Cover: Agua de Luna

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Mirabai Ceiba Announce Groundbreaking New Album: Agua de Luna

A deeply rooted sense of harmony with both nature and humanity pervades Agua de Luna, the eighth studio album from Mirabai Ceiba. Gossamer layers of gently plucked string instruments and stately piano arpeggios underscore some of the most gloriously poetic English and Spanish lyrical imagery yet to emerge from the globally-oriented, husband-and-wife duo of Markus Sieber and Angelika Baumbach.

“Agua de Luna represents a major turning point for Mirabai Ceiba,” says Sieber. “After ten wonderful years with Spirit Voyage Records, this is our first self-released and self-produced album. We decided to record it in the quiet atmosphere of our own home. I built a studio in a little cabin around the corner from our house in a beautiful valley near Durango, Colorado. This gave us the time and space to be really creative.”

The idyllic location seeped into the music. “We really felt close to the elements, close to nature,” says Baumbach. “And we wanted to express that. For example, the element of water appears in three of the songs.”

One of these is the album’s beatific title track, “Aqua de Luna.” Awash in evocative moonlit imagery, reverence for “agua divina”—divine water—it’s a mesmerizing soundscape woven with glistening strings and a gently tidal synth undertow. The couple’s sublimely nuanced instrumental mastery—Angelika on harp and piano, Markus on guitar, synth and the Latin American ronroco and charango—achieves new levels of empathy and expressiveness on this new album. And they are joined by a stellar cast of players that includes keyboardist Jamshied Sharifi, violinist Bogdan Djukic, flutist Charlie Garcia and drummer Miguel Hiroshi.

Another source of inspiration for the album came from Angelika’s Mexican heritage and the couple’s travels in Latin America.

“It’s a culture that always sets my heart on fire,” she says. “ So I’m very excited to open up and concentrate more on Latin America on this record—not only indigenous people, but with the purpose of connecting all people with each other. That’s what happens when we sing together. It can lead us to open our hearts and love each other. So it’s a way to counteract all the negativity that’s around these days. Coming together to create something of beauty is a true sign of our highest humanity.”

This ideal is powerfully expressed in another key album piece, “Dejemos Al Menos Cantos.” A musical setting of a 15th century lyric by the Mexican poet and pan-Latin folk hero Nezahualcoyotl, the track incorporates a jubilant group vocal recorded at a recent Sound and Silence gathering in Costa Rica. Mirabai Ceiba hosted a giant sing-along at the event, joined by their entire audience and festival co-headliners like Tina Malia, Brenda McMorrow and Jai Jagdeesh.

Spirituality continues to play a key role in Sieber and Baumbach’s life and music. But they’ve cast their net wider on Agua de Luna. While several songs incorporate mantras from diverse traditions, others are based more in introspective reflections and aspirations for a better world. From this emerges a recording of astounding beauty and visionary inspiration.

“In many ways, this is our most personal album,” Sieber says, “but at the same time it’s our most universal. Both those energies are present.”


On Agua de Luna, Mirabai Ceiba transcends their chant roots with an album combining ethereal moods, plangent, folkloric instrumentation and the voice of Angelika Baumbach, weaving a sylvan breath through her harp strings.
John Diliberto, Echoes Radio

1. Agua de Luna

lyrics by Angelika Baumbach

Angelika Baumbach – vocals
Markus Sieber – vocals, ronroco, charango, guitar, synth
Tina Malia – vocals
Jamshied Sharifi – piano
Miguel Hiroshi – percussion, glockenspiel

Agua de Luna

Bendita seas agua divina
nacida del vientre de la Madre Tierra
Bendita seas agua florida
bajando alegre por los caminos
Bendita seas agua divina
cantando tu canto de las mil voces
Bendita seas agua florida
dejando tu nombre de río en el mar
Agua de Luna purifica mi corazón
Agua de estrellas llena mis ojitos de luz

2. You Are a Song

lyrics by Angelika Baumbach

Angelika Baumbach – vocals, piano
Markus Sieber – vocals, guitars, ronroco, synth
Miguel Hiroshi – drums
Bogdan Djukic – violin

You are a song
a song resonating in my soul
a song that has been wished and longed for
a song that has been sung in every place
a song the spirit sings aloud

You are a flower
a little piece of life unfolding life
you dance about the sun and rain alike
you open up and all the beings shine
a flower blooming in my chest

Open your hands
if you want to be held
sit down here
this circle has always been here
Open your eyes
see this life
come near
we are holding each other here!

You are the wind
the unseen wind that makes the trees sing
the unseen dancer with the boundless wings
you whisper longing into my skin
I dance with you into the night

You are the night
you are the lover who holds me tight
you are the secret place where I take flight
between your folds I plant my dreams
I see your face and it is me

Open your hands
if you want to be held
sit down here
this circle has always been here
Open your eyes
see this life
come near
we are holding each other here

3. Dejemos al Menos Cantos

lyrics by Nezahualcoyotl

Angelika Baumbach – vocals, harp
Markus Sieber – vocals, guitars, synth, charango
Charly Garcia – flute
Yemanjo – trumpet
Miguel Hiroshi – drums

Choir:
Tina Malia, Brenda McMorrow, Jai Jagdeesh, Felicia Falck, Shivani Ma, Susie Ro, Darren Austin Hall, Lester Seal, Nispar Mohr, David Mages, Bogdan Djukic and the audience of Sound & Silence Costa Rica

Dejemos al menos Cantos

No acabarán mis flores
no cesarán mis cantos
Yo cantor, los elevo
se reparten, se esparcen
Aún las flores se marchitan
Serán llevadas allá
al interior de la casa
del ave de las plumas de oro

Dejemos al menos cantos!
Dejemos al menos flores!

4. We Are the Mirror

lyrics based on Rumi

Angelika Baumbach – vocals, piano, harmonium
Markus Sieber – vocals, guitar, synth, additional percussion
Bogdan Djukic – violin
Yoed Nir – cello
Miguel Hiroshi – percussion, glockenspiel

Humee Hum
Brahm Hum

We are the mirror, as well as the face in it
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity
We are the pain and what cures the pain, both
We are the cold sweet water and the jar that pours

5. Silence To Break

lyrics based on Rumi

Markus Sieber – vocals, guitar, synth, harmonica
Angelika Baumbach – vocals, additional piano
Jamshied Sharifi – piano
Miguel Hiroshi – drums

I will be waiting
for your silence to break
for your soul to shake
for your love to wake

6. Claro Lucero del Día

Canto de Ordeño: Lyrics & Music by Antonio Estevez

Angelika Baumbach – vocals
Markus Sieber – piano, organ, charango
Bogdan Djukic – violin

Estrella de la mañana
claro lucero del día
cómo no me despertaste
cuando se iba el alma mía

Nube de agua, nube de agua, nube de agua

Mañana por la mañana
cubre tu patio de flores
que me viene a visitar
la virgen de los Dolores

Mariposa, mariposa, mariposa

Allá arriba en aquel alto
tengo un pozo de estrellas
donde se lava la virgen
la carita, la carita y los pies

Nube de agua, nube de agua, nube de agua

Estrella
claro lucero del día
cómo no me despertaste
cuando se iba el alma mía
Mariposa, mariposa, mariposa

7. El Río

lyrics Angelika Baumbach

Angelika Baumbach – vocals, piano, harp
Markus Sieber – vocals, synth, additional piano, bass
Yoed Nir – cello

Atrás quedaron nuestros sueños y nuestros pensamientos
el viento se los llevó
Solos quedamos
El río llevándonos a través
de la historia del tiempo
Las mudas y eternas paredes…
Nuestra vida es un respiro!

El río es igual afuera y adentro
Lentamente sin vacilar
Se abre camino hacia la eternidad

Solo para cantar sus mil melodías
Solo para danzar sus mil danzas

8. Heart Of Perfect Wisdom

(Prajna Paramita)
Buddhist Mantra

Angelika Baumbach – vocals, harp, harmonium
Markus Sieber – vocals, piano, synth
Bogdan Djukic – violin
Jamshied Sharifi – Prophet 5

Gate Gate Para Gate
Para Sam gate Bodhi Savha

Gone, Gone, Gone beyond Gone utterly beyond. Oh what an Awakening.

9. Luz De La Mañana

lyrics Angelika Baumbach & Markus Sieber

Angelika Baumbach – vocals, piano
Markus Sieber – charango, ronroco, glockenspiel, synth, harmonica

La luz de la mañana
se espejea
en la niebla
levantando del bosque

Las gotas de rocío
tiemblan con el viento
como mis lágrimas
y se van con el sol

Abro los sentidos
respiro con la vida
dejando atrás
los dolores de la noche

Angelika Baumbach – vocals, harp, piano, harmonium
Markus Sieber – vocals, guitars, charango, ronroco, synths, piano, harmonica, percussion

Bogdan Djukic – violin
Yoed Nir – cello
Jamshied Sharifi – piano
Miguel Hiroshi – percussion, drums
Tina Malia – vocals
Yemanjo – trumpet
Charly Garcia – flute

Choir in ‘Dejemos al Menos Cantos’:
Tina Malia, Brenda McMorrow, Jai Jagdeesh, Felicia Falck, Shivani Ma, Susie Ro, Darren Austin Hall, Lester Seal, Nispar Mohr, David Mages, Bogdan Djukic

Audience choir of Sound & Silence Costa Rica in ‘Dejemos al Menos Cantos’ recorded by Drew LaPlante


Music written by Angelika Baumbach and Markus Sieber
except Claro Lucero Del Día (Canto de Ordeño) by Antonio Estevez

Recorded by Markus Sieber at Hidden Valley Studio, Durango, Colorado
Additional Recordings by Markus Sieber in Studio Tulum, Yoed Nir in Tel Aviv, Miguel Hiroshi in Madrid, Yemanjo in Lake Atitlán, Chas Eller in San Pancho, Markus Sieber in Puerta a la Vida, Costa Rica, Tina Malia in EcoVilla, Costa Rica.

Mixed & Mastered by Moshik Kop at NXNE studios, London

Artwork by Prana projects & Psydoc Film

Produced by Markus Sieber