Louise Devenish


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Louise has a particular interest and expertise in supervising artistic research projects and welcomes contact from prospective students. Key areas of interest include research in the percussive arts, new music and Australian music.


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Personal profile


Dr Louise Devenish is a contemporary percussionist whose creative practice blends performance, collaboration and artistic research.

As a soloist and with ensembles including Decibel, The Sound Collectors Lab and Intercurrent, she develops new works exploring notation, post-instrumental practice and collaborative creativity, performing around Australasia, Europe, North America and UK, performing at festivals including MONA FOMA, Nagoya and Shanghai World Expos, Ojai Music Festival, Tage für Neue Musik, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Perth Festival, and Tongyeong International Music Festival. Louise has commissioned over 50 works, and her performances are acknowledged for their ‘dazzling vitality’, ‘interpretive flair and technical brilliance’. She has collaborated on international recordings with these ensembles and others including Speak Percussion and Synergy Percussion, released on Hat[now]art, Listen/Hear, Immediata, Innova and room40, as well as her debut album music for percussion and electronics (Tall Poppies).

Louise is Senior Research Fellow (ARC DECRA), Honours Coordinator and Percussion Coordinator at Monash University. She is a Churchill Fellow, and recently published her first book Global Percussion Innovations: An Australian Perspective (2019). Her academic writing focuses on Australian music, gender and music, notation and performance practices in new music.


Research interests

Contemporary music performance practice

Percussive arts

Australian music



Music and gender

Collaborative creativity

Monash teaching commitment

Honours Coordinator

Percussion Coordinator

Research Supervision

Community service

Percussive Arts Society: New Music/Research Committee

Perth Symphony Orchestra: Artistic Advisory Board

Education/Academic qualification

Music performance, DMA

External positions

Artistic Advisor, Perth Symphony Orchestra

2020 → …

Co-director, Intercurrent

2016 → …

Core artist, Decibel New Music

2013 → …

Senior Lecturer, Chair of Percussion, University of Western Australia


Research area keywords

  • Music Performance
  • Australian music
  • Percussion
  • Post-instrumental music
  • Experimental music
  • Contemporary music
  • Artistic research
  • Graphic notation
  • Practice-led research


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