L+M Duo is a marimba and piano duo featuring Laurel Black (marimba) and Marianne Parker (piano). Established in 2016, their mission is to commission, perform, and interpret contemporary classical music, and re-imagine yesterday’s most compelling works. The duo’s inaugural season featured an appearance at the New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University, a world premiere performance at Chicago’s foremost new music venue, Constellation, as well as a university tour in East Tennessee. The duo has been featured in James Madison University's Contemporary Music Festival, and in Fourth Presbyterian Church’s popular Noonday Concert Series in downtown Chicago. L+M Duo served as the Ensemble-in-Residence at University of Illinois-Chicago for the 2017-18 season.
Highlights of their upcoming season include a collaboration with composer Steven Snowden, culminating in a multi-disciplinary exploration of an iconic piece of Chicago architecture; two more world premieres inside the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall as part of New Music Chicago's NMC Presents... series; as well as performances at Mary Baldwin College, James Madison University, and more.
Marianne and Laurel each maintain active new music careers in Chicago and Harrisonburg, VA, respectively. Laurel endorses instruments by Majestic and sticks/mallets by Innovative Percussion.