João Carlos Pacheco (*1988) is a Portuguese percussionist, composer, and a dedicated proponent of multidisciplinary performance.

João Carlos has specialized himself in the field of contemporary music and has worked with composers such as Simon Steen- Andersen, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Erik Oña, Francesco Filidei, Andreas E. Frank, Kaj Duncan David, Gary Berger, Vinko Globokar, Phillipe Manoury, Ulrich Krieger, Peter Maxwell Davies, Vitor Rua, António Pinho Vargas, Emannuel Nunes, among others. Strongly dedicated to chamber music, he is very active in the European contemporary music scene. In recent years has kept himself busy as a member of Blechtrommel duo, TAL Trio, Ensemble of Nomads, Ensemble Lunaire, Ensemble Inverspace and Ensemble Phoenix Basel. Besides his work in these formations, he also develops solo projects and works regularly as a guest with many different groups. He has collaborated on the creation and performance of multidisciplinary works with institutions such as the Lucerne Festival, ZeitRäume Bienal, Theater Basel and Staatsoper Hamburg. 

João Carlos studied in Espinho, Porto, Lisboa and Basel. His teachers included Pedro Carneiro, Miquel Bernat, Christian Dierstein and Erik Oña.

He is currently based in Basel, Switzerland.


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Freelancing: Ensemble Ascolta, Collegium Novum Zürich, Neuverband, Mike Svoboda Ensemble, Ensemble Infinity, Lucerne Festival Alumni etc.

Festivals: Lucerne Festival, Zeiträume Biennal Basel, ULTIMA Festival - Oslo, Gogol Festival - Kiev, ManiFeste IRCAM, IMPULS - Graz, Darmstadter Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik, reMusik - St. Petersburg (RU), TAKTLOS - Zürich, Tage für neue Musik - Zürich, New Music Days Luzern, Sommer in Stuttgart, Klang Basel, Contemp+ Maastricht, Tage Für Neue Musik - Würzburg, Cistermúsica, Festival Próximo Futuro FCG, Dias de Música Electroacústica, Klappfon - Basel, Dias da Música CCB, Xenakis/Karkowski Extended Nowy Theater Warsawa, etc.



May 2018