Louise Devenish – Alluvial Gold

Alluvial Gold

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Produced by Tura


The often-forgotten and changing worlds below river surfaces.

Dr Louise Devenish is a contemporary percussionist whose creative practice blends performance, collaboration, and artistic research. Dr Stuart James is an award-winning Western Australian-based composer, performer, sound designer, audio engineer, and producer. Erin Coates is a visual artist and creative producer working across film, sculptural installation and drawing.

About the concert

Their performance in Primrose Potter Salon as part of New Music Days 2023 presents Alluvial Gold, a work for percussion, sculptural instruments, field recordings, electronics and projection that draws audiences into the often-forgotten and changing worlds below river surfaces.

Alluvial Gold takes the histories, materials and ecology of our metropolitan rivers as a point of departure. Their performance explores the confluence of multiple narratives connected to rivers, from the phenomenological and structural aspects of river systems and water, the devastating impact of industrialisation after European colonisation, the sonic ecology and chemistry of larger river systems, and a musical language derived from transcriptions of sounds of the river system itself.

Please note, latecomers will not be admitted to this concert so please ensure you arrive on time.

Post-Concert Talk

Please join Louise Devenish and Tristen Parr for a post-concert talk from 7pm – 7.20pm.

New Music Days is generously supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation.

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Dr Louise Devenish co-creator, director, performer
Dr Stuart James co-creator, composition, sound design
Erin Coates co-creator, video, sculptural instruments
Bruce McKinven set design
Mia Holton projection design
Pete Young production manager, lighting designer
Tristen Parr creative producer for Tura


Louise Devenish
Alluvial Gold