Louise Devenish


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PhD projects

Louise has a particular interest and expertise in supervising artistic research projects and welcomes contact from prospective PhD and Masters 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 percussionist whose creative practice blends performance, artistic research methodologies, and creative collaboration with composers, visual artists, designers and improvisors.

As a soloist and with ensembles Decibel, Speak Percussion and others, Louise has appeared at festivals including MONA FOMA, Shanghai World Expo, Ojai Music Festival, Tage für Neue Musik, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Tongyeong International Music Festival, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Her performances can be heard on international labels HatArt, ezz-thetics, Immediata, Navona, Tall Poppies, and room40. Louise is currently undertaking an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship at Monash University, where she is director of artistic research project The Sound Collectors Lab, and Percussion Coordinator. Louise’s creative work has been recognised by a Churchill Fellowship, WA Music Awards, and numerous APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards, including Performance of the Year Award and Luminary Award. Her writing on new music is published in academic books and journals, industry publications, and zines. 


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

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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