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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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Scattered Rhymes

— A tribute to Francesco Petrarca (2012)

Zefiro Torna feat. Annelies van Gramberen – Frank Vaganée Trio

6 April 1327. In a small church nearby Avignon, a glimpse of a woman named Laura ignited a lingering passion in the renaissance poet and humanist Francesco Petrarca. His rime sparse or scattered verses took the form of 366 sonnets that later would be called ‘Canzoniere’. This songbook is full of platonic love declarations and cryptic references to his unattainable beauty. It almost reads as Petrarca’s own psychoanalytical notepad.

For centuries these sonnets have formed an inspiration for numerous poets. They were set to music by excellent composers such as da Bologna, de Rore, Lassus, Monteverdi and Liszt. The historical music ensemble Zefiro Torna and Frank Vaganée Trio continue this tradition. They edit the music of medieval, renaissance and baroque madrigals, romantic songs and avant-garde music. Above that they wrote new songs on Petrarca’s immortal verses. Polyphonic tissues, obsessive rhythms, sound chemistry, painful punches, wordless scatting and healing harmonies form the elements of a timeless tribute.

The album Scattered Rhymes was released on 11 December 2015 at Homerecords, in coproduction with Brosella Folk & Jazz.

Zefiro Torna
Annelies Van Gramberen vocals
Didier François nyckelharpa
Jurgen De bruyn archlute, lute, vocals
Els Van Laethem compositions

Coproducers The City of Mechelen, CC Mechelen, Brosella Folk & Jazz

Frank Vaganée Trio
Frank Vaganée soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, arrangements
Jos Machtel double bass
Lionel Beuvens drums

Gyuri Spies sound engineer

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