Anima are a UK based duo comprising of producer/ composer/ instrumentalist Ali Calderwood and vocalist/ songwriter Daniela Broder. As independent artists and a duo, Anima have forged an engaging new style of world / new age / sacred music blending meditative and rich soundscapes, ethereal, nurturing vocals, medicine songs, sacred sounds and a variety of world instruments and healing frequencies. Through exquisitely crafted recordings, Anima weave alluring tapestries of sound and vibration that touch the heart and soul, moving the listener into deep states of stillness, peace and presence.
Ali and Daniela have both spent considerable time living with indigenous elders and teachers, studying ancient ways of ceremony, spirit medicine, yoga and the use of sacred sound. Anima is a word found in various languages and cultures, and means soul, breath, air, life force and feminine spirit energy. It is this sacred energy of the Great Mother that inspires the work with sound and music, and how they live their lives.
“The precious time that we have spent immersed within the indigenous ways of life and their living connection to the world of spirit, has deeply enriched our lives, and reawakened our natural ability to connect and work with the healing energies of Nature. It’s this connection that is imbued within the music that we create, and infuses it with a kind of magnetic quality that affects and touches people, and brings about healing experiences that our music is known for."
Ali began producing music under the name Anima in 2004, releasing his debut album “Celestial Baptism”, and later, “Star Ancestory”. The same year, Ali and Daniela met in Bath, Somerset and shared time in retreat in the mountains of Wales and Scotland. The following year while individually travelling in Mexico, they reconnected and began performing music together, and later while living in the Amazon of Peru and the Andes of Bolivia, recorded their first joint album “Lemuria Emerging”.
Anima have now released 15 titles, including the compilation album “Light” published by New World Music, and 2 compilation SACD's released in Japan.
Anima currently live in the Highlands of Scotland, in a remote location which is totally off grid. Energy for creating music is provided by Nature through renewable energy sources, and food is grown on the land in harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles. Anima is now not only a music group, but encompasses a close-knit community of souls who have come together to work in service to the Great Mother, to honour the Earth and live in alignment with the original and sacred ways.
To find out more about Ali and Daniela and the healing work they offer,
visit Anima's sister site www.alunahealing.co.uk