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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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O, Monde Aveugle!

— Songs for the Apocalypse (2010)

Zefiro Torna

Our time can be considered as a converging and ending point of numerous time cycles. The Mayan calendar as well as the biblical and the alchemist’s one point 2012 out as the year of the Apocalypse and the time of prophecies.

‘O, Monde aveugle’ depicts man in his blind fear of the unknown, confronted with a profound sense of moral turmoil. The beast in man is revealed and his destructive nature surfaces, he is lead by the uncanny comical and obscene. The confrontation with his self sets off a shift of consciousness, a transformation leading to a new age, with an exit towards new energies.

Together with their fellows from the internationally acclaimed crossover project ‘Les Tisserands’, Zefiro Torna creates a band pondering this theme in a way reminiscent of the satires in Jeroen Bosch’s Renaissance paintings. A variety of old, modern, and hybrid instruments provide the accompaniment for songs that are sometimes striking and on other moments conveying purifying thoughts. The music is mainly based on older sources from the Trecento and Renaissance, but also contains compositions for the new age.

The program is made up of ballads, madrigals, lamentation, ‘blasons’ and instrumental music by Jacopo da Bologna, Johannes Ciconia, Cristobal de Morales, Clemens non Papa, Cipriano de Rore, Georges Brassens and Jowan Merckx. Els Van Laethem set texts by anonymous Roman poets, Petrarch and Michelangelo to her melodious song lines.


  1. Jacopo da Bologna (fl.1340-1360), arr. Zefiro Torna - O cieco mondo
  2. Els Van Laethem (1973) - Di morte certo
  3. Els Van Laethem - La gola
  4. Jacob Clemens non Papa (c.1510-1555/56), arr. Zefiro Torna - Blason du laid tetin
  5. Jowan Merckx (1961) - Jade
  6. Els Van Laethem - Huc huc
  7. Gwen Cresen (1975) - Da's Sport
  8. Cristobal de Morales (c.1500-1553), arr. Zefiro Torna - Officium defunctorum / In primo noctuno. Lectio II. Taedet animam meam
  9. Cypriano de Rore (1515/16-1565), arr. Zefiro Torna - Calami sono ferentes
  10. Johannes Ciconia (c.1370-1412), arr. Zefiro Torna - Con lagreme bagnandome el viso
  11. Jowan Merckx - De bekendste vreemde / Perte totale
  12. Jowan Merckx - Digging evenings
  13. Georges Brassens (1921-1981) - Le blason
  • Els Van Laethem soprano, trombone, marine trumpet, compositions
  • Jowan Merckx flutes, crumhorn, bagpipe, percussion, compositions
  • Philippe Laloy soprano saxophone, alto crumhorn, bass flute
  • Gwen Cresens bandoneon
  • Vincent Noiret double bass
  • Jurgen De bruyn renaissanceluit, archiliuto, zang, artistieke leiding
  • Liam Fennelly (guest musician) kamanche (9), viola da gamba (9), fiddle (10)
  • Michel Van Achter producer
  • Michel Van Achter & Johann Spitz recording, mastering
  • Corentin Aussems artwork
  • Lieven Dirckx photography

  • Released by homerecords