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Haiku Music Challenge 37

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

a traveler

Fifteen tracks were made in response to Santoka’s poem, and below are the three compositions I selected this week:

Track: reflection
Artist: oxebe
Genre: ambient

Track: A Traveler
Artist: Ghel Haiku
Genre: electronic

Track: Sunstream
Artist: Tuonela
Genre: drone

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

all alone

The deadline to submit your track is 13 November. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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