We’re deeply grateful that Mirabai Ceiba will be bringing their special blend of heart-centered bliss, devotion and elevation to the mix at Sat Nam Fest this April in Joshua Tree, CA. Our festival is the premier Kundalini Yoga and Sacred Chant Music Fest in the world…and the remarkably gifted and infinitely talented people that come together to co-create this experience are beyond magnificent!
Sometimes you just have a feeling about the special, deeply aware, heart-wide-open nature of people. That’s the feeling we get when we tune into Mirabai Ceiba. There’s a celestial magic, a nectar-rich sweetness to their music. There’s something about the love they have for each other, their world, their family…immediate and global, and the love they have for the Divine that is so palpable in their music; we literally are infused with pure love as we listen, sing along, and let our bodies move with the sound current they flow.
It was my profound pleasure to connect with Markus and Angelika of Mirabai Ceiba to ask them some questions that could help us all get to know them a little better.
Firstly, for those who may be wondering what Mirabai Ceiba means…
The name Mirabai Ceiba embodies the influences of both India and Native Latin America.
Mirabai (1498-1547) was a Hindu mystical singer. Her songs express the longing of the individual self to be one with the universal self, represented by Krishna. For Angelika and Markus, the name Mirabai “is the exploration, the devotion, the inspiration in all the different aspects of divinity.”
And the Ceiba is a sacred tree of Latin America which is never cut and grows very tall. “We wish our music could be like the Ceiba tree,” say Markus and Angelika, “with roots deep in Mother Earth and branches extending far and wide into Father Sky.”
Don’t you just love them already?!
What’s your favorite thing about Sat Nam Fest?
Meeting with heart family.
Agreed! Big LOVE!
What’s your favorite Yogi Food?
What’s your favorite Juice Blend?
Banana + berries + greens smoothie
What’s your favorite Morning Sadhana Practice?
We don’t have a favorite practice. We listen into the day and what feels right in the moment. The only thing that is fixed is the intention to take a space for meditation and physical work out as well.
This can be a conscious walk in nature, it can be a certain Kriya, it can be to go for a run and playing music later at night. It’s about breaking our routines and staying open and asking ourselves what is it today that can bring us in touch with ourselves. It can be even preparing very consciously breakfast for the children or having a silent meal in awareness. The only meditation which we do daily is sitting in silence watching the breath, this the base of all other practices.
This is so beautiful… Your life is your practice, and with caring awareness and inner listening…your practice reveals itself in the flow. Brilliant!
You both must be such powerful mirrors for each other…reflecting and sharing your deeply creative flow with one another. No wonder what we experience from you is so transcendent and beauty filled!
What’s playing on your music device right now?
A demo version of material for our new album in order to get familiar with it and to be able to record it in it’s best possible form next week in NY.
Share a profound practice or music creation experience with us?
This last year a few days before each of our daughters birthdays we composed each of them a special song, trying to really express their essence and their being in the lyrics and music. It was a very magical and rewarding experience. We will record these two songs on our upcoming children’s album.
Oh this childrens album is sure to be such a delight! What a blessing your children are to inspire this creativity forth in you…and what a precious gift these songs must be to them. …and to all of us when the new album releases!
Best advice or insight for a new yogi?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun.
Appreciate and honor the teachings and trust what feels right in your heart. Be courageous!
What’s the most treasured spiritual inspiration book in your library?
Our Live Education homeschool curriculum for the children. We learn all so much from it.
Amazing! Homeschooling is such a rewarding path for all involved!
Would you be willing to give us a sneak peek into your creative process?
In between our daily family life and obligations, we open little windows, like between kids bedtime and ours, where we play music by the fire, that’s what our creativity gets fueled with, moment by moment, going through life, it’s challenges and beauty.
When did you first start creating sacred chant music?
Together in 2002
Share what’s new and up and coming for you?
In a few days we are off to NY to record two new projects, a long awaited children’s album and a sacred chant album, which is focused on the miracle of life and death and the relationship to the unknown. The more we enter (through meditation, music and chanting) into the dialog of this what we don’t know, and embrace it, in facing the reality of life’s fragility and transitory nature, the more completely we can taste the sweetness of this present moment and really appreciate the blessing of it. The fear and pain become our teachers and guides, leading us into our full vitality and unique creativity. We are really looking forward to exploring this more through music and mantra and hopefully soon to share it with all of you!
Oh, this sounds divinely delicious! Happy, thank-you, more, please!
Anything else you’d love all future Sat Nam Fest’ers to know?!
Joshua tree is a magical place, and getting together with spiritual family for chanting and celebrating life can be a very healing thing to do.
Also, we are thrilled to play with our dream team, Jamshied Sharifi and Ben Wittman, two very sensitive and high caliber musicians who enrich our music always with so much depth and beauty. See you all there!!!
It all sounds beyond amazing! Markus and Angelika…Mirabai Ceiba.
Such grace. Such beauty! Bowing deep…so grateful to you both for giving us this window into your lives and the creative musical flow that is Mirabai Ceiba! We look forward with eager anticipation to experiencing all that you’re bringing to light up the radiance of Sat Nam Fest West! Thank you!!
Mirabai Ceiba’s Schedule at Sat Nam Fest:
Friday, April 10: Mirabai Ceiba in Concert
Saturday, April 11: Sacred Love Meditations Workshop
REGISTER NOW to Experience Mirabai Ceiba and all of the other amazing artists and teachers collaborating to make this year’s Sat Nam Fest West the most amazing one yet!
Mirabai Ceiba’s Website: www.mirabaiceiba.com
Mirabai Ceiba Artist Bio:
A gentle yet expansive spirit pervades all the music of Mirabai Ceiba. The delicate sounds of harp, piano, and guitar blend with lovingly intertwined voices amid lush celestial soundscapes.
Their concerts are group celebrations for peace—joyous and loving occasions that embody the duo’s profound belief in music as a universal language uniting all the world’s peoples, cultures and traditions.
Mirabai Ceiba is a duo consisting of guitarist/singer Markus Sieber and singer/harpist/keyboardist Angelika Baumbach. They come from different parts of the world. Markus is East German. Angelika was born in Tucson, Arizona, and grew up in a small village near Mexico City, the daughter of a Mexican mother and German father.
Markus and Angelika first met at a street fair at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and quickly fell in love. Markus was pursuing a successful acting career at the time, and Angelika was touring the world as a singer/songwriter. But the newly formed couple decided to share their love with the world through uplifting music steeped in spirituality, tenderness and beauty.