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Haiku Music Challenge 86

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

One of the four great masters of Japanese haiku and by far the most prolific, Kobayashi Issa wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun.

watching the whiteness

of summer kimonos . . .

Sumida River

Thirteen tracks were made in response to Issa’s haiku, and here’s my selection for The Haiku Foundation:


Track: Watching The Sumida
Artist: Adrian Lane
Genre: classical

The latest entry by composer Adrian Lane is an evocative and mesmerizing classical piece.

Track: Watching The Whiteness
Artist: Night Note
Genre: ambient

Here’s a haunting ambient composition by Night Note. A perfect fit for Issa’s haiku.

Track: Sumida River Kimonos
Artist: Ed Mundio
Genre: electronic

The last piece of the week is an immersive soundscape by Australian artist Ed Mundio.

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

Many solemn nights

Blond moon, we stand and marvel . . .
Sleeping our noons away.

The deadline to submit your track is 19 August. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.

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