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Legal name: Edward Larry Gordon


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 City 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 requests for longer versions of his compositions which he supplied to 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.

Laraaji's also started the Laughter Meditation Workshops which he still presents around the globe.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Lotus Collage Laraaji 2
1980 Ambient 3: Day of Radiance Laraaji 2
1981 Unicorns in Paradise Laraaji 2
1983 Connecting with the Inner Healer Through Music Laraaji 2
1987 Essence / Universe Laraaji 1
1992 Flow Goes the Universe Laraaji 2
1995 The Way Out Is the Way In Audio Active and Laraaji 1
1997 Cascade Laraaji 1
2011 FRKWYS Vol. 8 Blues Control & Laraaji 1
2015 All In One Peace Laraaji 1
2016 Professional Sunflow Laraaji & Sun Araw 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Celestial Music 1978 - 2011 Laraaji 1
2013 Two Sides of Laraaji Laraaji 1

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Remixes Laraaji 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Islands Laraaji / Roger Eno 2

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