Laraaji, Raoni Muzho Saleh & Radna Rumping in conversation
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Where to find inner stillness? How to perform not for human beings, but for space? Where do the sounds of celebration and grief intersect? These are some of the topics explored in this episode, where Laraaji, a musician and laughter practitioner, and Raoni Muzho Saleh, a choreographer and performer, discuss ‘the sonic experience of life’ with moderator Radna Rumping. The result is a lively intergenerational conversation on collective sounding as a healing practice.
A transcript of the conversation is available here.
Laraaji is a musician, mystic and laughter-meditation practitioner based in New York City, who plays piano, zither and mbira. His musical career includes over 50 releases: from the legendary Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (1980, a collaboration with Brian Eno) to the more recent Sun Piano and Moon Piano albums (2020, All Saints Records). Laraaji is the creator and facilitator of Laughter Meditation Workshops, sharing the ‘seriously fun’ practice of heavy laughter as a transformative and ultimately healing tool for everyone.
Raoni Muzho Saleh is a choreographer and performer based in Amsterdam. Born in Afghanistan and raised in Pakistan, his thinking and work is shaped by fugitivity as a radical movement. By dancing through the gender spectrum, Raoni has developed a unique movement practice that emphasizes “becoming other”, a continuous state of incompleteness. Through the use of materials such as textile, dough, voice, and text, Raoni invites a serious kind of play into space where all can become immersed in otherworldly stories.
This broadcast is the third of a three-part series on embodied listening and non-verbal vocal expression, curated by Radna Rumping. Previous episodes: 'Laraaji - Guided Laughter Release' (19 september) and ‘Raoni Muzho Saleh - Gathering in a Polyphonic MOOOOAAAAAAANN Safeguards Solidarity’ (26 September). All episodes stay available through our archive.