Angela Baumbach & Markus Sieber met in Scotland at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2001. They found a deep connection in the expression of their music, and in the practice of Kundalini Yoga, and now perform together as Mirabai.
In 2001 their eyes touched in the crowd at a street fair in Edinburgh, Scotland and their love took hold of them. Together they created Mirabai Ceiba, expressing their hearts through music and sacred chant.
There is something magical about the combination of Angelika Baumbach and Markus Sieber. Their voices and skillful dance with their instruments is so authentic and pure that you feel the sacred sound current in such a precise way that your heartbeat begins to beat with the rhythm and your blood flows with the melody of their song.
A concert with Mirabai Ceiba is uplifting, purifying, inspiring and altogether powerful.. With deep, rich journeys into the sound that is lush, earthy and otherworldly, you will travel your inner universe through their music. Their incredible vocals are accompanied by Angelika's harp and Markus' guitar to stunning effect. Ancient Gurmukhi Mantra's, sacred chants and songs of spiritual poetry by Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Kabir and their own lyrics blend in a unique way towards the One.
"Let's come together to celebrate the rising consciousness in our hearts. May we discover the music and our voices by singing and vibrating these powerful mantras".
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 the Sikh mantras. When she was 15, she started singing with the Mexican world music group "Cielo y Tierra", which released one of their albums in 1992 with Warner Bros music.
The cycle with "Cielo y Tierra" ended, giving her the opportunity to start making her own music in which she was influenced by the music scene in Tepoztlan, a little Mexican town where a lot of musicians and artists live. She learned how to play the harp, recorded and produced a first album, and travelled for concerts throughout Europe where she met the actor and musician Markus Sieber at a theater festival in Edinburgh in 2001.
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 travelled giving concerts in Germany, Poland and Russia. When the group split up, he studied acting in Berlin and St. Petersburg, leading to several acting roles in German theaters and movies.
The mixture between different cultures and the mutual sharing of a vision and a path opened up a new musical dimension for them. When they are not touring, they live with their daughters, Alina and Pema, in Colorado, USA.
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