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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— Installation / solo performance Jurgen De bruyn (2015)

Jurgen De bruyn

For centuries, mystics, philosophers and artists have expressed the idea that man's cognitive and physical abilities are related to the powers of the universe. In these visions, man is always put central in the cosmos and is regarded as the measure for all things. Ranging from Hildegard von Bingen's 'Liber divinorum operum', over ‘the anatomical Zodiac Man’ by the Limbourg Brothers that is circled by zodiac signs, the proportioned 'Vitruvian Man' by da Vinci, the portrait by Arcimboldo of emperor Rudolph II of Habsburg/Vertumnus and the mythology of William Blake to Anselm Kiefer's modern adaptation 'Jeder Mesch steht unter seiner Himmelskugel'.

Together with composer and sound artist Paul Craenen, dramaturge Tom Hannes and sound engineer Yannick Willox, Jurgen De bruyn, lute player and leader of the vocal-instrumental ensemble Zefiro Torna, redefines the symbol of the microcosm-macrocosm. A mono speaker functions as the beating heart of the performance. Beside it, several microphones, a reactive sound system and strings stretched out over the room, create a spacial environment that determines the musical actions on stage. The way the performer positions himself vis-à-vis the microphones and the strings, and the way he plays, speaks or sings determine what can be heard through the speaker. Silence is a trigger for recorded sounds, live sounds, on the other hand, drive the musical logic of the sound system or switch off the speaker. A symbiotic, almost ecological relationship emerges between the surroundings and the musician, between actions in the present and recorded sounds. Past becomes present, homo becomes humus, multitude becomes unity and the other way around.

Performance Jurgen De bruyn guiterne, renaissance lute, baroque lute, theorbo, chant

Music B. Cordier, J. des Prez/B. Bakfark, J.H. Kapsberger, J.S. Bach, K. Stockhausen


Els Van Laethem soprano
Tom Hannes voice
Benjamin Glorieux piccolo cello
Paul Craenen sound dramaturgy
Yannick Willox sound engineer
Tom Hannes Dramaturgy