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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— A meditation about temporality set to music by Jeroen D'hoe with live calligraphy by Brody Neuenschwander (2011)

Zefiro Torna – Jeroen D'hoe – Brody Neuenschwander

The inspiration for Shadows was found in the tradition of the Tenebrae. This liturgy traditionally begins before sunrise in a chapel only lit by thirteen candles. During the singing of the Divine Office and while daytime draws closer, the candles are put out one by one symbolising the abandonment of Christ by his disciples, finally resulting in his death. At dawn, daylight counters the darkness and reminds us of the arrival of Spring and the expected resurrection of Christ at Easter.

Shadows visually confronts the internal aspects of this game of shadows. Within each of us, there is a stream of emotions moving through various shades of light and dark. These internal shadows are given a physical form in a live calligraphy performance. Jeroen D’hoe’s composition forms a cycle of seven movements contrasting with six articulated moments of silence. Neuenschwander’s and D’hoe’s libretto is a lyrical meditation on shadows in all its forms. Zefiro Torna approaches the theme from different musical perspectives: ranging from minimalistic ‘songs’ to contrapuntal and antiphonal settings.

Griet De Geyter soprano, percussion

Els Van Laethem soprano, percussion, tromba marina

Benjamin Glorieux cello

Jurgen De bruyn renaissance lute, archiliuto, percussion, vocals, artistic direction

Jeroen D’hoe composition (commissioned by Festival van Vlaanderen Mechelen)

Brody Neuenschwander live calligraphy

Brody Neuenschwander & Jeroen D’hoe libretto

Mise-en-scène Tom Hannes

Lighting design Jan Van Gijsel

In collaboration with Festival van Vlaanderen Mechelen