Percussionist, Laurel Black Music
Laurel Black is a percussionist and collaborative pianist finding her passions for playing and movement joyfully colliding in research, writing, performance and commissions. She is published in Rhythm! Scene and abroad, and her blog - Laurel Black Music - has over 27,000 reads. She presented some of her movement ideas at PASIC 2015 as the only Health and Wellness masterclass of the convention.
Laurel was praised for her "stunning" (Percussive Notes) performance at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in 2011, where she was invited to perform as a Showcase Artist. She has since commissioned or premiered over a dozen works for marimba, in solo and chamber settings.
Laurel co-hosts the @ percussion podcast with Casey Cangelosi, Megan Arns, and Ben Charles, where she reports on the juxtaposition of music, psychology, and philosophy. From 2012-2015 Laurel was an Adjunct Professor of Music/Staff Accompanist at Concord University in WV: a highlight was creating her own course, Movement for Musicians.
As a lover of chamber music and advocate of contemporary music, Laurel is a founding member of a new marimba/piano duo which will premiere in September 2016. She also founded Balletik Duo (vln/mar), which has been featured on the Equilibrium and Fifth Floor Collective concert series in Boston, MA, and held residence at Concord University in 2013. From 2012-2014 Laurel served on the Board of Directors for ECCE [East Coast Contemporary Ensemble], rooted in Boston. In another life Laurel dreams of being a playwright and actress, but hopes that with maturity her musical projects can incorporate more and more of that dream.
Laurel loves performing with her husband, percussionist/composer Casey Cangelosi. Together they have played in the USA (TAPS East Coast, PASIC, McCormick Marimba Festival), Mexico (Percusonidos), Costa Rica, and Australia (TAPS OZ).
Laurel endorses sticks and mallets by Innovative Percussion, and instruments by Majestic.