Ocean, CD by Mirabai Ceiba

Ocean’s songs and chants carry you on a gentle tide of harp, acoustic guitar, cello, bansuri flute, tablas and the delicate interweaving of Gurmukhi mantra with English, and Spanish lyrics. Mirabai Ceiba is a partnership between Angelika Baumbach and Markus Sieber, whose perfect union is revealed as they weave in and out of their songs with the lightest of touches. Angelika’s crystalline voice floats above the music as she plucks delicately on her harp. Markus plays acoustic guitar with a bright Spanish style, and his gentle voice adds a rich depth to the music. Thomas Barquee’s expert production showcases their music in this album that is the perfect companion for yoga, relaxation, meditation and healing.

Mirabai Ceiba is a musical project created by Angelika Baumbach from Mexico (vocal and harp) and Markus Sieber from Germany (vocal and guitar). They perform a compilation of original songs in Spanish as well as newly arranged chants from different traditions of the world. The name Mirabai Ceiba expresses the influences of both India and Native Latin America. The Ceiba is the sacred tree of Latin America, where these trees are never cut but are allowed to grow very tall. "We wish our music could be like that kind of tree, with roots deep in the Mother Earth and branches extending wide into Father Sky. Mirabai is for us the wandering, the devotion, the inspiration in all the different aspects of divinity."

Angelika Baumbach, daughter of a Mexican mother and a German father, was born in 1977 in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in a little village near Mexico City. As a child, she was influenced by the music and singing of Sikh mantras. When she was 15, she started singing with the Mexican world music group "Cielo y Tierra", which released an album in 1992 (Warner Bros. Music). Influenced by the music scene in Tepoztlan, a little Mexican town known for its musicians and artists, she learned how to play the harp and recorded and produced her first solo album. On a European tour she met the actor and musician Markus Sieber at the Fringe Music and Theater Festival in Edinburgh in 2001, and Mirabai Ceiba was born.

Markus Sieber was born in 1974 and grew up in East Germany. After the union of Germany in 1990, he founded the rock band Ponyboy Curtis and performed concerts in Germany, Poland and Russia. When the group split up, he studied acting in Berlin and St. Petersburg, leading him to several parts in German theater and movies. When he met Angelika, he rediscovered music in a new way.

The mixture between the Mexican and European view of music opened up a new space for them. Since then Angelika and Markus have traveled together as Mirabai Ceiba giving concerts and workshops ("The Voice, Expression of the Soul") in Europe, the United States and Latin America. They live with their daughter near Mexico City.



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