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Louise Devenish

Dr Louise Devenish

Head of Percussion/ Artist in Residence
Academic Staff (Music)

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Academic Staff (Music)
The University of Western Australia (M413)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 8163
Louise Devenish is a percussionist whose practice incorporates performance, commissioning, curating, research and education. Her work with contemporary, world and interdisciplinary ensembles includes co-directing percussion duo The Sound Collectors, directing Piñata Percussion, percussing for electro-acoustic sextet Decibel and curating the annual Day of Percussion, a full-day event exploring percussion via performances and workshops. Louise works regularly with Speak Percussion (Vic) as a percussionist and contributor to Sounds Unheard. She has also performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Synergy Percussion (NSW), Clocked Out Duo (Qld), redfishbluefish (USA) and was a core member of Tetrafide Percussion (2004-2010).

Louise has performed throughout regional and metropolitan Australia, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam. Highlights have included performances at the Nagoya and Shanghai World Expos, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (USA), Ojai Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, Tongyeong International Music Festival and more.

An advocate of Australian music, Louise has commissioned nearly 50 percussion works and has recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts researching the development of Australian contemporary percussion music, which culminated in the show Australian Music for One Percussionist. In 2012 she studied at the University of California San Diego with Steven Schick. Her most recent solo project Electroacoustic Music for One Percussionist, featured five works by living Australian composers.

Louise is Head of Percussion and Artist in Residence at the University of Western Australia School of Music. Her research is published in Musicology Australia, Percussive Notes and PERCUSscene.
Key research
Australian music history
History of percussion in the twentieth century
Performance practice of contemporary music
Solo percussion performance
Artistic practice as research
Improvisation and experimental music methods
Graphic notation
Community music making (primarily using percussive instruments/approaches)
Devenish, L., (2015). ‘The Emergence of Contemporary Percussion in Australia: 1960-1975’, Musicology Australia, 37/1: 1-27. ISSN 0814-5857
Devenish, L., (2015). ‘Forty Years of Synergy Percussion’, Percussive Notes, USA (in press)
Devenish, L., (2015). ‘Revealing the Roots: Researching Australian Contemporary Percussion’, Resonate, online (in press)
Devenish, L., (2014). ‘The Percussion Music of David Pye’, PERCUSscene, 75/1: 94-96

Publications: Journal Editor
Devenish, L., Rocke, S., Alessi, P., (2014). ‘Music and Metamorphosis’ Eras Journal, 16/1. ISSN 1445-5218

Publications: Recordings
Devenish, L, (2015). Electroacoustic Music for One Percussionist, ABC: Perth (podcast, in press)
Hope, C., Devenish, L., et al. (2015). Decibel, Tuned Darker, Listen/Hear: Perth, (LP)
Hope, C., Devenish, L., et al. (2014). Decibel, After Julia, ABC: Sydney (digital release)
Devenish, L., Scholes, L. (2014). The Sound Collectors, Confluence, ABC: Perth (digital release)
Devenish, L., Scholes, L. (2014). The Sound Collectors, wacke, David Pye, Perth: (CD, in press)
Devenish, L., (2013). Timbuktu Suite, Australian Music Education Board: Perth (CD)
Ughetti, E., Devenish, L., et al. (2013). Speak Percussion, Le Noir de L’Etoile, Run Stop Sound: Melbourne (DVD)
Hope, C., Devenish, L., et al. (2013). Decibel, Drawn From Sound, ABC: Perth (digital release)
Constable, T., Devenish, L., et al. (2012). Synergy Percussion, Masterpieces of Time, ABC: Sydney (CD, in press)
Devenish, L., et al. (2012). Luminosity: Musical Treasures from UWA, UWA Publishing: Perth (CD)
Devenish, L., et al. (2011). Anthony Pateras’ Collected Works 2002-2012, Immediata: Belgium (CD)
Devenish, L., (2007). UNO!: West Australian Solo Marimba Music, ABC: Perth (broadcast)
Devenish, L., et al. (2005). Stick It!, Tetrafide Percussion: Perth (DVD)
Devenish, L., et al. (2004). TetraLive, Tetrafide Percussion: Perth (CD)
Devenish, L., et al. (2004). Tetrafide, Tetrafide Percussion: Perth (CD)

Refereed Conference Presentations
Devenish, L., (2015). ‘Contemporary Percussion in WA’, Totally Huge New Music Festival Symposium: Perth
Devenish, L., (2014). ‘Australian Percussion Music Between 1965 and 1980’, CREATEC: Perth
Devenish, L., (2013). ‘Australian Contemporary Percussion Repertoire’, International Society of Music Librarians Conference: Perth
Devenish, L., (2013). ‘Australian Contemporary Percussion: A History’, Musicological Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference: Brisbane

Non- Refereed Conference Presentations
Devenish, L., (2014). ‘Australian Contemporary Percussion: What is it?’, Musicological Society of Australia WA Research Day: Perth
Devenish, L., (2014, 2013). Various presentations at the UWA Music Research Seminar Series: Perth
Devenish, L., (2013). ‘Teaching World Music’, Poster Presentation, UWA Centre for Teaching and Learning: Perth

Publications: Selected ERA Eligible Major Creative Works (past 12 months only)
2015 a wave and waves (Speak Percussion, USA/AUS)
2015 Fluorophone (Speak Percussion, Denmark/AUS)
2015 Gesture (The Sound Collectors, AUS)
2015 New Music Beauty Queen (The Sound Collectors, AUS)
2015 Electroacoustic Music for One Percussionist (solo, AUS)
2015 Beautiful Witness (AUS)
2014 Confluence (The Sound Collectors, AUS)
2014 Circuit (Speak Percussion, Denmark/AUS)
2014 Transducer (Speak Percussion, AUS)
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Percussion performance
Pinata Percussion
World Percussion Group
World Music Cultures
Music Research (honours)

Honours and awards
2016 Early Career Teaching Award (Arts)
2016 APRA AMCOS Performance of the Year WA Award
Current external positions
Co-Director, The Sound Collectors
Co-Director, Intercurrent
Percussionist, Speak Percussion
Percussionist, Decibel New Music
Useful links
Youtube channel:
New and noteworthy
Recent Press Quotes

'The unifying factor is Devenish’s breathtakingly deft delivery, her artistic interpretation of the material, her sculptor-like attention to detail.'
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'Thanks to Devenish and Scholes’ sensitivity and precision as performers, the concert was a revelation as to the merits of text and gesture-based works.'
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Current projects
Information on upcoming performances, broadcasts and industry events including the Day of Percussion can be found at
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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