Naviar Records

Naviar Haiku

Naviar Haiku

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

Haiku poetry and music.

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.


To participate:

  • Visit Naviar Haiku blog and find the most recently assigned poem
  • Make music in response to the assigned haiku.
  • You can either upload the track on Soundcloud and send me privately the URL, or send me your composition directly via Dropbox
  • Include the assignment number in the title of your track, for example “Title of your track (naviarhaiku110)”


If you wish your composition to be included in Naviar’s podcasts, radio station and monthly publications, please set the track as downloadable on Soundcloud and allow others to remix it by using a Creative Commons License.


Click here if you wish to be added to the subscription list. If you have any questions: marco(at)naviarrecords(dot)com