distinct universe is created that carries off the audience into an imaginary, Ulysses-like sea voyage, where not only adventure, beauty and temptation, but also decadence and destruction set the tone.
Els Van Laethem, Cécile Kempenaers vocals
François Lazarevic recorders, bag-pipes
Jurgen De bruyn lute, chitarrone, guitar, artistic direction
Liam Fennelly fiddle, viola da gamba
Frédéric Malempré percussion
Jan Verschooren sound engineer
Arne Lievens light`
Ward Weis and George De Decker composition soundscape