LR100, 101, 102, 103
Laraaji – Om Namah Shivaya / Be Still and Glow – 1980s
*LR100 runtime: 40min, LR101 runtime: 64min, LR102 runtime: 62min, LR103 runtime: 92min *ORANGE VINYL Om Namah Shivaya 1LP, original jacket design from Laraaji 1984 *BE STILL AND GLOW 3CS Silver-embossed Metallic Mandarine Sleeve, written by Laraaji *photography and design: Will Pesta
Leaving Records presents its second archival installment with legendary New Age composer Laraaji, all material previously self-released and distributed in ltd. quantities during the 1980s.
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Om Namah Shivaya from 1984 finds Laraaji using drum machines and stream-of-consciousness vocal mantra to make new-age trance pop.
LR100 Laraaji – Om Namah Shivaya 1984, 1LP
“This original 1984 cassette home recording was inspired by request for personal long play soundtrack to accompany a delivery room child birth in Florida. It was intended to wlecome a newborn child with love, ecstatic joy, and high positivism. I used the Casiotone M70 electric keyboard and chat sang wihle in a prepared vision trance. C Major.” -Laraaji
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Be Still and Glow collects three long-form titles from the deep and seemingly endless pool of cassette archives from Laraaji Nadabrahmananda during peak productivity years in the 1980s. Curated, remastered, and restored to its utmost listening enjoyment potential by Leaving Records’ Matthew “Matthewdavid” McQueen alongside Laraaji. Initially unearthed and transferred from tape by Douglas McGowan.
LR101 Laraaji – Sun Zither 1&2 1984, CS
“90+ minutes of non-stop sun-drenched Zither Ecstacy”
“A refreshing new sound journey through ecstatic hammered open-tuned zither string board, through jazz-funk rhythms with improvised rubber-tipped mallets, through rattled, stopped Zither. Chaos with wooden chopsticks, through ethereal steel slide string sound exploration to take the classic zither sound way out of the box. An exploratory adventure in sustained open modal tuning, elegant electronics and virtuoso performance mastery” -Laraaji
LR102 Laraaji – Tonings 1&2 1980s, CS
“Tonings 1: Shimmering celestial Zither and OM chant continual deep induction listening for expanded inner-stillness.” -Laraaji
“Tonings 2: OM chimes ladder, Kalimba (African thumb piano), hand chimes, spontaneous laughter release, chant, & chimes distortion (heavy at times towards end.)” -Laraaji
LR103 Laraaji – Celestrana / Deep Chimes Meditation 1980s CS
“Celestrana: Calming, gentle, continual, patient, relaxed-pace solo electric zither feeling. Home cassette recorded 1980’s. Mood of contemplative stillness. Peaceful, introspective listening.”
“Deep Chimes Meditation: Classic, Space, Peace, Zen, Timelessness” -Laraaji
LR121 Carlos Niño & Matthewdavid’s Mindflight – Springrain Flight DIGITAL
When Gilles Peterson and Jonathan Rudnick of Worldwide FM
asked Matthewdavid and I to put together a Leaving Records
take over of their Radio Station in Los Angeles, we rallied
Jamire Williams, Chassol, Devonwho, and Kiefer to join
us in Live Performance and Conversation. We spent all of
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Stones Throw Studio,
connecting and vibing on the Radio. It was a beautiful day
just after the Spring Equinox . . .
I set up a room of Gongs, Cymbals and Bells to perform an
improvisation with Jamire and Chassol, and to Duet with Matthewdavid.
Matthew was the Host and DJ, and had a couple of his synthesizers
and pedals active and ready to play.
SpringrainFlight is an expansion of this energy, effort, gathering.
“Gongs, Cymbals and Bells” is my full Improvisation from the room
I set up in, with the elements Matthew added, Live for the Broadcast,
muted. Later Matthew transformed what he played along with me
into his Mindflight “Blooming Always.” We decided to release our
Solo pieces side by side, inspired by the collective, and with joyous
interest in making music together in the future!
released April 20, 2017
Originally released in 2014 from Los Angeles artist Celia Hollander, the experimental piano compositions of DRAFT are now reissued as a limited cassette + album-length video & premiere screening event thru L.A.’s Leaving Records on April 7th 2017.
Stephen Black – Clarinet, Saxophone
Huw Evans – Guitar, Synthesizer
Josh Klinghoffer – Marimba, Synthesizer
Cate Le Bon – Piano, Vibraphone
Stella Mozgawa – Bass, Marimba, Percussion
Josiah Steinbrick – Vibraphone, Piano
1. Banana A
2. Banana B
3. Banana C
4. Banana D
Recorded by Samur Khouja at El Sereno
Assisted by Nathaniel Eras
Mixed by Matthew “Matthewdavid” McQueen & Josiah Steinbrick at Stones Throw Studios
Assisted by Jake Viator
Mastered by Samur Khouja at Seahorse Sound
“Banana B” contains elements from Part IV of Kolm Ballaadi Poistekoorile by Heino Jürisalu & Part I of Instrumentals Vol. II by Arthur Russell
Arrangements on A, B, & C by BANANA
Art Direction by Josiah Steinbrick
Image sourced from the archives of Michael Dumontier
The album itself was recorded live to reel to reel tape on March 29th 2016 to be aired as a special on dublab.com. This incarnation of the ensemble came together to serve as backing group for Cate Le Bon’s “Crab Day” promotional tour as well as the opening act. We performed in Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, Cardiff, London, Los Angeles, and New York City. BANANA was a new experience for us. The sound of musicians I feel very connected to playing freely around composed pieces under my direction – exploring themes and theories of naturalism and modalism through repetition. For those in search of a bath, a rinse, a departure, or an expansion. Hopefully exotic, hopefully pleasant.