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Oct 06 2018, 10:00 – 22:30

The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street , N16 9ES London


The third edition of the Naviar Haiku Fest, a day event exploring the relationship between music and haiku poetry, comes back to London for the second time after our first show in October last year.

We’ll start the event with an introductory workshop to haiku, a traditional short form of Japanese poetry. In the afternoon there will be a series of talks and panel discussions focused on creativity, ‘arts-meets-science’ and more.

The Haiku Fest will end with a series of live performances by members and friends of Naviar Records, working in the fields of ambient, electronic and contemporary classical music.


10 – 1pm: haiku workshop

In the morning we’ll learn the history of haiku, the rules for writing one and its structure, how to add a kigo (seasonal reference) and Kireji (cutting word). We’ll also read and analyze some of the most famous haiku and haibun. At the end of the workshop, participants will have time to write their own poems.

2 – 5pm: creative talks

Listen to the stories of artists and artistic projects focused on studying the boundaries between art forms, exploring the role of technology in the artistic process and the new opportunities for creatives.
Confirmed programme:


Haiku 2.0

2 – 3pm

A conversation with poet Kala Ramesh and entrepreneur Dhru Karwa on the evolution of haiku and the impact of technology on this form of traditional Japanese poetry.


Kala Ramesh

A poet and editor, Kala Ramesh writes and teaches haiku, tanka, haibun and renku to children, undergrads and senior citizens. Kala is Editor at Under the Basho (USA), Cattails (USA), World Haiku Review (UK) and is part of the editorial team of Living Haiku Anthology and Living Senryu Anthology (USA).

Dhru Karwa

Dhrupad Karwa (Dhru) is the 26-year-old co-founder and CEO of HaikuJAM, a mobile app for writing haiku with people around the world. HaikuJAM aims to provide smartphone users with a tool for creative expression, meaningful connection and stress-relief: a stimulating, interactive and nourishing experience.

The app is used in over 100 languages, and has been profiled in Forbes, The New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and many other international media outlets. Alongside the app, HaikuJAM runs events around the world and has attracted audiences as large as 3000 people.




5.30 – 6.30pm: dj set

7 – 10.30pm: live performances

Confirmed artists:

Simon McCorry

Simon is a cellist & composer based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. After playing in several bands as a bass player in the 90s he started making music and sound design for theatre, contemporary dance and film. He has worked with visual artists creating soundscapes for installations and exhibitions, defining space and feeling with sound. Also releases work as ‘amonism’ combining influences of modern classical, free improvisation with electronics & field recording.


halF unusuaL

According to Jane Reichhold, the ‘hai’ part of ‘haiku’ translates to ‘joke’, ‘fun’, or ‘unusual’. halF unusuaL is Darren Bourne, whose musical career to date has included international sound engineering, production, performing and writing credits across a variety of genres and platforms from pop to film music and sound design to contemporary dance and theatre. His current obsessions are chance and the boundary between music and non-music.


ikjoyce makes electronic ambient and drone music using modular synthesis to explore themes of nature, space, isolation, man/machine interaction, and the borders of the sleep/wake cycle.

Audio Obscura

Audio Obscura performs Lap-top based electronics for the ears, haunting the wide spectrum’s of electro-acoustic music with a firm footing in the ambient realm. The sound also strays towards the experimental; musique concrète, idm with post-classical minimal leanings occasionally push through.

Neil has summed up the Audio Obscura sound as thus;
“Light is, to the camera obscura, as sound is to Audio Obscura”

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