As champions of new music and believers in guiding today's training musicians, L+M Duo was excited to serve as the Ensemble in Residence at the University of Illinois-Chicago from 2017-2018. They workshopped and recorded new works by the composition studio. Though marimba and piano is L+M's primary instrumentation, they were open to including other keyboard and percussion instruments, which included: celeste, vibraphone, glockenspiel, xylophone, toms, snare drum, and accessory percussion.
calls for scores
Beginning late 2018, L+M Duo announced a Call for Scores for female-identified composers. With no entry fee, scores chosen will be presented in an evening of premieres at a venue celebratory of women in the arts, and reprised throughout the season. Composers will also receive audio and video recordings. L+M Duo will release an album of these works by the year 2022.
all music matters
Music is about and serves our humanity. Sometimes that which moves us is centuries old, sometimes it's never been heard, and sometimes it's a song to which millions on the planet can sing along. And it all matters. As professional musicians, L+M Duo feels that at times their job is to champion the development of the art by focusing on that which pushes boundaries and is intellectually appealing. But sometimes their job is to simply remind everyone, including themselves, that music is a joyful experience.
commissions and premieres
L+M Duo regularly commissions and premieres work from today's composers. We do that because we believe that today's musicians have a responsibility to carry the torch for the classical music tradition. It's exciting to be a part of a living tradition.
Because L+M Duo has a great reverence for music by composers that are no longer with us - and because many of those works we revere did not consider marimba and piano as possible ensemble voices - L+M Duo adapts extant works for their medium. As a duo, we understand marimba and piano to be equal voices; therefore, our adaptations do their best to share melodic lines, harmonic responsibilities, and formal advancement. A list of complete and in-progress adaptations can be found on our Repertoire page.