L’ALQUIMISTA in Barcelona

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.


The Mass Man in Amsterdam

De Theaterkrant describes The Mass Man as "intriguing musical meditation on mass, power and manipulation".
The full review is available on the website.


MAfestival - PREMIERE

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.


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.


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


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Llibre Vermell de Montserrat

—  (2021)

Zefiro Torna - Psallentes

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. While waiting, they sing and play songs for the Virgin Mary. A monk from the abbey had gathered this music into a manuscript. Later, the book was given a red binding. Two of Flanders’ finest early music ensembles have, together, opened up this ‘Red Book of Montserrat’.

  1. Stella splendens in monte
  2. Laudemus virginem & Splendens ceptigera
  3. Los set goytxs recomptarem
  4. Cuncti simus concanentes
  5. Polorum regina
  6. Mariam matrem virginem
  7. Quen servir a Madre & Gran fe devea (Cantigas de Santa Maria) [Instrumental, arr. Jowan Merckx]
  8. Imperayritz de la ciutat joyosa
  9. Ad mortem festinamus
  10. O virgo splendens

Zefiro Torna

  • Jurgen De bruyn artistic director
  • Jowan Merckx recorders, bagpipes and percussion
  • Manuela Bucher medieval fiddle
  • Jurgen De bruyn medieval lute & guiterne


  • Hendrik Vanden Abeele artistic director
  • Conor Biggs, Gunter Claessens, Pieter Coene, Adriaan De Koster, Michiel Haspeslagh, Paul Schils, Philippe Souvagie & Hendrik Vanden Abeele voices

Harry De Winde sound engineer
Hilde Vertommen artwork
Kris Thielemans album design

Recorded at AMUZ, Antwerp, Belgium

Le Bricoleur 2017 - LBCD/13