We had the pleasure of showing THE MASS MAN to a sold out audience in Concertgebouw Brugge. Prior to the performance, Muziektheater Transparant director Wouter Van Looy and artistic director of Zefiro Torna Jurgen De bruyn shared their thoughts with the audience. They explained how Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti and his masterly book on the themes of mass and power, medieval crusader songs and film images by Wim Catrysse form the raw material for a gripping music theatre performance.
Theatre critic Johan Thielemans wrote an engaging review.
The CD TIME CRAWLS is out on the label HOMERECORDS.BE and also available on our webshop (> CD).
Zefiro Torna takes us into a timeless universe with a reinterpretation of the 17th century broken consort music. Melodies intuitively created by flute player Jowan Merckx received a new arrangement for flute, violin, viola da gamba, violone, harp and lute by composers Marnix De Cat and Martin Valcke. The new written music bears traces of baroque and traditional music from all over Europe. The music, which is sometime melancholic, sometimes nimble and festive, fascinates by its ingeniously crafted texture and invites to dance.
This autumn, the alchemistic laboratory BALSAM with Laika, Theatre of the Senses will be on tour again. After two series of performances at the Boulevard Festival in Den Bosch and Cultura Nova in Heerlen in August, the team is ready for it! Prepare yourself for a bewitching ritual in which music, scents and flavours immerse you in the shimmering world of alchemy. Besides the Greenwich+Docks International Festival in London and a tour to Portugal and France, BALSAM also passes by a number of Belgian venues.
--> Take a look in the agenda for all dates
As an introduction to the performance PAST >I ORALE Zefiro Torna asked film maker Mathias Ruelle to create a short documentary. Through the eyes of five characters, this film highlights a few elementary parts from which the performance originated. The music of PAST >I ORALE - a wonderful mix of Beethoven, sound art and alternative pop - resonates as a soundtrack.
> Watch the documentary here (from June 15th until July 13th)
'A summer evening in Catalonia, 1399. A group of pilgrims are sitting next to the wall of the abbey church of Montserrat. They have come in search of forgiveness, purification, a fresh start.' Zefiro Torna and Psallentes re-opened this famous "Llibre Vermell de Montserrat". You can find our intimate version of the pilgrim songs on our newest CD, out now on the label Le Bricoleur. Get your copy here, it's the ideal soundtrack for a relaxing summer evening.
What would happen if there were a United Organization of Organisms, called UOO (uh-oh)
where each species gets one vote?
Would mankind be voted off the planet?
Would we be rejected by the biosphere as a virulent organism?
We are nature,
we are not separate from it
It's a natural gift we have
It is just
It is just
It is just
(Text by Birsen Uçar for PAST >| ORALE)
The transdisciplinary performance PAST >I ORALE, a collaboration between Zefiro Torna and SEADS, links Beethoven to the theme of nature versus man, society and science. Philosophical common tread is the optimism of progress as reflected in his allegorical ballet Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus. Here, Beethoven presents a titan who brings fire to earth and thus frees man from the dictates of the gods, through science, art and a new morality.
A similar optimism of progress characterizes the DNA of the international transdisciplinary network of artists, scientists, engineers and activists SEADS. This new self-confident generation emphasizes an increasing psychological connection of all people, supported by advanced means of communication and a further computerization of society.
PAST >I ORALE is designed as an utopian ecosystem in which humans, micro-organisms and technology enter into a symbiotic relationship. Musical motifs from Beethoven’s famous Sixth ‘Pastoral’ Symphony form the building blocks of new compositions. Songs from the cycle An die ferne Geliebte or fragments from the 5th Cello Sonata mutate and are accompanied by ambient music, sound art, spoken word and alternative pop music.
Sound shapes an ecology of microscopic life forms: sound frequencies and musical patterns influence the conditions in which this living matter finds itself. This hidden world becomes visible to the audience and performers through microscopic image capture and projection. The result is an eccentric biotope in which hybrid sounds transport the listener / observer ‘im glückliche Fahrt’ to a new time and space.
BTHVN ‘shards’ | Extracts from: 6th Symphony in F majeur 'Pastorale' - song cycle 'An die ferne Geliebte' - 'Cello sonata nr5' - 'Meeresstille'
In coproduction with Concertgebouw Brugge, LUNALIA, CC Strombeek, GC De Muze
In cooperation with Meise Botanic Garden
With special thanks to Kunstencantrum nona, STUK, DE MAAN