Louise Devenish         Percussionist


Louise Devenish is a Perth-based percussionist whose practice incorporates performance, directing, 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, 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 over 40 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 Head of Percussion at the University of Western Australia School of Music, where she also teaches world music and musicology, and lecturer for the acting and music departments at WA Academy of Performing Arts. Her research is published in Musicology Australia, Resonate, Percussive Notes and PERCUSscene.

                                       Photo by Nik Babic


“I savoured every rhythmic and tonal subtlety, of which there was an abundance. Stylistically, it was beyond reproach.”                                                                 The West Australian

“The unifying factor is Devenish’s breaktakingly deft delivery, her artistic interpretation of the material, her sculptor-like attention to detail.”

Cool Perth Nights 

“Devenish’s interpretation was respectful and flawless.”

xpress magazine

“Who knew the cymbals could make so many sounds utilizing mallets, sticks, hands, mouths.  They tapped, yelled, whistled, resonated, knocked, rang and were over-all glorious.”                                                                  www.henceforthrecords.com.au

“A marvellous account of Steve Reich’s Six Marimbas….Perth’s most gifted percussionists demonstrated their virtuosity.”                                                                The West Australian

“This young marimba player has in abundance the crucial attributes of profound musicality... and miles-above-average skill.”                                                                               The West Australian

“Louise demonstrated a magical delicacy of touch.”

The West Australian