In the context of the Belgian presidency of the European Union in 2024, Zefiro Torna has initiated the European participative project ‘Unity in Diversity’. The ensemble has invited three singers and three lute players from diverse cultural and musical backgrounds to find a shared musical language through intercultural dialogue and experiment. Monodic and polyphonic singing and instrumental music are the starting point and result of this dialogue. The music refers to social events, religious rites, economic circumstances and dramatic historical events that have helped to constitute the DNA of European identity. At Laus Polyphoniae, Antwerp will feature as a multicultural metropolis where large amounts of lute music were published and played. The repertoire performed focuses on lute music, Flemish polyphony and songs in Dutch that were printed in 16th century Antwerp by the famous music publishers and printers Petrus Phalesius and Jan Bellerus.
Jurgen De bruyn concept, coordination, lute
Alon Sariel artistic advice, mandoline
Lore Binon, soprano | Elly Aerden, vocals | Joel Frederiksen, bass, lute | Alon Sariel, artistic advice, mandoline | Jurgen De bruyn, lute, theorbo, vocals, artistic coordination