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Haiku Music Challenge 78

Welcome to the seventy-seventh iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.

Nozawa Bonchō was a haikai poet and disciple of Bashō who worked as a doctor in Kyoto. Later in life Bonchō distanced himself from Bashō’s school and was imprisoned for a crime. He died in 1714.

The long, long river

A single line
On the snowy plain

Twenty-one tracks were inspired by Nozawa Bonchō’s haiku, and here’s my selection for The Haiku Foundation:


Track: Endless River
Artist: Corine Bicadeideias
Genre: ambient

Corine Bicadeideias’s suggestive track seamlessly combines ambient and natural sounds with a subtle beat.

Track: The source of the huge river is the clear spring
Artist: Moray Newlands
Genre: ambient

Here’s a short, evocative soundscape created by electronic composer Moray Newlands.


Track: Il Lungo Addio
Artist: Estetiche dell’Alienazione
Genre: ambient

I really enjoyed this minimalist approach by Estetiche dell’Alienazione, a new member of our Haiku community.

Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be listening to music inspired by another haiku by Mukai Kyorai:

Chanting and humming
gongs immerse the green valley
in cool waves of air

The deadline to submit your track is 24 March. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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  1. Hi Jim. Is the idea to submit a haiku inspired by one of the sound tracts? If so, when do you publish the poems? BTW,
    the SDPA anthology is published and you have a poem in it. See You can download a free pdf and order a printed copy there. Happy Spring days.

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