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. Highlights have included performances at the Nagoya and Shanghai World Expos, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Ojai Music Festival, BBC Proms, Melbourne Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and Tongyeong International Music Festival.
An advocate of Australian music, Louise has commissioned 30 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.
Louise is Associate Lecturer in percussion, world music and musicology at the University of Western Australia School of Music, and lecturer for the acting and music departments at WA Academy of Performing Arts. Her research is published in Musicology Australia, Percussive Notes and PERCUSscene.
Currently based: Perth, WA