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.
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