The internationally renowned vocal-instrumental ensemble Zefiro Torna is celebrating its twentieth anniversary during the 2016-2017 cultural season with a CD release, surprising concepts and a new website.
The festive opening of this jubilee year is the CD release on Warner Classics of the
internationally acclaimed project ‘The Allegory of Desire, the Song of Songs in Western and Oriental traditions’.
The Hebrew Bible contains an extremely mysterious book known as the Song of Salomon, Canticle of Canticles or the Song of Songs. The book reads like a compilation of poems thematically centered around the theme of human love. The Song of Songs is set in a sublimated world, it can be seen as an allegory for
God’s love and as a drive for mysticism. For centuries it has formed an inspiration for numerous oriental and western artists as well as scientists.In this programme, single voiced madrigals with instrumental
accompaniment, vocal duets and trios, a women’s choir and polyphonic settings by composers such as von Bingen, de Machaut, Dunstable, Lassus, Grandi, Sances, Monteverdi, Schütz, Buxtehude and J.Ch. Bach interact with traditional Arab songs, narrating texts by ‘Sufi’ poets such as Råbi‘a al- ‘Adawiyya al-Qaysiyya and by a new generation of poets such as the Egyptian Abdallah Ghoneem. Creating an inspiring dialogue between cultures and history, ‘The Allegory of Desire’ bridges the distance between sacrality and humanity.
Zefiro Torna created this programme in 2013, together with Vocalconsort Berlin and the Tunesian singer Ghalia Benali.
During the last couple of years, they gained success on prestigious podiums in Mechelen, Berlin, Hamburg, Winterthur, Sevilla, Vilnius and Amsterdam.
A recording was the obvious next step: ‘The Allegory of Desire’ will be released on
October 21st, 2016 with a concert at the Abbey of Grimbergen