Mirabai Ceiba is a husband and wife duo, Markus Sieber and Angelika Baumbach, known throughout the world for their incredible voices that expertly merge with the sweet sounds of their piano, guitar and harp to create magical music. Markus and Angelika’s newest release, Sacred Love Meditations, carries on this tradition. In this appropriately named CD, Mirabai Ceiba takes listeners on a journey of love and light that is both mesmerizing and elevating.
Mirabai Ceiba’s music is influenced by the couple’s international roots—Markus is German and Angelika was raised in Mexico—which brings a certain depth and delicacy that is hard to replicate. The duo has an unearthly ability to begin a song quietly and simply, yet within several minutes they build to an intensity that sometimes takes the listener by surprise.
The first track on this CD, “Ang Sang Wahe Guru – Touching Infinity,” is an example of this technique. If you aren’t paying attention you might miss the subtle entrance of each new instrument and the shifts in the singers’ voices that create an ethereal complexity, which then shifts back to simplicity at the very end. Simply delicious!
If there were a Billboard Top 10 Chart for yoga music, Sacred Love Meditations’ “Humee Hum – The Other is You” would surely be on it. This mantra has been featured as a Spirit Voyage 40-Day Sadhana and was chanted daily at 3HO’s Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration this year. The tune is catchy, the words bounce off the tongue, and it is a song that lodges into the brain. It is an expression of the First Aquarian Sutra: Remember that the Other is You.
“Mera Man Loche – Unconditional Love,” is a beautiful shabd, or poem, of love and devotion. While there are many recorded versions of this shabd, in Mirabai Ceiba’s interpretation of it Angelika’s voice infuses the poetry with pure magic. The listener can feel the passion of the words, originally written as letters between Guru Arjan and his father Guru Ram Das. Even if this isn’t a shabd you are familiar with, you’ll clearly understand its intent.
Two more beautiful mantras make appearances on Sacred Love Meditations: “Hum Dhum Har Har – Embracing Infinity” and “Wahe Guru – Connection and Intuition”. These are mantras that connect us with the infinite and open the heart. Both of these songs are excellent examples of Mirabai Ceiba’s skill at matching and melding their individual voices. These mantras are easy to meditate to, and they are both great songs to play if you’re looking for a spiritual boost.
The final track on this CD is a lullaby, “Blissful Night – Evening Prayer”. It will calm you down and send you to sweet dreams, whether at the end of your day or at the end of your yoga practice. It’s a beautiful finale to a very special new CD. With Sacred Love Meditations, Mirabai Ceiba has added yet another masterpiece to their repertoire of fantastic music. This is a CD that you will play again and again.