ZAUM_percussion is an ensemble founded in 2018 by Simone Beneventi, Carlota Cáceres and Matteo Savio: three percussionists with an international background.
Summing up common interests, they come together to create new music as well as refreshing the most representative repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

ZAUM_percussion commissioned new pieces to composers such as Claudio Ambrosini, Marco Momi, premiered works by Esaias Jarnegard, Lorenzo Pagliei and interpreted music by Carlos Alsina, Mario Bertoncini, Richard Barrett, Vinko Globokar, Mauricio Kagel, Iannis Xenakis.
They make a recording for Deutschlandradio and for Obsolete Capitalism Collective / la Deleuziana; they performed in Berlin, Forlì, Milano, Modena, Roma, Mallorca, Parma, also in collaboration with artists such as: Quattrox4 circus company, Ensemble Prometeo or Zeitkratzer Ensemble.

Additionally, they develop projects with pedagogical and participative approach, involving groups at risk of social exclusion.
 ZAUM_percussion is ensemble in residence at Milano Musica Festival (2018- 2021) and at Snape Maltings 2020 (Aldeburgh, UK).

Carlota Cáceres

Carlota Cáceres is a versatile percussionist specializing in the commissioning of new works and the performance of solo and chamber music from the contemporary repertoire. Originally from Badajoz, Carlota graduated with honors in percussion in Balearic Islands, Spain. She received her Master’s of Music in performance in Basel with Christian Dierstein as professor.

She won first prize and second prize at Kiefer Hablitzel Stiftung competition and third prize at Förderpreis der BOG für Junge Musikerinnen.

Carlota is a founding member of ZAUM_percussion and performs with Nou Ensemble, focusing on the development of new music and new concepts. She also organizes Trobada de Percussió de Pollença and gives masterclasses about performative repertoire.

She has performed at Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Manifeste, Davos Festival, Lucerne Festival, OJAI etc. Carlota combines her passion about contemporary music with a large orchestral experience. She lived in San Diego, invited from Steve Schick and University of California where she also collaborated with redfishbluefish.

Nowadays, Carlota lives in Palma where she is professor at Conservatori Superior de les Illes Balears after having finished her second Master`s of Music focused in contemporary chamber music at Hochschule für Musik Basel.

Simone Beneventi

Percussionist and performer, he has performed as soloist of the XX and XXI century music, at Festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia, Milano Musica, Parco della Musica di Roma, Festival Aperto di Reggio Emilia, L’Arsenale di Treviso, Festival Manca in Nice, Espace sonore in Basel, Samtida in Stockholm, Zagreb Biennale, Autumn Warsaw, Gaida in Vilnius, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Already awarded with the Silver Lion at the Venice 2010 Music Biennale (Repertorio Zero Project), his research on sound, the design of new instruments and new compositional percussion solutions have brought him, in a short time, to collaborate with leading avant-garde composers (Pierluigi Billone, Peter Maxwell Davies, Ivan Fedele, Heinri Goebbels, Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, Riccardo Nova, Fausto Romitelli, Salvatore Sciarrino), European ensembles (Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ensemble Prometeo, mdi ensemble) and artists such as PanSonic, Matmos, Ennio Morricone, John Malkovich, Sainkho Namtchylak, Massimo Zamboni, defining his performative field as “Creative Solism”.

In 2012 he produced for the Venice Biennale the Golfi d’ombra project: a solo concert within an installation of 55 suspended instruments and real-time video (IanniX).

His project Extended Wood percussion solo (2017) explores exclusively wooden instruments, in collaboration with artisan Giuseppe Bussi and several composers, the relationship between concrete instruments and digital technology: a relationship that opens up dimensions so far unaspected to instrumental sets still not oriented to solo recital.

He is currently working with director Daniele Abbado for a new version of Jules Verne’s performance, (1983) by Giorgio Battistelli, for three percussionist-performers.

He has performed with the most prestigious Italian orchestras including the Filarmonica La Scala, la Fenice di Venezia, il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino e l’ Opera di Roma.

He has recorded for Aeon, Kairos, Neos, Stradivarius, Wergo, and has been broadcast by numerous European radio stations such as Rai-Radio3, Croatian Radio, Austrian Radio, Deutschlandfunk, Antena-3.

Interpreter’s career alongside both a teaching activity (professor at the Conservatory of Sassari) and research, realizing percussion music editions (in collaboration with Ed. Ricordi), and publications of musicological interest. Occasionally she is also involved in the planning of events, both as a music consultant (Collezione Maramotti, Festival Fotografia Europea) and as an artistic director (Festival Percussione Temporanea).

Matteo Savio

Born in 1996; in 2010 he began his studies at the “G. Verdi ”in Milan with Andrea Pestalozza, immediately specializing in the contemporary repertoire for percussion. The meeting with A. Pestalozza decisively marks his interpretative approach. In 2013 he studied with Andrea Dulbecco moving toward improvisation and jazz. He has won several awards within the Conservatory, including, in 2018, the first prize in the category “Keyboard instruments and percussion”.

In 2018 he was chosen for the Erasmus program to access the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris, perfecting himself under the guidance of musicians such as Gilles Durot, Florent Jodelet and Jens McManama. In 2018 he founded the VeGo collective with Raffaele Marsicano aiming to create a fusion between original poetry and music in a creative process that connects percussionist / poet and composer / trombonist in a radical way.

In 2019 he graduated with the evaluation of 110 cum laude with honors assigned for artistic merit at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan. He has performed the world premiere of numerous works collaborating with many young composers. During the course of his studies he has worked with important contemporary composers including Stefano Gervasoni, Mario Garuti, Ivan Fedele, Alessandro Solbiati, Frédéric Durieux, Michael Jarrell, Toshio Hosokawa, Claudio Ambrosini and Marco Momi.

He has also collaborated with various musical formations, such as Divertimento Ensemble, Sentieri Selvaggi, mdi ensemble, La FIL, La Verdi, Haydn Orchestra, Milano Classica, Cantelli Orchestra, Kansas Jazz Orchestra, Giovine Genovese Orchestra and with festivals such as the Ravenna Festival, Baveno, Traiettorie festival, the Quartet Society and Milano Musica.

He is currently studying at Milan Conservatory with M° Andrea Dulbecco for his master specializing in “Contemporary keyboard percussion”.

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