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American musician Laraaji is one of new age's most distinctive, prolific, and charismatic artists. A master of multiple instruments, he 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, who produced the landmark release Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (1980), Laraaji has released countless cassettes and albums, ranging from the mantra-like synth pop of Vision Songs, Vol. 1 (1984) to the extended drones of 1987's Essence/Universe. Additionally, he has collaborated with several electronic, experimental, rock, and dub musicians, including Japanese dub crew (The Way Out Is the Way In, 1995), ('s Sacrifice, 1998), and Philadelphia duo (FRKWYS Vol. 8, 2011). On solo efforts like 2017's Sun Gong and 2020's Sun Piano and Moon Piano, he focuses on playing a single instrument. He has continued to reissue and unearth older material with releases such as the 2023 box set Segue to Infinity, and to release collaborations like Baptismal (with). 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. Happened to come across one of his performances and dropped a card into his instrument case. This led to producing Gordon's first widely available release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, issued on in 1980. Gordon's first album under the name Laraaji, the LP 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, who released their Celestial Realms cassette on his label in 1986. Laraaji's next vinyl release was Essence/Universe, produced by Robert Ashman and released on in 1987. Laraaji contributed two pieces to Music for Films, Vol. 3, released by 's in 1988. Another label associated with, began releasing Laraaji's music in the early '90s, starting with 1992's Flow Goes the Universe, which was co-produced by. Laraaji then participated in supergroup, along with, and Mayumi Tachibana. The quintet released Automatic on in 1994, followed by Excellent Spirits (without Tachibana) in 1996. During this time, Laraaji also collaborated with Japanese dub group on the 1995 album The Way Out Is the Way In, and released Islands, a split CD with recorded live at a music festival in 1989.Laraaji's solo album Cascade was released by in 1997. The following year, Laraaji played zither on Sacrifice, an album by 's ambient project, issued by. Laraaji collaborated with again for two more albums, Celestial Reiki (2000) and Celestial Reiki II (2002), both on. 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. (a sublabel of) 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, resulting in the eighth volume of '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, 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 and appeared on in 2014. In 2015, issued three of Laraaji's early cassettes as All in One Peace, and German label reissued Ambient 3: Day of Radiance.In 2016, a collaborative double live album by Laraaji and titled Professional Sunflow was issued by, an imprint of reissue label. Later in the year, issued Laraaji's 1984 cassette Om Namah Shivaya on orange vinyl, in addition to releasing Be Still and Glow, another triple-cassette package. Two Laraaji releases, Sun Gong and Bring on the Sun, appeared in September 2017. In early 2018, Vision Songs, Vol. 1 was given a wide release for the first time, courtesy of. Arrive Without Leaving, a collaboration with and, appeared on near the end of the year. Celestial Realms was reissued on vinyl by in early 2019, and the triple-LP The Onrush of Eternity, a dub collaboration with (aka), appeared on around the same time. Laraaji then collaborated with and on an album titled Dreams of Sleep and Wakes of Sound. He returned to his first instrument with the 2020 solo albums Sun Piano and Moon Piano, both released with additional material as part of the cassette box The Piano Trilogy."Infinite Sun, " a collaboration with and Superposition, appeared in 2021. Laraaji and also worked with 's NOUS ensemble, resulting in the full-length Circle of Celebration. The limited cassette All Things Beautiful was released in early 2022, in conjunction with Laraaji's merchandise collaboration with Online Ceramics. He also released an additional EP with titled A Surplus of Absurdity, as well as Meditation: You Are Relaxed, a release with sound wellness company utilizing AI-generated soundscapes. Segue to Infinity, a vinyl box set containing Celestial Vibration and six additional side-long recordings from the same time period, all taken from previously unheard acetates, was released by in early 2023. Baptismal, a collaboration with described as an ambient symphony, appeared on in June. - Paul Simpson, Rovi
American musician Laraaji is one of new age's most distinctive, prolific, and charismatic artists. A master of multiple instruments, he 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, who produced the landmark release Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (1980), Laraaji has released countless cassettes and albums, ranging from the mantra-like synth pop of Vision Songs, Vol. 1 (1984) to the extended drones of 1987's Essence/Universe. Additionally, he has collaborated with several electronic, experimental, rock, and dub musicians, including Japanese dub crew (The Way Out Is the Way In, 1995), ('s Sacrifice, 1998), and Philadelphia duo (FRKWYS Vol. 8, 2011). On solo efforts like 2017's Sun Gong and 2020's Sun Piano and Moon Piano, he focuses on playing a single instrument. He has continued to reissue and unearth older material with releases such as the 2023 box set Segue to Infinity, and to release collaborations like Baptismal (with). 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. Happened to come across one of his performances and dropped a card into his instrument case. This led to producing Gordon's first widely available release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, issued on in 1980. Gordon's first album under the name Laraaji, the LP 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, who released their Celestial Realms cassette on his label in 1986. Laraaji's next vinyl release was Essence/Universe, produced by Robert Ashman and released on in 1987. Laraaji contributed two pieces to Music for Films, Vol. 3, released by 's in 1988. Another label associated with, began releasing Laraaji's music in the early '90s, starting with 1992's Flow Goes the Universe, which was co-produced by. Laraaji then participated in supergroup, along with, and Mayumi Tachibana. The quintet released Automatic on in 1994, followed by Excellent Spirits (without Tachibana) in 1996. During this time, Laraaji also collaborated with Japanese dub group on the 1995 album The Way Out Is the Way In, and released Islands, a split CD with recorded live at a music festival in 1989.Laraaji's solo album Cascade was released by in 1997. The following year, Laraaji played zither on Sacrifice, an album by 's ambient project, issued by. Laraaji collaborated with again for two more albums, Celestial Reiki (2000) and Celestial Reiki II (2002), both on. 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. (a sublabel of) 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, resulting in the eighth volume of '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, 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 and appeared on in 2014. In 2015, issued three of Laraaji's early cassettes as All in One Peace, and German label reissued Ambient 3: Day of Radiance.In 2016, a collaborative double live album by Laraaji and titled Professional Sunflow was issued by, an imprint of reissue label. Later in the year, issued Laraaji's 1984 cassette Om Namah Shivaya on orange vinyl, in addition to releasing Be Still and Glow, another triple-cassette package. Two Laraaji releases, Sun Gong and Bring on the Sun, appeared in September 2017. In early 2018, Vision Songs, Vol. 1 was given a wide release for the first time, courtesy of. Arrive Without Leaving, a collaboration with and, appeared on near the end of the year. Celestial Realms was reissued on vinyl by in early 2019, and the triple-LP The Onrush of Eternity, a dub collaboration with (aka), appeared on around the same time. Laraaji then collaborated with and on an album titled Dreams of Sleep and Wakes of Sound. He returned to his first instrument with the 2020 solo albums Sun Piano and Moon Piano, both released with additional material as part of the cassette box The Piano Trilogy."Infinite Sun, " a collaboration with and Superposition, appeared in 2021. Laraaji and also worked with 's NOUS ensemble, resulting in the full-length Circle of Celebration. The limited cassette All Things Beautiful was released in early 2022, in conjunction with Laraaji's merchandise collaboration with Online Ceramics. He also released an additional EP with titled A Surplus of Absurdity, as well as Meditation: You Are Relaxed, a release with sound wellness company utilizing AI-generated soundscapes. Segue to Infinity, a vinyl box set containing Celestial Vibration and six additional side-long recordings from the same time period, all taken from previously unheard acetates, was released by in early 2023. Baptismal, a collaboration with described as an ambient symphony, appeared on in June. - Paul Simpson, Rovi
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Label: NUMERO
Rel. Date: 01/19/2018
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Vision Songs Vol. 1 [Colored Vinyl] (Org)
Artist: Laraaji
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1. Hare Jaya Jaya Rama I
2. Is This Clear? I
3. Great Bells in the Morning
4. All of a Sudden
5. I Can Only Bliss Out (F'days)
6. We Shall Be Lifted
7. Cosmic Joe
8. Hare Jaya Jaya Rama II
9. Laws of Manifestation
10. Is This Clear? II
11. Is This Clear? III

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American musician Laraaji is one of new age's most distinctive, prolific, and charismatic artists. A master of multiple instruments, he 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, who produced the landmark release Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (1980), Laraaji has released countless cassettes and albums, ranging from the mantra-like synth pop of Vision Songs, Vol. 1 (1984) to the extended drones of 1987's Essence/Universe. Additionally, he has collaborated with several electronic, experimental, rock, and dub musicians, including Japanese dub crew (The Way Out Is the Way In, 1995), ('s Sacrifice, 1998), and Philadelphia duo (FRKWYS Vol. 8, 2011). On solo efforts like 2017's Sun Gong and 2020's Sun Piano and Moon Piano, he focuses on playing a single instrument. He has continued to reissue and unearth older material with releases such as the 2023 box set Segue to Infinity, and to release collaborations like Baptismal (with). 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. Happened to come across one of his performances and dropped a card into his instrument case. This led to producing Gordon's first widely available release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, issued on in 1980. Gordon's first album under the name Laraaji, the LP 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, who released their Celestial Realms cassette on his label in 1986. Laraaji's next vinyl release was Essence/Universe, produced by Robert Ashman and released on in 1987. Laraaji contributed two pieces to Music for Films, Vol. 3, released by 's in 1988. Another label associated with, began releasing Laraaji's music in the early '90s, starting with 1992's Flow Goes the Universe, which was co-produced by. Laraaji then participated in supergroup, along with, and Mayumi Tachibana. The quintet released Automatic on in 1994, followed by Excellent Spirits (without Tachibana) in 1996. During this time, Laraaji also collaborated with Japanese dub group on the 1995 album The Way Out Is the Way In, and released Islands, a split CD with recorded live at a music festival in 1989.Laraaji's solo album Cascade was released by in 1997. The following year, Laraaji played zither on Sacrifice, an album by 's ambient project, issued by. Laraaji collaborated with again for two more albums, Celestial Reiki (2000) and Celestial Reiki II (2002), both on. 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. (a sublabel of) 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, resulting in the eighth volume of '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, 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 and appeared on in 2014. In 2015, issued three of Laraaji's early cassettes as All in One Peace, and German label reissued Ambient 3: Day of Radiance.In 2016, a collaborative double live album by Laraaji and titled Professional Sunflow was issued by, an imprint of reissue label. Later in the year, issued Laraaji's 1984 cassette Om Namah Shivaya on orange vinyl, in addition to releasing Be Still and Glow, another triple-cassette package. Two Laraaji releases, Sun Gong and Bring on the Sun, appeared in September 2017. In early 2018, Vision Songs, Vol. 1 was given a wide release for the first time, courtesy of. Arrive Without Leaving, a collaboration with and, appeared on near the end of the year. Celestial Realms was reissued on vinyl by in early 2019, and the triple-LP The Onrush of Eternity, a dub collaboration with (aka), appeared on around the same time. Laraaji then collaborated with and on an album titled Dreams of Sleep and Wakes of Sound. He returned to his first instrument with the 2020 solo albums Sun Piano and Moon Piano, both released with additional material as part of the cassette box The Piano Trilogy."Infinite Sun, " a collaboration with and Superposition, appeared in 2021. Laraaji and also worked with 's NOUS ensemble, resulting in the full-length Circle of Celebration. The limited cassette All Things Beautiful was released in early 2022, in conjunction with Laraaji's merchandise collaboration with Online Ceramics. He also released an additional EP with titled A Surplus of Absurdity, as well as Meditation: You Are Relaxed, a release with sound wellness company utilizing AI-generated soundscapes. Segue to Infinity, a vinyl box set containing Celestial Vibration and six additional side-long recordings from the same time period, all taken from previously unheard acetates, was released by in early 2023. Baptismal, a collaboration with described as an ambient symphony, appeared on in June. - Paul Simpson, Rovi
        
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