As a percussionist and accompanist, Laurel is a happily diverse musician. Praised as a “stunning” performer (Percussion News, 2011), she has commissioned or premiered over a dozen works for solo and chamber marimba, and co-hosts the @ percussion podcast with Casey Cangelosi, Megan Arns, and Ben Charles, where her topics focus on the convergence of music, philosophy, and psychology.
Laurel’s research into movement and music has been published in the US and Great Britain, was featured at PASIC 2015, and her blog, Laurel Black Music, averages 100 hits per day. From 2012-2015 Laurel taught at Concord University in WV, where she accompanied groups, students, and faculty, in addition to teaching and creating classes for the department.
Laurel loves performing with her husband, percussionist/composer Casey Cangelosi. As a lover of contemporary chamber music, Laurel is a founding member of Balletik Duo (vln/mar) with Natalie Calma, which has performed along the East Coast. From 2012-2014 she served on the Board of Directors for ECCE (East Coast Contemporary Ensemble) 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.
She endorses sticks and mallets by Innovative Percussion.
MM: The Boston Conservatory. BM: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.