Between the Shores of Our Souls by Mirabai Ceiba
A true musical love-affair, this album features the enchanting interplay of the vocals of this duo, evoking the perfect balance of yin and yang, masculine and feminine in every note. Angelika`s lilting song-bird voice is wrapped in the warmth of Markus` gentle melodies.
Special Guest: Nils Petter Molvær
You feel Mirabai Ceiba`s album move through your body like inhaling a sea breeze before you consciously hear it with your ears.
Their newest release Between the Shores of Our Souls is a daring new direction for the band, featuring 10 songs of poetry on love and longing from Kahlil Gibran and Rumi in English and Spanish.
On this album they are supported by a truly incredible line-up of world-renowned musicians who are each experts in their own field. Norwegian Jazz musician Nils Petter Molvær brings his world-acclaimed trumpet into the lush world of this album with such a gentle touch, it feels that it was made for this music. The double cello artistry of both Noah Hoffeld and Yoed Nir is a delight, with each of their individual styles evoking a range of musical expressions that carry you from song to song. Megan Gould`s violin and viola bring her signature touch of elegance and sweetness. And through it all, Benjamin Wittman`s steady, deeply moving percussion carries the music forward with a rhythm that you will feel deep inside of you.
And the weaving of this tapestry is artfully carried out by the skillful production of Jamshied Sharifi who also plays keyboards, bass, electric guitar, ukulele and tambour on this album.
Angelika Baumbach – vocals, piano, harp, harmonium, singing bowls
Markus Sieber – vocals, guitars
Benjamin Wittman – drums, percussion
Megan Gould – violin, viola
Karen Waltuch – viola
Noah Hoffeld – cello
Yoed Nir – electric cello
Nils Petter Molvær – trumpet
Jamshied Sharifi – keyboards, bass, electric guitar, ukulele, tambour, background vocals
CD REVIEW: BETWEEN THE SHORES OF OUR SOULS
by Alan di Perna
Between the Shores of Our Souls is an album that enfolds you in a beautiful dream. Delicately wrought of shimmering sonic textures and soft, beguiling vocals, it is a dream woven from the eternal heart-play of divine love and romantic love. This intimate musical and lyrical space is a world well known to Mirabai Ceiba’s Markus Sieber and Angelika Baumbach, longtime lovers, partners in music, poetry, life and the shared path of the spirit.
Subtitled Songs of Love and Longing, the album draws from the divine poetry of Rumi and Khalil Gibran, two masters of a long literary tradition that takes the burning desire of earthly love as a metaphor for profound spiritual devotion, and vice versa. To this, Markus and Angelika add their own inspired lyrics in English and Spanish, not to mention their own distinctive musical sensibility.
Mirabai Ceiba brings something unique and entrancing to world devotional music—a sepia-toned European aesthetic. Between the Shores of Our Souls is bathed in a soft-hued aura of cinematic romance, tempered by a kind of Nick Drake/rainy afternoon introspection and the hazy impressionism of the Cocteau Twins, albeit rendered on acoustic instruments. For this is very much an acoustic album. A pristine recording by Chas Eller and Jamshied Sharifi puts you in a realm of the senses where you can palpably feel the gossamer touch of Angelika’s fingers on her harp and piano, the plangent depths of Markus’ guitar, the hushed rustle of the string quartet that embellishes many tracks. Through it all, Markus and Angelika alternate lead vocals like lovers playing a game of hearts. But the game grows most glorious when the duo’s voices twine in sweet octaves and harmonies.
Between the Shores of Our Souls is an album that is universal in its appeal, with enormous potential to transcend the “yoga music” market. For it speaks not of abstract spiritual concepts or exotic deities, but simply of love—something which resonates deeply in all our hearts. This is an album that whispers gently in your ear, a disc to spend some quiet time with either a loved one or alone with your own yearning heart. The dream it weaves will stay with you long after the last languid, hypnotic notes fade into the ether.
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