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Haiku Music Challenge 16

Welcome to the sixteenth iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.

A poet who doesn’t need introduction, Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828) was one of Japan’s most prolific poets and is considered one of the four haiku masters in Japan, together with Bashō, Buson and Shiki. His real name was Kobayashi Yataro, but eventually took the pen name Issa, which means “cup of tea”.

waking from summer sleep —
moon gazing
on the levee

Naviar’s community responded with twenty-three compositions inspired by Issa’s haiku. Here are some of my favorites:

Track: The Bear
Artist: SityPhoxx
Genre: jazz

We start our selection with a soothing jazz piece by Australian composer SityPhoxx. Here the author plays all the instruments, which I think is impressive considering the rhythmic complexity and how the melodies of piano and sax are gracefully blended together.

Track: Dancing Lights, Dancing Shadows
Artist: DesuExSounds
Genre: ambient

This ambient piece by DesuExSounds starts from simple ambient layers and progresses until it becomes a full and immersive electronic composition.

Track: Moon Gazing
Artist: Corine Bicadeideias
Genre: electronic

Corine combined an upbeat rhytmic section with the more traditional koto, the national instrument of Japan. Koto (string instruments) are about 180 centimetres length, and made from kiri wood.

Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be posting music inspired by Masaoka Shiki’s haiku:

coolness —

a mountain stream splashes out

between houses

The deadline to submit your track is 1 May. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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  1. Thanks for choosing my track this week. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Participating in the challenges has been fun and interesting. I too enjoyed the music by composer SityPhoxx.

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