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The Naviar Haiku

"Naviar Haiku is a music project in which artists are invited to make new music inspired by a weekly assigned haiku poem. Participation is free and there are no limitations in the songs’ length or genre.

Haiku is a traditional and short form of Japanese poetry consisting of three lines: it’s about moments of objective experience which lead to deeper considerations about life and nature. The juxtaposition of two images or ideas and the consequent creation of a gap in the imagery gives the reader (or, in this case, the musician) the chance to complete the poem with his/her own interpretation.

This project is about expanding the meaning of a poem beyond its words, and the active role of the reader in haiku poetry, unique in the literary realm, is what inspired this project."

Since 2014 Naviar Records have uploaded a haiku each week. Artists have seven days to create an audio interpretation of the poem. In my view the nature of haiku make an ideal basis for soundsculpture. I was fortunate to come across this project right at the start and contributed to the first one. tourmaline hum, of which I am half, contributed to the 2nd, 3rd and 24th haiku and I was able to make time for contributions to numbers 006, 009 and 012.

Sadly almost two years passed until I found another opportunity to support this laudable project. However I managed to create a piece for haiku 131 and I hope to be able to take part again.

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