Welcome to the thirty-seventh iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.
A wandering poet and ascetic Zen priest, Santōka was a disciple of Ogiwara Seisensui, one of the first poets to discard the traditional use of the 5-7-5 structure in haiku.
Santōka’s poetry emphasizes the necessity of sabi (solitude) in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment and serenity.
in the water
Fifteen tracks were made in response to Santoka’s poem, and below are the three compositions I selected this week:
Track: A Traveler
Artist: Ghel Haiku
Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be listening to music inspired by a haiku by Santoka’s teacher, Ogiwara Seisensui:
Walking the sky
a clear moon
The deadline to submit your track is 13 November. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.