Release Date: 8 June 2010
The magic of a Mirabai Ceiba album is Angelika Baumbach and Markus Sieber's skillful ability of melding classic mantra with dreamy, ethnic-tinged arrangements that ebb and flow with peaceful serenity. As a result, their music is very meditative, putting the listener at ease and filling them with spiritual bliss. A HUNDRED BLESSINGS features the duo's layered vocals against low-key rhythm, cello, flute, piano, organ, accordion, harp and guitar. The album specifically focuses on showcasing the beauty of classic Gurmukhi mantras. The music is gentle in tone, with a tender sense of warmth and a touch of poetry in the lyrics, particularly in the title track (based on a verse from Rumi). Other highlights include "Ra Ma Da Sa," a light piece that blends hushed chant with cello and harp, and "Pavan Guru," which has a subtle Mediterranean slant.
A Hundred Blessings has been another incredible process of deepening Mirabai Ceiba’s creative relationship with the sound current of Gurmukhi mantras and spiritual poetry. Angelika Baumbach’s harp & piano and Markus Sieber’s guitars provide a musical foundation that perfectly supports the intimate marriage of their voices on this album. Their artistry flows through the album on a wind of rich creativity, musical depth, and sacred spirit. With a beautiful blend of mantras and songs, the album includes the prayers and mantras of Guru Nanak and Yogi Bhajan blended with the poetry of Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Mirabai Ceiba’s own gentle poems.
Angelika Baumbach (Sat Hari Kaur): vocals, harp, piano
Markus Sieber (Harimandir Singh): vocals, guitars
Benjamin Wittman: percussion
Cameron Stone: cello
Daphna Mor: recorders and ney
Arjuna Alan Bruggeman: tabla
Jamshied Sharifi: piano, pump organ, bass, accordion, electric guitar
Track Listing: A Hundred Blessings • Sa Ta Na Ma • Pavan Guru • Aadays Tisai Aadays • Ra Ma Da Sa • Joy Like Spring • Prithvi Hai • Gobinday • Despierta • Even As Night
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