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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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El Noi de la Mare

— Early music for the Christmas period (2004)

Zefiro Torna

"What shall we give the Son of the Virgin ? What could we bestow on the beloved Mary and her beautiful child ? A basket full of grapes, olives, figs, sweet honey and a mild cheese." (Trad. Catalan pastoral song).

The ensemble Zefiro Torna adds a musical little extra with an exquisite selection of West-European Christmas songs covering several centuries. Stylish hymns, motets, carols and chansons of anonymous composers and masters of polyphony from the middle-ages and the renaissance period blend with pastoral and folk songs from England, Flanders, Catalonia, Naples and the Provence. In their multiplicity of colours, performed in variated voice/instrument combinations en alternated with improvised passages, the melodies are stripped from their age-old history to reappear gloriously at the feast of Mother and Child.

  1. Anonymus, estampie (c.1225) - Miri it is
  2. Gautier de Coincy (1177/8-1236) - Ja pour yver
  3. Anonymus (12th Century) - Natali regis glorie
  4. Anonymus, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (end 14th Century) - Mariam matrem
  5. Anonymus (15th Century) - Alma Redemptoris Matrem
  6. Guillaume Dufay (c.1400-1474) - Ce jour de l'an
  7. Josquin des Prez (c.1440-1521) - O admirabile commercium
  8. Francesco de Milano (1497-1543) - Fantasia
  9. Anonymus (15th Century) - Ther is no rose
  10. Anonymus (15th Century) - Lullay, lullow
  11. Nikolaus Hermann (1500-1561) - Wir singen dir, Immanuel
  12. traditional France - Noël Nouvelet
  13. traditional Catalunya - El Noi de la Mare
  14. Anonymus (15th Century) - Ons is gheboren een uutvercoren
  15. Anonymus, Naples - Quando nascette Ninno
  16. traditional Catalunya/François Campion (1686-1748) - El Cant dels ocells | Les Ramages
  17. traditional Provence - Ai la bono fourtuno
  18. traditional Provence - Bressarello

Cécile Kempenaers, Els Van Laethem vocals
Jowan Merckx recorders, bag-pipes, gaita
Liam Fennelly fiddle, viola da gamba, lirone
Frank Van Eycken percussion
Jurgen De bruyn lutes, renaissance and baroque guitar, vocals, artistic direction