As the story goes, Laraaji was busking in NYC’s Washington Square Park, improvising on his self-designed amplified zither with his eyes closed. When he finished and looked into his open instrument case, there was a note from one Brian Eno offering to produce a record, ultimately resulting in 1980’s Ambient 3: Days of Radiance. While that album remains a touchstone, the closest we’ll get to knowing what Eno heard in the park that day is Segue to Infinity— a trove of Laraaji’s earliest recordings, revealing a fully realized musical universe in which the progenitor of ambient/new age was already perfectly and serenely at home.
“Transmissions is a lovely name; I think that’s a very crucial name for this age.” So says mystic musician Laraaji, our guest this week on the show. His Orangeness (AKA Edward Larry Gordon) joins us to discuss his upbringing in the Baptist church, initial entry into meditation, the spiritual qualities of laughter, and much more.
Laraaji began his musical life at the piano and with his new lp, Sun Piano, he returns to it. He joined Aquarium Drunkard’s Jennifer Kelly to discuss his long musical career, laughter meditation, and the role that music can play in very difficult times.
Welcome to the February (just under the wire) installment of Aquarium Drunkard’s recurring Transmissions podcast, a series of interviews and audio esoterica from Aquarium Drunkard. We’ve got an introspective episode for […]
As evidenced by our last conversation with composer and teacher Laraaji, the man has a magical way with words. While so often contemplative music is defined by its serenity and placidity –to […]
The music of Laraaji is defined by its joy. Born Edward Larry Gordon, Laraaji’s music draws from many sources, including his studies of Eastern spiritualism, avant-garde minimalism, and Gamelan rhythms, […]