Louise Devenish is a versatile and experienced musician who holds a Bachelor of Music Performance with first class honours from the University of Western Australia (UWA).
Louise performs as a soloist and ensemble musician with a variety of professional ensembles locally, nationally and internationally. Highlights include performances at the Percussive Arts Society International convention (USA 2010), World Expos (Nagoya 2005, Shanghai 2010), Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (USA 2009), BBC Proms (UK 2004), Hanoi Opera House (Vietnam 2009), Singapore Tour (2008), Sydney Opera House (Australia 2002), Royal Concertgebouw (Netherlands 2004) and the Alice Springs School of the Air (2006). These tours have seen her work alongside international artists Steve Reich, David Cossin, Evelyn Glennie, Fritz Hauser, David Wenham, Alison Pratt (Synergy), Ben Lee, The Panics, James Morrison, Kevin Bobo, Steve Schick, Taikoz and Ross Edwards.
Louise is dedicated to the development of percussion in Western Australia through the commission, composition, recording and performance of new works and tuition at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Since 2007 she has lectured for the Acting and Music Departments at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and teaches percussion at UWA. In 2007 she produced and performed her first show UNO! featuring a combination of her own compositions and commissioned works. She regularly commissions solo works from Western Australian composers including David Pye, Graeme Blevins, Paul Tanner, Josh Hogan, Jeremy Poole-Johnson, Myles Wright and Steve Richter. She has also commissioned work from New Zealander e.j. dobson. Louise recorded a collection of these works for broadcast with ABC Classic FM in 2008 and these works have been placed in regular rotation on a number of ABC stations since. This exposure has resulted in solo invitations to the Australian International Marimba Festival (Canberra 2008), representing WA for National Youth Week (2009), the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival (Massachusetts 2009) and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indiana 2010).
From 2004 to 2010 Louise was a permanent member of internationally acclaimed ensemble Tetrafide Percussion, and with this group worked with a number of artists including the Indian Dancers of the Temple of Fine Arts, LINK Dance Company and Christine Anu and held a residency at WAAPA for 3 years. In addition to Tetrafide, Louise worked with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in symphonic, opera, ballet and contemporary seasons, Juniper Chamber Orchestra, Spanish dance groups Casa Del Compas and Flamenco Puro, Tura New Music, Paul Tanner, the Australian Classical Era Orchestra, new music ensemble Etica and many other groups in Perth.
2011 will see Louise commence a Master of Music at the University of Western Australia focussing on the history of the marimba in Australia and Australian compositions for this beautiful instrument.
Commissions and Compositions
2006 One, Louise Devenish
2007 Their Kind of Moon, David Pye
Run, Graeme Blevins
Changing Colour, Steve Richter
Prelude, Paul Tanner
Bliss, Paul Tanner
2008 Emerald Quartet, Jeremy Poole-Johnson
2009 Cracked Light, Louise Devenish
Parihaka, e. j. dobson
2010 All Things Hushed, Louise Devenish
Pair Up, Myles Wright