(1943, USA) Born Edward Larry Gordon in Philadelphia, he studied violin, piano, trombone and voice in his early years in New Jersey. He attended Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C. on a scholarship to study composition and piano. In the early seventies he began to study Eastern mysticism and believed he'd found a new path for his music and his life. By 1978, he developed enough skill to begin busking in the parks and on the sidewalks of New York. The following year he was “discovered” by Brian Eno while playing in Washington Square Park. The result was his most widely-recognized release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance.