Laraaji
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Edward Larry Gordon: Celestial Vibrations (Spirit Music, 1978) ***
Laraaji: Day Of Radiance (EG Records, 1980) ** with Brian Eno
Edward Larry Gordon: Celestial Realms (Spirit Music, 1986 ***
Laraaji: Essence/ Universe (Audion, 1987) ***
Laraaji: Sun Zither (Laraaji, 1984) *
Laraaji: Live At WNYC (Laraaji, 1985) *
Laraaji: Flow Goes The Universe (Gyroscope, 1992) ***
Laraaji: The Way Out Is The Way In (Gyroscope, 1995) * with Audio Active
Laraaji: My Orangeness (Vel, 2001) *
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New York's Laraaji (Edward Larry Gordon) performed trance/cosmic music with mystical overtones for amplified zither on the two suites of Celestial Vibrations (1978): All Pervading and Bethelehem. This was a case of "free-jazz meets ambient music".

Discovered by Brian Eno, Laraaji was able to market Day Of Radiance (1980) as ambient music. In reality The Dance #1 is an essay of ferocious minimalist pattern a` la Steve Reich. The Dance #2 is slightly gentler, Chinese-sounding with a little more variation, but still a very percussive piece. The 19-minute Meditation #1 is the closest thing to ambient music: a delicate filigree of tones that floats like a feather in a sunny sky, attaining the transcendental quality of an angelic choir, and eventually fades away. Meditation #2 is even slower and more subdued, almost sinister in the way it does not coalesce in a coherent flow despite a sudden and brief surge.

Celestial Realms (1986) and Essence/ Universe (1987) are perhaps more profound.

Sun Zither contains more zither solos.

The 25-minute suite Being Here, off Flow Goes The Universe (1992), is perhaps his most virtuoso concerto, a slow and elegant metamorphosis during which the zither's floating timbres evoke other instruments of the orchestra, interact with each other, emanate each other, are swallowed into each other and, generally, continuously reinvent themselves while maintaining the overall shape of a cosmic nebula. Space Choir and In Continuum are facile new-age music (the latter simulates a synthesizer, the latter a didjeridoo). The 12-minute A Cave In England is simply a humble commentary to the field recording of water falling into the cave. Zither Dance returns to the minimalist patterns of his beginnings. Laughing In Tongues a jovial cabarettish song that seems to hark to folk music.

Laraaji also released several self-produced cassettes.

Frkwys Vol.8 (Rvng, 2011) documents a collaboration between Laraaji and Blues Control.

Il newyorkese Laraaji (Edward Larry Gordon) esegue musica da trance mistica per cetra amplificata, che Brian Eno tentò di vendere come una branca della musica ambientale.

Celestial Realms e Celestial Vibrations sono le prove più sublimi nella sua vena per meditazione. Day Of Radiance è l'album che lo accomunò alla scuola di Eno, e Essence/ Universe ne continua il concetto. Sun Zither contiene assoli allo strumento.

La suite Being Here, su Flow Goes The Universe, è soprattutto un pretesto per giocare con i timbri dell'amplificazione, trasforma la cetra in arpa o dulcimer. Sullo stesso album Zither Dance e Laughing In Tongues segnalano anche una variante più giocosa della sua arte.

Laraaji è anche titolare di una serie di cassette di musica vocale.

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