LARAAJI is a musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner based in New York City. Initially working as a stand-up comedian and actor, he began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, improvising trance-inducing jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects. Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album for his seminal Ambient series. Laraaji went onto release a prolific series of albums for a wide variety of labels, many of which he recorded himself at home and sold as cassettes during his street performances.
In recent years he has had his career celebrated extensively, with two All Saints retrospectives Celestial Music 1970–2011 and Two Sides of Laraaji – as well as reissues of Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (Glitterbeat) and the triptych Unicorns in Paradise / Lotus Collage / Connecting with the Inner Healer on Leaving Records. He has also collaborated with a new generation of underground musicians including Sun Araw and Blues Control.
Los Angeles-bred CARLOS NINO is the exalted producer, composer, percussionist, DJ, ensemble orchestrator and mentor who has traversed the multitude of music scenes the city has birthed within the last two decades. Host of the influential Spaceways Radio (1995-2015) on KPFK LA, co-founder of key web radio portal Dublab and producer of epic chamber music tribute to Jay Dilla Suite For Ma Duke, Carlos’s curational activities run in complete parallel to his original compositions and collaborations. This is Space Collage Hybrid music!
Following 2016's Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening album which featured contributions from Iasos, Madlib, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Kamasi Washington, the next instalment in his & Friends series is due on Leaving Records in October.
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alter ego of Max P. aka HIGH WOLF from France.