Laraaji is All Saints’ resident chief of celestial sounds. Born Edward Larry Gordon in Philadelphia, he studied violin, piano, trombone and voice in his early years before studying composition and piano at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Upon discovering Eastern mysticism in the 70s he 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, leading to a steady rise to fame through releases such as Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, Flow Goes the Universe in 1992 and The Way Out is the Way in, with Audio Active in 1995.
He continues to release music alongside his Laughter Meditation Workshops which he still presents around the globe.