“Sun Piano”, to be released July 17 2020, are spiritual keyboard improvisations performed by Laraaji and recorded in a Brooklyn Church by Jeff Zeigler. The album finds Laraaji fulfilling a lifelong ambition to return to his first instrument, learned whilst growing up in 1950s New Jersey.
“Sun Piano” is a departure from Laraaji’s 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 Laraaji’s 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 revitalized 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 sidestep introduces a new chapter to the story of a much-loved cult icon.
“Sun Piano” is available for pre-order on Bandcamp.