ZAUM_percussion is an ensemble founded in 2018 by Simone Beneventi, Carlota Cáceres and Lorenzo Colombo: 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 en Basel with Christian Dierstein as professor.

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

Carlota is a founding member of TAMGRAM TRIO and ZAUM_percussion, and performs with Nou Ensemble and Zone Experimentale, focusing on the development of new music and new concepts.

She has performed at Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Manifeste, Davos Festival, OJAI Music Festival etc.

Carlota combines her passion about contemporary music with a large orchestral experience. She lived in San Diego for six moths, invited from Steve Schick and University of California. She colaborated also with redfishbluefish.

Nowadays, she lives in Palma de Mallorca where she is associated professor at Conservatori Superior de les Illes Balears. She finished in 2016 her second master in Hochschule für Musik Basel specialized in contemporary chamber music.

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).

Lorenzo Colombo

Winner of the “Premio Nazionale delle Arti” in 2011, the Yamaha Foundation of Europe in 2013, the International Percussion Competition in 2015 he performed in several festivals, (including the “Manifeste 2016” IRCAM Paris, Warsaw Autumn Festival 2014, Darmstadt Summer Courses 2014, “Biennale Musica 2016” Venice , Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2017, ” Klang Festival 2016” in Copenhagen, “Rondó Divertimento Ensemble”, MI.TO, Milano Musica,) playing both soloist and chamber music. 

Performing the world premiere of numerous works collaborating with many composers as well as the composition classes in Milan and Copenhagen he had masterclasses with Steven Schick (IRCAM Paris), Jean Geoffroy (Conservatorio G. Verdi Milano), Christian Dierstein and Arnold Marinissen (Summer courses in Darmstadt in 2014), Colin Currie (Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme).

Lorenzo is working with different chamber groups trying to explore different languages including electronics, videos, installations and others.

His current projects are ZAUM_percussion (artist in residence Milano Musica 2018/2020), Køde, Monoc and Neko3.

Copyright Zaum Percussion 2018.