MIRABAI CEIBA IS COMING BACK TO SOUTH FLORIDA
Markus, Angelika and Bogdan are returning to South Florida for the 6th year! We are blessed to have them back for more joyous chanting.
The music of Mirabai Ceiba draws the listener into a gossamer web of gently plucked strings, stately piano arpeggios, subtle vocal interplay and poetic lyricism. The sound is easy to love, but hard to categorize. It’s world music. It’s chamber music. It’s folkloric. It’s devotional. But it ultimately transcends any label you try to put on it—except for “beautiful.” In it, we hear the loving heart-play of two gifted musicians and singers—the husband-and-wife team of Markus Sieber and Angelika Baumbach. Together, they’ve created a series of acclaimed, exquisitely-realized studio albums and concert experiences that immerse listeners in a shimmering world of transcendent wonder.
Markus and Angelika come from different parts of the globe. He’s East German. She’s of Mexican and German heritage, born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in a small village near Mexico City. They met at a street fair during Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and quickly formed an alliance both romantic and musical. The name Mirabai Ceiba reflects the couple’s pan-global perspective. Mirabai (1490-1547) was a legendary Hindu devotional singer. The Ceiba is the sacred tree of Latin America.
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.
Mirabai Ceiba’s debut album, Flores, was released on Spirit Voyage Records in 2004. It announced the arrival of an inspired new musical fusion drawn from far-flung influences. Their artistry and renown have grown with each new album they’ve released. Ocean was named Best Vocal Album of 2008 by New Age Reporter. A Hundred Blessings (2010) received the years’ best honors from L.A. Yoga magazine. Mirabai Ceiba made it onto several international best-seller lists with 2011’s Awakened Earth. It was followed by Between The Shores Of Our Souls (2012), which made New Age Music World ’s Top 10 list, also claiming Best Vocal Album honors at the ZMR Awards. Their 2015 release, Sevati, reached number 1 in over 13 countries on the iTunes World Music charts. The group’s most recent album, Agua de Luna, represents a major turning point in Mirabai Ceiba’s career. Their first self-produced, self-released disc, it is also their broadest record in scope, with songs that are deeply introspective and others that are jubilantly universal. Superbly crafted, their artistry shines with newfound brilliance.
“Where language stops, music begins,” says Markus. “We go to Argentina and sing there, and two months later we’re in Amsterdam singing the same songs and people connect with them in a similar way. It’s truly beautiful and inspiring.”
“We wish to create this space where people can come to a quiet place inside themselves, where they can really listen,” Angelika adds. “Then the chanting or musical interaction becomes much deeper. We need to come from silence; any creation comes form a quiet space first—from nothing.”
“Their music comes from a pure space of love and devotion. It is soothing, peaceful, and very meditative.”
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