The second group is based in Belgium and is called Zefiro Torna and since their start fifteen years ago they amazed listeners with their own interpretation on early music pieces. On this new album they are a sextet and joined by guest musician Liam Fennelly on Kamanche, viola da gamba and Fiddle. In 2005 they won a Belgian price for best classical album of the year. The band is not just another early music consort, but a group of creative minds who dare to look further than the century old music, they give it a very own interpretation and a strong modern sounds. The hundreds of years old songs and tunes are mixed with new compositions by the musicians and others like Brassens Le blazon. Els van Laethem’s beautiful voice plays a central role in the group’s music and her compositions for example La gola builds bridges between the old and the new. Zefiro Torna makes early music accessible for a inexperienced audience with real craftsmanship, strong songwriting and an energetic and creative sound.
© Eelco Schilder