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Laraaji

American musician Laraaji is one of new age's most distinctive, prolific, and charismatic artists. A master of multiple instruments, Laraaji primarily constructs his lengthy, meditative soundscapes from an electronically altered zither, hammered dulcimer, kalimba, synthesizers, piano, and other instruments, as well as natural sounds and vocals. Since first gaining exposure in the early '80s after a chance meeting with ambient innovator Brian Eno, Laraaji has released countless cassettes and albums, including collaborations with several electronic, experimental, rock, and dub musicians. In addition to his musical career, he is well known for his Laughter Meditation Workshops.

Laraaji was born Edward Larry Gordon in Philadelphia in 1943. While growing up in New Jersey, he studied several instruments as well as vocals, and he attended Washington, D.C.'s Howard University on a music scholarship. He then moved to New York City with the intention of making a living as an actor and comedian. He began to study Eastern mysticism, which would change the course of his life. He found a zither at a local pawn shop and experimented with it, developing a unique sound through electronic enhancement and unconventional playing techniques. He released his first album, Celestial Vibration, under his own name in 1978 on a small label called SWN, and began busking on New York City sidewalks and in parks. Brian Eno happened to come across one of his performances and dropped a card into his instrument case. This led to Eno producing Gordon's first widely available release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, issued on EG Records in 1980. Gordon's first album under the name Laraaji, the album featured hypnotic, gamelan-like rhythms played on hammered dulcimer, as well as calmer ambient pieces for zither.

As a result of the album's success, Laraaji's compositions became in demand from meditation groups. He released numerous cassette tapes featuring extended, continuously flowing pieces, as well as occasional avant-garde synth pop devotional songs, as on 1984's Vision Songs, Vol. 1. He expanded his spiritual studies, practicing under the tutelage of Swami Satchidananda and Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. He collaborated with Sound Healers Association founder Jonathan Goldman, who released their Celestial Realms cassette on his Spirit Music label in 1986. Laraaji's next vinyl release was Essence/Universe, produced by Robert Ashman and released on Audion Recording Company in 1987. Laraaji contributed two pieces to Music for Films, Vol. 3, released by Eno's Opal Records in 1988. Another label associated with Eno, All Saints Records, began releasing Laraaji's music in the early '90s, starting with 1992's Flow Goes the Universe, which was co-produced by Michael Brook. Laraaji then participated in supergroup Channel Light Vessel, along with Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Kate St. John, and Mayumi Tachibana. The quintet released Automatic on All Saints in 1994, followed by Excellent Spirits (without Tachibana) in 1996. During this time, Laraaji also collaborated with Japanese dub group Audio Active on the 1995 album The Way Out Is the Way In, and released Islands, a split CD with Roger Eno recorded live at a music festival in 1989.

Laraaji's solo album Cascade was released by the Relaxation Company in 1997. The following year, Laraaji played zither on Sacrifice, an album by Bill Laswell's ambient project Divination, released by Meta Records. Laraaji collaborated with Jonathan Goldman again for two more albums, Celestial Reiki (2000) and Celestial Reiki II (2002), both on Spirit Music. He recorded the 2001 album My Orangeness on a farm in Italy, with several local musicians. Laraaji collaborated with Phil Gruber on The Song of Indra, and with Nadi Burton on Sonic Sketches, both in 2006. Otherwise, most of his albums during this decade were self-released solo CD-Rs. Universal Sound (a sublabel of Soul Jazz Records) reissued his debut release Celestial Vibration on CD and LP in 2010.

In 2011, Laraaji's music reached a new audience when he worked with Philadelphia-based experimental rock duo Blues Control, resulting in the eighth volume of RVNG Intl.'s FRKWYS collaborative series. The acclaimed album led to a resurgence of interest in Laraaji's back catalog, and several of his recordings were re-released. In 2013, All Saints packaged Flow Goes the Universe and The Way Out Is the Way In as the double-CD Two Sides of Laraaji, in addition to issuing Celestial Music 1978-2011, a generous anthology of excerpts from his self-released tapes as well as highlights from his more widely known albums and collaborations. A 12" EP of remixes by artists such as Sun Araw and Motion Sickness of Time Travel appeared on All Saints in 2014. In 2015, Leaving Records issued three of Laraaji's early cassettes as All in One Peace, and German label Glitterbeat reissued Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. In 2016, a collaborative double-live album by Laraaji and Sun Araw titled Professional Sunflow was issued by W.25TH, an imprint of reissue label Superior Viaduct. ~ Paul Simpson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Flow Goes The Universe

1. Being Here

2. Immersion

3. A Cave In England

4. Zither Dance

5. In Continuum

6. Deep Celestial

7. Space Choir

8. Mbira Dance

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Love his music but always found it slightly amusing that, while Laraaji sounds exotic, his real name is Larry Gordon (Larry G. = Laraaji) and that he's from Philadelphia . I need to get this CD though.
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Now that you pointed that out Michael E I hear the hemi-sync clicks too.
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i like thehemi-sync clicks throughout the music!
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maryz35
Ditto, ditto, and ditto! Too bad it looks as though Laraaji has done only the single record, and that was in 1992. :-(
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Nice love it! !!
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have always enjoyed new age music, but this is guy is totally new to me ....sooo mellooow
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One of the most appropriate of the ambient artist works. Found it a perfect balance of interesting & hypnotic. Veddy nice!
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A very long track of peaceful music which could go on a lot longer.
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Wonderful sounds!
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Very relaxing and tranquil! What a great ambience.
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Music with insence,adds to your :::::::::::: : : : : : v i b r a t i o n s of spirit:::::: : : : : : : : : : : : : : : F R A N K VOLPE,f.r.c.
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Magic like standing in the wind of sound!
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crystalwizar d e s s
Just what I needed right now. Calm flowing notes, smooth transitions, and even volumes. Bravo!
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Just chill.
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great homework/rea d i n g / m e d i t a t i n g music
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mayavoice
ahhhh....
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Quits the Madness for Clear Thinking
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jeffery1810
New to me &&& I think it's great...way soothing ~~~Thanx, Pandora
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very relaxing, thank you so much!
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love these sounds!
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There is a lot more Laraaji than this one album.
http://www.a m a z o n . c o m / L a r a a j i / e / B 0 0 0 A P Z 9 9 W / r e f = n t t _ m u s _ d p _ p e l
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welcome to the inner self, third eye exposure
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theresa_talb o t 2 0 0 0
wow!!!!!!!!! ! so beautiful
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wow, prettty cool
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Beautiful & most relaxing.
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217924248
mysterious music
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iluvhealing4 u
this music takes you to your celestial self.......8 ~ e v e r !
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just what I needed yyyyeeeessss s . . . . . . .
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lilvforcey
Relaxing. Enjoy
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Ahhhhhhhhh.. . . A m b i e n t .
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Like a feather duster for my mind, cleans out the cob webs yet doesn't break any of the precious things!
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I haven't heard Laraaji in years -- since I had a turntable. Thanks Pandora!
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I love Laraaji, my favorite new age artist. His music cleanses my soul, makes me feel fresh, alive and renewed. He is one of a kind.
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pushpuri
or maybe it's more like...great music?
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sanleandroan g e l
...golden opalescent wanderings of soul spirit... we part of all things, all things are us.. .
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Get a life
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vic_erskine
Ahhhhhhhhhhh h h . . .
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Brenda
Feels like I am floating on a cloud no thoughts to disturb me just peaceful feelings.
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Or like taking an extended voyage to the deep reaches of outer space.
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Like taking an engaging, mesmerizing trip to the center of the Earth...

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