Zefiro Torna's antidote

Like many other artists and ensembles, Zefiro Torna had to cancel upcoming concerts due to the corona crisis. It's a pity, but the health of everyone around us comes first.

In the meantime, we continue to work on future projects from our attic, living room or improvised office. Every week, we'll provide a musical antidote, starting with this playlist on Spotify:

Stay healthy and creative!


A lab of senses

In January 2020, Zefiro Torna will reshape the production of Balsam into a music theater performance that stimulates all the senses. To this end, the ensemble works together with theater company Laika - Theater der Zinnen. Balsam becomes a visual and physically stimulating laboratory in which the live music merges with surprising scents and flavors. While the music is simmering and enchanting, the spectators witness all kinds of experiments and chemical processes: oil solidifies dropwise into edible pearls, milk becomes electric, charcoal a sweet treat. Balms, powders, drinks and amuse gueules in all scents, colors and flavors are presented and shared by the performers with those sitting next to you, premiered on January 31, 2020 in Le Channel (Calais, FR) and then on tour in France, The Netherlands and Belgium.




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Sonorous Sketches

—  (2018)

Zefiro Torna - Bram Bosteels

As part of the 'Flemish masters in Situ' project (2018-2020) by Openbaar Kunstenbezit Vlaanderen (OKV) and Tourism Flanders, Zefiro Torna creates 'Sonorous Sketches' tailored to a number of art sites.

These Sonorous Sketches are a metaphor for wonder and bewilderment, for escaping time. Like a penetrating resonance of the past, they stimulate the audience’s imagination and lead to contemplation and a broader perception of the particular work of art.

The subject or time context of the artwork in question forms the starting point for the choice of a musical composition - a monodic or polyphonic work, baroque or madrigal. Then Zefiro Torna searches for specific stories and sonorous elements that are part of the habitat of this piece, from environmental sounds to the sounds generated by specific rituals or local customs and traditions. The artist's studio as well as his actions can also produce sound material.

Sound artist Bram Bosteels records and reconstructs these sounds into a soundscape, and together with the recorded music forges them into a Sonorous Sketch: a world of sound from which a piece of music emerges. This sonorous landscape makes the listener tune in to the bygone sounds of the past. Sound as present absence.

Sonorous Sketch I / Augustine in Ecstasy

‘Sonorous Sketch I / Augustine in Ecstasy' was commissioned by AMUZ on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of the St August church and the integration of three new artworks by Jan Fabre in the context of Antwerp Baroque 2018.

The music chosen was the collection of compositions 'Paradisus Sacris Cantionibus Consitus' by Peter Philips. It was first printed at Phalesius in Antwerp in 1628, the year of the inauguration of the altarpieces in St. Augustine's Church. Philips' motet 'O si quando videbo gaudium', performed by soprano Annelies Van Gramberen and theorist Jurgen De bruyn, is substantively in line with the writings and ideas of the patron saint and church father Augustine, who is depicted on the left side altar.

Bram Bosteels found inspiration in the symbolism of this vision painted by Van Dyck, more specifically in the soul's upward-facing desire to become one with the Holy Spirit (depicted in the painting as a dove). He processed into a cosmic soundscape Unheimliche sounds produced by 'prepared' pigeons or doves that seek out the light in the spatial context of an abandoned cooling tower, along with 17th-century music.

The sonorous sketch can be heard from 3 July to 10 December 2018 during a visit to AMUZ.

Annelies Van Gramberen soprano
Jurgen De bruyn theorbo
Bram Bosteels sound art
Kobe Wens camera
Liesbeth Marit direction and editing
Kevin Defossez pigeons