Next week we will begin the rehearsals for music theater performance L'ALQUIMISTA in Barcelona, at the Teatro Nacional de Catalunya. Michael De Cock created and directs a theatre adaptation of the book The Abyss by Belgian writer Marguerite Yourcenar. Lutenist Jurgen De bruyn joins the stage and, together with composer Alain Franco, provides the soundtrack for the story, which is set in 16th-century Europe with a focus on the last years of the Bruges doctor and alchemist Zeno and on universal themes of humanity and freedom in turbulent times.
The premiere will take place on the 11th of May 2023. The tickets are on sale vie TNC.
De Theaterkrant describes The Mass Man as "intriguing musical meditation on mass, power and manipulation".
The full review is available on the website.
We had the pleasure of showing THE MASS MAN to a sold out audience in Concertgebouw Brugge. Prior to the performance, Muziektheater Transparant director Wouter Van Looy and artistic director of Zefiro Torna Jurgen De bruyn shared their thoughts with the audience. They explained how Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti and his masterly book on the themes of mass and power, medieval crusader songs and film images by Wim Catrysse form the raw material for a gripping music theatre performance.
Theatre critic Johan Thielemans wrote an engaging review.
The CD TIME CRAWLS is out on the label HOMERECORDS.BE and also available on our webshop (> CD).
Zefiro Torna takes us into a timeless universe with a reinterpretation of the 17th century broken consort music. Melodies intuitively created by flute player Jowan Merckx received a new arrangement for flute, violin, viola da gamba, violone, harp and lute by composers Marnix De Cat and Martin Valcke. The new written music bears traces of baroque and traditional music from all over Europe. The music, which is sometime melancholic, sometimes nimble and festive, fascinates by its ingeniously crafted texture and invites to dance.
This autumn, the alchemistic laboratory BALSAM with Laika, Theatre of the Senses will be on tour again. After two series of performances at the Boulevard Festival in Den Bosch and Cultura Nova in Heerlen in August, the team is ready for it! Prepare yourself for a bewitching ritual in which music, scents and flavours immerse you in the shimmering world of alchemy. Besides the Greenwich+Docks International Festival in London and a tour to Portugal and France, BALSAM also passes by a number of Belgian venues.
--> Take a look in the agenda for all dates
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you alone
Even as strings of a lute dance alone though they quiver with the same music.”
(Khalil Gibran, from the book The Prophet)
On the occasion of the Belgian presidency of the European Union in 2024, Zefiro Torna initiates the project UNITY IN DIVERSITY.
The ensemble, in collaboration with European concert halls and festivals, invites singers and lutenists from diverse cultural and musical backgrounds. Per residency, concerts, workshops and lectures are organized with about 6 musicians. Space is created for dialogue and experimentation in a search for a common language. The music refers to social events, religious rites, economic conditions and significant historical events that are part of the DNA of the European identity.
The encounters across Europe lead to a unique patchwork, and are reflected in media content and a podcast.
A first residency UNITY IN DIVERSITY #1 took place in August 2023 during the festival Laus Polyphoniae Antwerp. New editions are planned in festivals and and concert halls in Mechelen (BE), Sofia (BG), The Hague (NL), Riga (LV) and Osnabrück (DE). In the coming years, the ensemble welcomes new collaborations within and outside Europe.
Lore Binon vocals
Elly Aerden vocals, colascione
Joel Frederiksen vocals, lute
Alon Sariel mandoline, archlute, artistic advice
Jurgen De bruyn lute, theorbo, colascione,vocals, artistic coordination
In co-production with AULOS Music Management
In the context of Construct Europe
24.08.2023 (Laus Polyphoniae)