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Laraaji & Ariel Kalma,Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

March 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+10

Laraaji & Ariel Kalma


Crown Ruler & Melbourne Recital Centre are proud to present a celestial evening of music featuring Laraaji & Ariel Kalma, live at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Orange clad and cloud-levelled in nature, New-Age icon Laraaji is a masterful navigator of music and meditation. Embarking on his creative path at Howard University (an institution primarily dedicated to serving and educating black students prior to the civil rights movement), he moved to New York in the 60s to pursue a brief career stand-up comedy & acting, which included an appearance in Robert Downey Sr.’s political cult-comedy Putney Swope. A decade later, Laraaji began exploring studies of mysticism & meditation. Following a particularly resonant experience with Musica Universalis (also known as Music of the Spheres) and his now signature instrument — the zither — a devotion to music was bestowed on him. He busked along the streets of Brooklyn, selling self-recorded tapes and experimenting with open tuning and musical meditation, when one Brian Eno’s ears pricked up along the sidewalk of Washington Square Park. Eno extended the invitation to contribute to his seminal Ambient series, one of the first and most widely-recognised of many recorded works on Laraaji’s massive list of releases for various labels, the most recent being 2017’s Bring On The Sun.

Parisian-born, Byron-based recording artist Ariel Kalma is a self-professed ‘musician of the world.’ With countless planes in the language of his repertoire, he centres musical connectivity in his work, unmistakeable within the siamese fusions in each layer of his songs. A notable head-start for any New Age multi-instrumentalist, Kalma studied computer science during the 60s in college, while exploring a range of wind instruments including the saxophone and flute. Whilst studying, he embarked on a world tour in Italian singer Salvatore Adamo’s horns section, and began collaborating with Baden Powell in the early 70s — a greatly celebrated Brasilian guitarist. Fostering his interest in experimental tape pieces strung together with found sounds and poetry, Ariel embarked on a studious trip to India where his penchant for drones and meditative music came to fruition. In ’75 he released his harmonious debut album Le Temps des Moissons, Since, Ariel has produced countless records and continues to do so, proving the medicinal nature of his sound.

To welcome you into the space of these two endlessly pioneering musicians, and joining the gaps in between, we think the turntables deserve no less than Michael Kucyk AKA Noise In My Head to help tell the story.

Tickets on sale now at melbournerecitalcentre.com.au.

We acknowledge that this event takes place on stolen land, owned by the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, where sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their elders past, present & emerging, and invite all First Nations People in our community who wish to attend to PM us for ticket arrangements.


March 15, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Melbourne Recital Centre31 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3006, Australia
Melbourne Recital Centre31 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3006, Australia
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