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09-05-2019:

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.

28-02-2019:

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.

07-01-2019:

Spring 2019


2019 will be a year to look forward to. A beautiful spring is approaching, with numerous extraordinary productions touring both in Belgium and abroad. From renaissance and baroque music to jazz and traditional music. Zefiro Torna wishes you an inspiring and heart-warming 2019!

Discover Zefiro Torna's plans during spring 2019 in the latest news letter.

26-11-2018:

CD release BALSAM


Zefiro Torna releases 'Balsam' at Antarctica Records, successor to the productions ‘Les Tisserands’ and ‘O, Monde Aveugle!’. The project unites musicians who are experts in various genres such as old, ethnic and jazz music. This time the mysterious forces of plants, flowers and herbs formed the starting point for the programme.

"An unctuous and euphonious balsam for the mind and the soul. A truly intoxicating experience." - thus Stefan Grondelaers. Have a look at our trailer for a first impression.

Order the CD here - for yourself or as a Christmas gift. And for extra listening pleasure we offer the trilogy 'Tisserands - O Monde Aveugle - Balsam' for a small price.

06-11-2018:

Launch museum podcast Hof van Busleyden


From 9 November, you can discover the Hof van Busleyden museum in Mechelen through the eyes of three idiosyncratic storytellers. A musician translates Burgundian life into music, a classicist recounts the rebirth of the Court of Busleyden, and a psychiatrist connects past and present. The musical part is told by Jurgen De bruyn (the other museum podcasts were compiled by Patrick De Rynck and Dirk de Wachter), in an audio directed by the young radio producers Wederik De Backer and Lucas Derycke.

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Time Crawls

— A new broken consort (2019)

Zefiro Torna

The English broken consort was as one of the most popular instrumental chamber music forms around 1600. Exquisite Authors or composers such as Thomas Morley, Peter Philips, William Byrd and John Dowland wrote entire books full of Lessons for this ensemble consisting of wind, string and plucked instruments. Their adaptations of popular tunes and dance-like pavanes and galliardes often served as entertainment during theatre plays. Compositions like 'Hold fast' or 'Follow me' provided a humorous note, while the slow 'Tears' and 'Lamentations of a Sorrowful Soul' brought contemplation. The instruments offered extra symbolism: violins and viols were used for harmonious love scenes, flutes for fear and death, and plucked instruments for festive occasions.

Jowan Merckx, a member of ZefiroTorna, had some of his own melodies rearranged by Flemish composers Martin Valcke and Marnix De Cat. This newly composed consort music is performed on historical instruments, by a team of international top musicians, who seamlessly shift between ancient, contemporary and improvised music. Enigmatic works such as Wolfsuur, Time Crawls and Le Lac profond fascinate with their sophisticated tonal language. Ingeniously crafted bourrées and jigs leave no one sit still and rouse to dance.

  • Jowan Merckx flutes, bagpipes, compositions
  • Annelies Decock baroque violin
  • Sarah L. Ridy baroque harp
  • Liam Fennelly viola da gamba
  • Alon Portal violone
  • Jurgen De bruyn lute, teorbo, artistic direction
  • Martin Valcke, Marnix De Cat arrangements