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Haiku Music Challenge 33

Welcome to the thirty-third iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.

This is also our 300th Haiku Challenge overall. It feels like an incredible milestone and, looking back at how this project has been filling my life with new friends and music for the last 5 years, I’m grateful to all the artists who have helped me keep this project alive and inspiring. I hope this journey together has, and will, help them stay creative for a very long time.

For the occasion I chose this poem by Kobayashi Issa, an author I’ve learnt to appreciate over time, especially for his optimism: his poems were often lively and humorous, despite his life was marked by sorrow.

four, five, nine years

always the first to bloom . . .
cherry tree

Seventeen tracks were inspired by this poem, and below are three pieces which I particularly like:

Track: Four Five Nine Years
Artist: GHel Haiku
Genre: jazz, electronic

Track: first bloom
Artist: sevenism
Genre: ambient

Track: Always The First To Bloom
Artist: GLSmyth
Genre: classical

Thank you for listening. In two weeks we’ll be listening to music inspired by a haiku by Corine Timmer:

waterlily leaves

bobbing on the lake . . .


The deadline to submit your track is 23 October. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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