Born Edward Larry Gordon, this new age visionary came to prominence in the late 1970s after attracting the attention of ambient guru Brian Eno while busking in Washington Square Park. The fabled encounter led to Laraaji’s album-length contribution to Eno’s seminal Ambient Series, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. With Eno behind the boards, Laraaji’s versatile, blissed-out approach to zither playing reached new heights and, at the same time, ears around the world.
In the decades since, Laraaji has maintained an emphatic international following. Having released countless trance-inducing recordings, and led concerts and meditation workshops the world over, his work is revered for its ability to inspire a unique lightness of spirit. More recently, portions of his immense back catalogue have seen renewed interest thanks to reissues from major tastemaker labels including Soul Jazz, Light In The Attic, Stone’s Throw subsidiary Leaving Records and Eno’s imprint All Saints.
His compositions move effortlessly between soothing dronescapes, invigorating minimalism and celestial ambience. Ever a force of positivity, we feel absolutely blessed to be hosting this legendary beacon.Laraaji + Echo Beach @ Fort Massey Church | Sunday, May 28th | $20a/$25d