Push­ing per­cus­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

PUSH­ING the bound­ary of con­tem­po­rary per­cus­sion to see how far she can take the art form is all in a day’s work for mu­si­cian Louise Devenish.

“Per­cus­sion is so much more than mu­sic for drums; it can be rhyth­mic, beau­ti­ful, sur­pris­ing and cre­ative all at once,” she said.

“The def­i­ni­tion of per­cus­sion is so broad, it in­cludes so many in­stru­ments and tech­niques and it’s an ever-grow­ing field with less than 100 years of his­tory.”

Devenish re­ceived an APRA AMCOS Mu­sic Award for WA Per­for­mance of the Year for Elec­troa­cous­tic Mu­sic For One Per­cus­sion­ist on Au­gust 17.

She will fol­low the win with the per­for­mance Ex­per­i­men­tal Mu­sic for One Per­cus­sion­ist, the third in a series of solo con­certs fea­tur­ing mu­sic by liv­ing Aus­tralian com­posers, as part of Tura New Mu­sic dou­ble bill Scat­tered Ex­per­i­ments with James Hul­lick.

Devenish, who is head of per­cus­sion at UWA School of Mu­sic, com­mis­sioned three com­posers to each write a new 20-minute solo per­cus­sion work to pre­miere at the event.

“Work­ing with com­posers as new works are made is some­thing re­ally spe­cial and mu­sic pro­duced from this process is al­ways richer,” she said.

“Cat Hope’s work Tone Be­ing is for tam-tam and sub-woofer, and is no­tated us­ing graphic no­ta­tion in the Deci­bel Score Player, which is a dig­i­tal mu­sic no­ta­tion app for iPad de­signed by Cat and her en­sem­ble Deci­bel, which I am a mem­ber of.

“Kate Moore’s work Coral Speak is for vi­bra­phone, stereo elec­tronic tracks and coral in­stru­ments de­signed and made by the com­poser.

“James Hul­lick’s work uses an­i­mated graphic no­ta­tion and is very ex­per­i­men­tal in na­ture.”

Devenish said she was ex­cited to share this new mu­sic in the first half of the con­cert.

Louise Devenish.

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