Welcome to the sixty-fifth iteration of the Haiku Music Challenge, hosted by Naviar Records.
Ryōkan Taigu was a Japanese poet and calligrapher who lived during the Edo period. A Buddhist monk who lived much of his life as a hermit, he spent most of his time writing poetry, calligraphy, and communing with nature. His poetry is often very simple and inspired by nature.
the surface of the water
like ornate silk
Twenty-four tracks were inspired by Ryōkan’s poem, and here are the ones I selected this week for The Haiku Foundation:
Track: like silk
Artist: Daniel Diaz
We start the selection with some Middle Eastern vibes: a deep and intriguing intrumental track by Daniel Diaz.
Track: rain on silk
Artist: earthborn visions
This evocative soundscape by earthborn visions made with guitars, loops and ambient textures, is a perfect fit for Ryōkan’s haiku.
Track: The Surface of the Water
Artist: Andrei G
And here’s a new participant to The Haiku Music Challenge. In his first entry, Andrei G carefully combines ambient elements and classical instruments. The result is a mesmerizing composition.
Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll be listening to music inspired by a haiku by Bill Kenney:
for the sparrow
The deadline to submit your track is 14 October. To find out more and participate, please visit the Naviar Records site.