more from
All Saints Records

Sun Piano

by Laraaji

/
  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Includes unlimited streaming of Sun Piano via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 4 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      £18 GBP or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Limited copies of the Japanese CD edition of Sun Piano featuring additional track "Star Waltz". N.B. image shown does not reflect final product - photo forthcoming

    Includes unlimited streaming of Sun Piano via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 99 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £18 GBP or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      £10 GBP  or more

     

1.
2.
3.
Flow Joy 02:30
4.
Shenandoah 03:10
5.
6.
7.
Elevation 03:18
8.
9.
10.
Lifting Me 03:45
11.
Resonance 05:55
12.

about

Spiritual keyboard improvisations performed by Laraaji and recorded in a Brooklyn Church by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Mary Lattimore). Sun Piano finds Laraaji fulfilling a lifelong ambition to return to his first instrument, learnt whilst growing up in 1950s New Jersey. A departure from his FX-soaked cosmic zither jams, these elegant miniatures nevertheless reveal enough personality and inner light to be clearly identifiable as ‘Laraaji Music’.

This release is the latest step in something of a late career renaissance for the New York City based musician and mystic. He first came to public attention in the late 70s via his entry in the legendary Brian Eno-produced Ambient series of albums, Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance. In the last few years his music has been re-discovered by a whole new generation of fans via reissues from the likes of the Numero Group, Light In The Attic and Leaving Records; new collaborations with underground musicians Dallas Acid and Sun Araw; a revitalised live presence that has seen him share concert stages worldwide with the likes of Solange and Jonathan Wilson; and a wide amount of media coverage: from discussing his love of orange clothes in Vogue, to demonstrating the benefits of transcendental music on BBC4 or performing a coveted NPR tiny desk concert . This latest musical side step introduces a new chapter to the story of a much-loved cult icon.

credits

released July 17, 2020

Recorded at the First Unitarian Church, Brooklyn, NY, December 10 & 11 2018. Engineered and mixed by Jeff Zeigler on behalf of Uniform Recording. Session co-ordination by Clint Newsom and Matthew Jones. Edits by Christian Havins. Mastered by Stefan Betke at Scape. Photography by Daniel Oduntan. Design and layout by Darryl Norsen. All compositions by Edward Larry Gordon, Warp Publishing Ltd, except “Shenandoah”, traditional, arranged by Laraaji.

A note on the recording - this is essentially a ‘live’ session, tracked inside a working church in a busy part of Brooklyn. Whilst Laraaji was playing, different community groups would pass through to use the church’s facilities, and a number of distinctive city sounds would sometimes penetrate the walls of the church, from police car sirens to the noise of schoolchildren. There are no overdubs, and Laraaji’s spontaneous performance is captured vérité style, with minimum application of artificial techniques to clean up what was captured on the microphones. Please note therefore that whilst chair scrapes, door slams and the breathing of the pianist are all audible, the full dynamic range and authentic spirit of the session are captured on this record. Some of the longer pieces have been edited into shorter sections thanks to careful attention and skilful work by Christian Havins of the band Dallas Acid, who have both collaborated with Laraaji previously and released their own album on All Saints Records.

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Laraaji New York, New York

Laraaji is a musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner based in New York City. He began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, improvising experimental jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects. He has since released albums for a variety of labels, often recording himself at home and selling the results as cassettes during his street performances. ... more

shows

contact / help

Contact Laraaji

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Laraaji, you may also like: