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Haiku Music Challenge 84

Welcome to the eighty-fourth iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.

Arii Shokyu-Ni was a haiku poetess during the Edo period who began a wandering life after running away from her husband at 29 with the haiku poet Kohaku. Just like Matsuo Basho, “the Nun Shokyu” traveled to to the Deep North of Japan.

having a dream

is part of the job . . .

rain in spring

Eleven tracks were made in response to Arii Shokyu-Ni’s haiku, and here’s my selection for The Haiku Foundation:


Track: aftermath
Artist: vheissu77
Genre: ambient

vheissu77 just joined our community, and this evocative ambient piece is his first response to the Haiku Music Challenge.

Track: Rain In Spring
Artist: ikjoyce
Genre: piano

Here’s a beautiful and delicate piano improvisation by ikjoyce.


Track: Raindream
Artist: Tuonela
Genre: drone

Tuonela’s track of the week is a hypnotic soundscape that evolves gradually and takes the listener on a journey into the subconscious.

Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be selecting music inspired by Hattori Ransetsu:

In stony moonlight
hills and fields on every side
white and bald as eggs . . .

The deadline to submit your track is 5 August. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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