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20-05-2022:

CD release Time Crawls

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.

30-08-2021:

BALSAM on tour


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

15-06-2021:

Release documentary PAST >| ORALE


As an introduction to the performance PAST >I ORALE Zefiro Torna asked film maker Mathias Ruelle to create a short documentary. Through the eyes of five characters, this film highlights a few elementary parts from which the performance originated. The music of PAST >I ORALE - a wonderful mix of Beethoven, sound art and alternative pop - resonates as a soundtrack.

> Watch the documentary here (from June 15th until July 13th)

27-05-2021:

CD release Llibre Vermell


'A summer evening in Catalonia, 1399. A group of pilgrims are sitting next to the wall of the abbey church of Montserrat. They have come in search of forgiveness, purification, a fresh start.' Zefiro Torna and Psallentes re-opened this famous "Llibre Vermell de Montserrat". You can find our intimate version of the pilgrim songs on our newest CD, out now on the label Le Bricoleur. Get your copy here, it's the ideal soundtrack for a relaxing summer evening.

11-03-2021:

BALSAM on Podium 19


Tune in to Podium 19, a new tv-channel for culture, on Sunday 21 March at 6pm for BALSAM, and let yourself be carried away by the enchanting music and images of the alchemistic concert by Zefiro Torna and Laika. Afterwards you can watch the show for another month on VRTnu.

Of course we look forward to welcome you live again into this magic laboratory. We are planning a long tour in Belgium and abroad, which we hope to start in June.

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De Fragilitate

— Piae Cantiones School songs and hymns from medieval Finland (2006)

Zefiro Torna - Antwerps Kathedraalkoor

In 1582, Jaakko Finno, headmaster of the Turku cathedral school, and Petri, a Finnish student at the university of Rostock, publish a unique collection of Latin songs for the Schola Aboensi (Latin for Turku).

This book, Piae Cantiones ecclesiasticae et scholasticae veterum episcoporum, contains music of an wide chronological and geographical scope. Stylistically the content is clearly older than the publishing date might suggest. Some compositions can be traced back to the year 1000 AD. However, the main body of the compositions belongs to the 15th-century Germanic-Bohemian tradition of cantiones. Moreover, there are links with French, Spanish and Italian sources and Flemish masters such as Jacob Obrecht, which can probably be explained by the continuing presence of Finnish students in Catholic universities all over Europe.
The hymns, most of which are Christmas songs, are grouped according to the liturgical year: Christmas, Easter and Whitsun. The remaining songs deal with the transitoriness of earthly life, the condition humaine, the life of school children, biblical subjects and the awakening of nature in spring.

Few musical collections from the 16th century have become so strongly embedded in the contemporary musical life as the Piae Cantiones in Finland. Since the rise of national romanticism in the early 20th century, they occupy a central place in the Finnish choral and church repertoire. The Finnish religious folk music also contains variations on the hymns, and composers have made arrangements of the songs, e.g. the ‘Carminalia’ by Sibelius.

Zefiro Torna performs the Piae Cantiones with 15th-century instruments, one voice and a boys choir. The academic and folkloric music traditions are brought together by the use of the Finnish cymbalo or kantele.


  1. DE NATIVITATE - Angelus emittitur
  2. Salve flos et decor
  3. Verbum caro factum is
  4. Congaudeat turba fidelium (instr.)
  5. Parvulus nobis nascitur
  6. Personent hodie
  7. Nobis est natus hodie
  8. Paranymphus adiens 2vv
  9. DE PASSIONE - Iucundare iugiter 3vv
  10. Aetas carmen melodiae 2vv
  11. Aetas carmen melodiae 4vv
  12. DE FRAGILITATE ET MISERIIS - Kurja, paha syntinen
  13. Mars praecurrit in planetis
  14. Cum sit omnis caro foenum
  15. DE VITA SCHOLASTICA - Scholares convenite
  16. Zachaeus arboris
  17. O Scholares discite
  18. Sum in aliena provincia
  19. DE TEMPORE VERNALI - Ad perennis vitae fontem
  20. In vernali tempore
  21. Tempus adest floridum
  22. Kaikki maailma riemuitkohon

Els Van Laethem soprano
Jowan Merckx flute, bagpipes
Liam Fennelly fiddle
Frank Van Eycken percussion
Timo Väänänen kantele
Jurgen De bruyn lute, artistic direction

Children choir - Antwerps Kathedraalkoor directed by Sebastiaan Van Steenberge

  • Johan Favoreel musical supervision
  • Michaël Nijs sound engeneer
  • Liesbet Vereertbrugghen producer Klara
  • Koen Uvin executive producer Klara
  • Shulamith Brouwer producer Etcetera
  • romanontwerp.nl artwork
  • Lieven Dirckx photography

Recorded on 1 - 3 June 2007 at the Academiezaal, Sint-Truiden (Belgium)

Released by Et'cetera