A true musical love-affair, this album features the enchanting interplay of the vocals of this duo, evoking the perfect balance of yin and yang, masculine and feminine in every note. Angelika`s lilting song-bird voice is wrapped in the warmth of Markus’ gentle melodies.
Special Guest: Nils Petter Molvær
You feel Mirabai Ceiba`s album move through your body like inhaling a sea breeze before you consciously hear it with your ears.
Their newest release Between the Shores of Our Souls is a daring new direction for the band, featuring 10 songs of poetry on love and longing from Kahlil Gibran and Rumi in English and Spanish.
On this album they are supported by a truly incredible line-up of world-renowned musicians who are each experts in their own field. Norwegian Jazz musician Nils Petter Molvær brings his world-acclaimed trumpet into the lush world of this album with such a gentle touch, it feels that it was made for this music. The double cello artistry of both Noah Hoffeld and Yoed Nir is a delight, with each of their individual styles evoking a range of musical expressions that carry you from song to song. Megan Gould`s violin and viola bring her signature touch of elegance and sweetness. And through it all, Benjamin Wittman`s steady, deeply moving percussion carries the music forward with a rhythm that you will feel deep inside of you.
And the weaving of this tapestry is artfully carried out by the skillful production of Jamshied Sharifi who also plays keyboards, bass, electric guitar, ukulele and tambour on this album.
Angelika Baumbach – vocals, piano, harp, harmonium, singing bowls
Markus Sieber – vocals, guitars
Benjamin Wittman – drums, percussion
Megan Gould – violin, viola
Karen Waltuch – viola
Noah Hoffeld – cello
Yoed Nir – electric cello
Nils Petter Molvær – trumpet
Jamshied Sharifi – keyboards, bass, electric guitar, ukulele, tambour, background vocals
About Mirabai Ceiba
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/pianist 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.
Together, Angelika and Markus have forged engaging new style of world devotional music blending Gurmukhi mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition with original songs in English and Spanish that reflect a Native American influence and also draw words of wisdom from Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak and Yogi Bhajan. Through exquisitely crafted recordings like their CD A Hundred Blessings, Mirabai Ceiba weave a beguiling tapestry from these diverse influence and sources. And that’s what the music feels like: a beneficent and abundant gift from the universe. In concert, they inspire all present to chant together in a spirit of compassionate love and Oneness.
Even 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 Angelica, “with roots deep in Mother Earth and branches extending far and wide into Father Sky.”