Laraaji

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Laraaji
Birth name Edward Larry Gordon
Also known as Laraaji Nadabrahmananda[1][2]
Born 1943
Origin Philadelphia
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments zither
Years active 1979–present
Website laraaji.blogspot.com

Laraaji (born 1943) is an American musician. Born Edward Larry Gordon in Philadelphia, he studied violin, piano, trombone and voice in his early years in New Jersey. He attended Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C. on a scholarship to study composition and piano. After studying at Howard, he spent time in New York pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian and actor.

In the early seventies he began to study Eastern mysticism and believed he'd found a new path for his music and his life. It was also at this time he bought his first zither from a local pawn shop. Converting it to an electronic instrument, he began to experiment using the instrument like a piano. By 1978, he developed enough skill to begin busking in the parks and on the sidewalks of New York.

The following year he was "discovered" by Brian Eno while playing in Washington Square Park. The result was his most widely-recognized release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, the third installment of Brian Eno's Ambient series. This was his first album released under the name of Laraaji.

This international exposure led to many requests for longer versions of his compositions which he supplied to many meditation groups on cassette tapes. It also resulted in an expansion of his mystic studies with such gurus as Swami Satchidananda and Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, founder of the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York.

Another product of Laraaji's increasing enlightenment was the creation of the Laughter Meditation Workshops which he still presents around the globe.

Releases[edit]

  • Celestial Vibration (Swan - 1978)
  • Lotus-Collage (Laraaji - 1979)
  • Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance (Editions EG - 1980)
  • I Am Ocean (Celestial Vibration - 1981)
  • Unicorns in Paradise (Laraaji - 1981)
  • Rhythm N' Bliss (Third Ear - 1982)
  • Om Namah Shivaya (Celestial Vibration - 1984)
  • Sun Zither (Laraaji - 1984)
  • Vision Songs #1 (Laraaji - 1984)
  • Open Sky (Celestial Vibration - 1985)(w. Brother Ah)
  • Live at WNYC (Laraaji - 1985)
  • One - All Loving One (Laraaji - 1985)
  • Celestial Realms (Spirit Music - 1986) (w. Lyghte a.k.a. Jonathan Goldman)
  • Once Upon a Zither (Laraaji - 1986)
  • Essence/Universe (Jem - 1987)
  • Music for Films III (Opal - 1989) (various artists)
  • Zither Bliss (Laraaji - 1987)
  • White Light Music (Laraaji - 1987)
  • Urban Saint (Laraaji - 1987)
  • Sol (Laraaji - 1987) (w. Larry Kramer)
  • Freeflow - I'm in Heaven (Celestial Vibration - 1980s)
  • I Am Healing (Celestial Vibration - 1980s) (w. Shree Vena)
  • I Am Loved (Laraaji - 1980s)
  • I Am Sky (Laraaji - 1980s)
  • Bring Forth (Your Highest Vision) (Laraaji - 1980s)
  • Selected New Music III (Clear Music - 1991) (various artists)
  • Flow Goes the Universe (All Saints Records - 1993)
  • Automatic (Gyroscope - 1994) (as part of Channel Light Vessel)
  • The Way Out Is the Way In (All Saints Records- 1995) (with Audio Active)
  • Islands (Sine - 1995) (w. Roger Eno)
  • Excellent Spirits (All Saints Records - 1996) (as part of Channel Light Vessel)
  • Cascade (a.k.a. Enlighten) (Relaxation Co. - 1997)
  • Divination/Sacrifice (Meta 1998) (w. Bill Laswell)
  • Celestial Reiki (Etherean - 2000) (w. Jonathan Goldman)
  • Shiva Shakti Groove (Collective - 2000)
  • Celestial Zone (Laraaji - 2002)
  • My Orangeness (VelNet - 2002)
  • Celestial Reiki II (Etherean - 2002) (w. Jonathan Goldman & Sarah Benson)
  • Water & Soft Zither (Laraaji - 2004)
  • Laughter: The Best Medicine (Laraaji - 2004)
  • Chakra Balancing Music (Laraaji - 2004)
  • In a Celestial Water Garden (Laraaji - 2005)
  • Sonic Sketches (w. Nadi Burton - 2006)
  • Song of Indra (w. Phil Gruber - 2006)
  • Ambient Zither in G Pentatonic (Laraaji - 2007)
  • Mountain Creek Water (Laraaji - 2007)
  • Sonic Portals (Laraaji - 2008)
  • FRKWYS Vol. 8 (Blues Control & Laraaji - 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laraaji Nadananda". dwij.org. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  2. ^ Laraaji. "LaraaJi NadaBrahmAnanda" (Blog). Retrieved 2008-10-15. 

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