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.
Plus Nulz Regretz is a production by Zefiro Torna and contemporary artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven and was commissioned by Laus Polyphoniae 2015. By means of polyphonic music and textual as well as visual symbolism, this performance reflects the complex social and emotional environment of Archduchess Margaret of Austria.
The well-known ‘Chansonniers’ of Margaret of Austria contain the favourite regretz-chansons by composers such as Pierre de la Rue, Josquin des Prez and Hayne van Ghizeghem. Branded by her personal device ‘Fortuna infortune fort une’, they express the intellectual and emotional self-image of Margareta. Also the allegorical verses from ‘l’Epître de l’Amant Vert’ that, by hand of biographer and court poet Jean Lemaire de Belges, are spoken by Margaret’s parrot, penetrate candidly into her personal environment.
Visual artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven has a particular fascination for the depiction of female figures in various media. The iconographical and devotional symbolism in illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, jewellery, clothing, prayer books and relics from Margareta’s period were a source of inspiration for the creation of an iconostasis. Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven’s collage technique and explicit imagery facilitate the visual guiding of thought processes and contribute to Zefiro Torna’s ‘Gesamtkunst’.
Axelle Verner mezzo soprano
Vojtěch Semerád tenor
Jon Etxabe Arzuaga tenor
Bart Meynckens bass
Jowan Merckx recorder, bagpipe, percussion
Liam Fennelly fiddle, viola da gamba
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven visual arts
Ief Spincemaille installation
Celine Felga assistant visual arts, scenography
Louis van der Waal spoken text (tape)