Contemporary Percussion Gathering

Focus on the latest experimentations in the field of percussion, analysis and interpretation of multimedia compositions, extended techniques, musical theatre and installations.
A week of lectures, meetings, collective discussions, chamber music and concerts.

Organised by: CdM San Michele, Alberto Anhaus, Collettivo_21

Contemporary Percussion Gathering
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The course is open to professional percussionists, conservatory students of all levels, chamber music ensembles dedicated to the contemporary repertoire, composers, multimedia artists, improvisers and instrumentalists of all kinds, with no age limits and interested in participating in an experience of sharing and deepening dedicated to percussion in today’s music. 

Contemporary Percussion Gathering is a collective call to share one’s own path and projects, a migratory flow towards a place of encounter and exchange, a moment of insight into one’s own identity and past: there are no limits of age, experience, vision, size, all percussionists and artists are invited to participate and study, to (further) discover the music of the present.


An integral part of the course will be lectures and workshops, curated by Lorenzo Colombo, Stanislas Pili and Alessandro Perini, which will be followed by moments of collective discussion, and which will deal with some of the most topical aspects related to percussion in contemporary music:

  • Analysis of the latest compositions for percussion and other media such as light, video and electronics.
  • Sound installations and new creations of musical theatre 
  • From Cage to today, analysis of the main composing trends in percussion pieces 
  • Extended techniques, theatrical performances and post-instrumental practices
  • Application of analogue and digital electroacoustic devices on percussion instruments
  • New lutherie between sound art and composition
  • Electromechanical devices, Arduino microcontrollers

Another aspect of the Contemporary Percussion Gathering consists in the presentation by the participants of their own artistic projects (individual or group), which can be analysed and discussed with the curators of the event and all the participants. The presentations may include the performance of one or more pieces for solo or ensemble, the performance and/or description of one’s own creation, whether it is a written piece or an improvised performance, or the discussion of a topic related to contemporary music chosen by the participant.

In addition, during the course participants will work in ensemble, addressing new multimedia compositions and performance installations. 

For composers, CPG includes not only lectures and presentations of their own projects, but also the opportunity to work individually with composer Alessandro Perini on the artistic and compositional, but also technical, constructive and logistical aspects of their projects.

During the six days of CPG there will be concerts and performances by Lorenzo Colombo, Stanislas Pili, Collettivo_21, and a final concert where solo and ensemble pieces prepared by the participants will be presented.

Finally, in addition to the lessons, presentations or lectures organised, there will be convivial and informal moments in which to discuss the topics that emerge from the meetings in an atmosphere of sharing and mutual listening.

Lorenzo Colombo

Lorenzo Colombo is a percussionist and performer based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Dedicated to researching and promoting new music he is exploring the boundaries of art towards the creation of works that reflect on the current status of the society where technology is implied as artistic medium.
Lorenzo is founder member of NEKO3, monoC, Seit Quartet, and member of Haknam, reConvert. He collaborates with the ensembles Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Scenatet, Ekkozone, Sentieri Selvaggi, MDI ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble.
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 Ircam, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Darmstadt Summer Courses, Biennale Musica Venezia, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Klang Festival in Copenhagen, Rondò Divertimento Ensemble,

Lorenzo Colombo

MI.TO, Milano Musica, Classical Next in Rotterdam, Kontakte Biennale für Elektroakustische Musik und Klangkunst in Berlin, Festival Aperto, Romaeuropa Festival, Spor festival in Aahrus, Blooming Festival in Pergola, Wien Modern, Bari Piano Festival, Kammerklang in London, Thailand New Musica And Arts Symposium in Bangkok, Exit Festival in Montevideo. He has been invited as artist to Beijing for the 2019 PAS (Percussive Arts Society) giving concerts and masterclass. Lorenzo and NEKO3 performed as soloist with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Aarhus Sinfonietta, premiering Yes_for_No, written by Xavier Bonfill. He has been identified as a promising young performer by the Ulysses Network for the season 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 being involved in different activities such as a collaboration with Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie and Ensemble Intercontemporain under the baton of Beat Furrer.
Lorenzo premiered numerous works and collaborated with many composers such as Simon Steen- Andersen, Simon Løffler, Jeppe Just Christensen, Alexander Schubert, as well as the composition classes in Milan and Copenhagen.

Stanislas Pili

Stanislas Pili is based in Bern and dedicates himself to projects in the context of contemporary music, experimental music theatre, kinetic sound installations and improvisation. He works as performer and composer without putting any barrier between the roles he takes on. In his work, sonic and visual elements are composed in parallel and freely used as tools for the creation.

On stage there is no hierarchy between the media: prepared objects, electro-acoustic devices, video projections, lights, natural and industrial materials are protagonists with the performer. Parallel to his artistic activity, he works in the department of Composition and Creative Practice at the HKB Hochschule der Künste Bern and he is also a member of the board of Usinesonore Festival and IGNM Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Bern.

He performed in international venues and festivals like Echoraum Wien, Societé Musique Contemporaine Lausanne, Musiktheaterformen Gare du Nord Basel, Musica in Prossimità Pinerolo, Darmstadt Ferien Kurse für Neue Musik, Milano Musica, Neubad Luzern, Jardins Musicaux de Cernier, Spazio Musica Cagliari, Damfzentrale Bern, MiTo, Zoom-in für Improvisierte Musik Bern, Multiversal Zürich, Impuls Graz and Acht Brücken Köln. His compositions was played by other musicians in venues like IGNM Zürich, Festival Archipel Genève, Pakt Bern, Taverna Maderna Padova and Bozar Brussels. He collaborated with ensembles like Collegium Novum Zürich, We Spoke, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, Ensemble This Ensemble That Basel, CoMET Collettivo Musica Elettroacustica Torino, Blackburg Project, Duo Dubois and Ensemble Vortex Genève. He worked with composers such as Alexander Schubert, Simon Steen-Andersen, Fabrizio di Salvo, Alessandro Perini, Michael Maierhof, Chloé Bieri, Carlo Barbagallo and Tim Parkinson. In 2022 and 2023 he will participate as performer or composer in O.Festival for Music Theater Rotterdam, BAM Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater, Abbaye de Royamont and Centre Pompidou IRCAM Paris.

Alessandro Perini

Alessandro Perini studied Composition (with Luca Francesconi and Ivan Fedele among others), Electronic Music and Science of Musical Communication in Italy and Sweden.

His artistic production ranges from instrumental and electronic music to audiovisual and light-based works, net-art, land-art and vibration-based works, recently focusing on custom-built machines.

He has taken part in festivals such as Biennale di Venezia, Milano Musica, BTzM Bludenz, Open Spaces Dresden, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Music Current Dublin, New Directions (Sweden), Procesas (Lithuania), UNM and Nordic Music Days (Iceland, Norway, Sweden), Moscow Forum, ReMusik Saint Petersburg, Tempus Fugit and Distat Terra (Argentina), MATA New York, KLANG Copenhagen, as well as being in residence at Fondazione Spinola Banna per L’Arte (Italy) in 2014 in the music program. A recent CD issued by KAIROS, “The Expanded Body”,  gathers some of his solo and chamber music works.

He has participated in multiple artistic residencies including in Chiaravalle (Milano, Italy) for the Imagonirmia Prize (2016), realising a series of site-specific sound art projects; in 2017 he was in residence at I-Park Foundation in Connecticut (2017); in 2018 at Fondazione Spinola Banna per L’Arte (Italy), where he designed machines to process the clay found on-site; and again in 2018 at the BIOART Society in Finnish Lapland. He was the recipient of the Commendation Award at the Global Digital Arts Prize, NTU Singapore (2019).

He has taught audiovisual production for the arts at the Conservatory of Como (Italy) and electronic music at the Malmö Academy of Music, as well as in workshops in Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania and South America. He is currently artistic supervisor at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö, taking care of incoming artists in residence and co-organizing sound-oriented activities, and teaching electronic music at the Composition Department of the Malmö Academy of Music.


Attendance as an actual student is €240; free access for auditors (subject to availability). Lessons begin on 25/07/2022 and end on 30/07/2022 (total no. 6 effective days). The course will be held in English/Italian. Lessons will be held at CDM’s premises.

The cost of the course includes:

  1. Lectures and workshops by Stanislas Pili, Lorenzo Colombo and Alessandro Perini
  2. Presentations and open-spaces by course participants
  3. Ensemble work coordinated by the course curators (for percussionists)
  4. Individual work with Alessandro Perini (for composers)
  5. Concerts for Foresty International Music Festival
  6. The use of study spaces, whose hours will be self-managed by the students and coordinated with the activities taking place. 
  7. The possibility, in the days following the course, to stay at CdM San Michele to professionally record at an advantageous price. For further information, please write to

Deadline for registration is: 13 June 2022.

By the 20 June you will be informed about the selection of the participants to the masterclass; you will receive an email with a summary of the data and details of the payment, which must be made by bank transfer. Within a week after receiving the email you will have to pay the first instalment (amounting to €140). With the payment of the first instalment you confirm your enrolment in the course. The second instalment (€100) can be paid by the end of the 12 July. You can choose whether to pay for the whole stay together with the second instalment, or to pay 50% with the second instalment and pay the remaining 50% on arrival.

The costs of the stay are €40 per day for the days of the course (total €240), €25 for each additional night before or after the course.

Any bank charges and fees shall be at the expense of the applicant.

Board and Accommodation

Casa San Michele offers accommodation in affiliated facilities (flats) in the village of Montaldeo (AL) at a cost of €40 per day (total no. 6 actual days). If necessary, the structure is available to those who wish to stay the night before or after the beginning and the end of the course (upon reservation) at an additional cost of €25 per night. The cost includes overnight stay in a double or triple room with private bathroom and dinner (the latter at the CDM facility), served in the dining room or in the garden.

Water is always available in the common area of CDM; other consumptions will be considered extra. The lunch break is at your own discretion: two affiliated restaurants and a grocery shop are within easy walking distance, so you can choose from sandwiches to traditional dishes. The cost of lunch is not included in the cost; however, the use of the SPA is included, limited to the times agreed on the occasion of the course and in accordance with current regulations. Rubber slippers (non-slip) and a swimming costume are compulsory for use of the SPA.

The balance of any extras can also be paid on the spot by credit or debit card or bank transfer.

Please note that in the village of Montaldeo there are no tobacconists, pharmacies or ATMs; all necessary services are easily accessible by car or bicycle in the neighboring villages.

How to reach us

The nearest railway stations are Ovada, Novi Ligure, Arquata Scrivia; a transfer service is available from the arrival station to Montaldeo at a cost of €15. The nearest airports are Turin, Milan, Genoa, with respective train connections. For those travelling by car, Google Maps shows the exact location by searching for “Casa San Michele Montaldeo”; the nearest motorway exits are Ovada (A26), Novi Ligure (A26), Arquata Scrivia (A7).


Registration fees, net of bank charges, will not be refunded under any circumstances, except in the event of cancellation of a course due to force majeure or failure to reach a minimum number of participants. The accommodation fee, net of bank charges, is refundable in the event of cancellation by the participant.

Covid-19 regulations

CdM San Michele, in addition to taking all possible precautions and necessary equipment on site to prevent contagion and to comply with current regulations, will communicate after the registration the protocol to be followed for a course and a stay as safe as possible.

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