On the weekend of April 3 and 4, the internationally acclaimed musician Laraaji will present an immersive sonic experience followed the next day by a workshop exploring the power of laughter to encourage relaxation, playfulness, and the strength of the body’s immune system. Both events will be held at Epsilon Spires in downtown Brattleboro.
Laraaji started releasing music in 1980, after the groundbreaking experimental musician Brian Eno heard him playing the electric zither on the streets of New York City. Eno invited Laraaji to record in his studio, and the resulting album became one of the first—and most influential—records ever released in the genre of ambient music.
In the subsequent forty years, Laraaji has toured the world with an innovative mix of electric and acoustic instruments, ranging from micro-tuned mounted gongs to exotic effect pedals.
Laraaji also incorporates elements of guided meditation into his performances, resulting in a shimmering, trance-like sonic journey that simultaneously brings listeners into the moment and out of this world. Laraaji’s music explores the sacred and the joyful, in a process he describes as “free-associating with time, space, and energy.”
In addition to the musical performance on April 3rd, Laraaji will lead a laughter yoga workshop with the sound healer, reiki master, and dreamwork teacher Arji OceAnanda.
This experience will allow participants to collectively let down their guard and focus the healing power of laughter on parts of the body such as the heart, pituitary gland, and immune system.
Designed to encourage playfulness and vulnerability, Laraaji describes the workshop as a process that will “relax the breath, the thought processes, the body, and leave the person in a place that's equal to the final posture in yoga classes: shavasana, or deep meditative relaxation.”
The concert on April 3 is $25 per person, and the workshop on April 4th is $35. For more information about these events, visit https://www.epsilonspires.org/event-info/laraaji-celestial-sound-immersion.
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