Laraaji ( a.k.a. Edward Larry Gordon)

Hailed as one of the forefathers of both ambient electronic and new age music, Laraaji is best known for his 1980 collaboration with Brian Eno, "Ambient 3: DAY OF RADIANCE."

 

Born in 1943 as Edward Larry Gordon, Laraaji attended Howard University in Washington D.C. on a scholarship to study composition and piano.  He later spent time in New York pursuing a career as a

stand-up comedian and actor.  In the seventies, Laraaji began a lifelong study of Eastern Mysticism, was initiated as a swami, and merged music with spiritual practice.  Following an intuition, he bought a zither from a local pawn shop, converted it to an

electronic instrument, and, while busking in Washington Square Park, Laraaji was discovered by Brian Eno who offered to produce him on the spot...resulting in DAY OF RADIANCE

 

His recordings can be found at labels: WARP records, All Saints records, Spirit Music, GLITTERBEAT, Numero Group, Stones Throw, Leaving Records, Soul Jazz,

Virgin, Flying Moonlight, RVNG records, CDB RECORDS, as well as numerous self-published titles both solo and in collaboration with other artists.