Naviar Records

Naviar Haiku

“Mountain-rose petals
Falling, falling, falling now…
Waterfall music”
(Matsuo Bashō)

Haiku poetry and music.

The Naviar Haiku music challenge invites artists to make music in response to 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.

To participate:

  • Visit Naviar Haiku blog and find the most recent challenge.

  • Make music in response to the assigned haiku.

  • When choosing a title for your piece also include the assignment number, for example “Title of your track (naviarhaiku110)”

To submit your track:

    • If you’re a Soundcloud user, upload it on Soundcloud and send me the URL via private message, or tag me in the track.

    • If you upload your music on Youtube, Bandcamp or anywhere else, upload your submission and then send me the link by email at or contact me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

    • If you don’t use any music platform, upload it to this Dropbox folder and I’ll include it in the weekly playlist. If you choose this option, make sure you include your name in the track’s title.

If you want to be included in Naviar’s podcasts and monthly compilations, please set the track as downloadable and allow others to remix it by using a Creative Commons License.