An exciting cultural season

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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Premiere Time Crawls

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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Summer 2019

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.


Balsam - sold out

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.


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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