Studio welcomes this collaborative album from Glenn Sogge and friends Tuonela, synkotron, sevenism, grüm~pé and Boson Spin.
Glenn Sogge writes:
This piece grew out of one the Renku challenges initiated by Naviar Records. Similar to their weekly Haiku challenge, composers were challenged to create a piece of music inspired by a poem. Renku are collaborative poems; the music was to be a collaboration, too.
In the other Renku challenges, I collaborated with a single artist. For this poem, #10 in the list of challenges, I created a base track for each line of the poem which was then elaborated upon by a different collaborator. -- six collaborators on 3 continents. I am pleased that Tuonela, synkrotron, sevenism, grüm~pé , and Boson Spin (all of whom I had collaborated with elsewhere) agreed to participate in this multi-collaboration.
About the poem, from the challenge site at
Trying to enwrap
Momentarily fails --
A winter shower.
Jane Reichhold described how this collaborative poem was created:
“A Winter Shower” was written early in the winter of 1684. Basho was then staying in Nagayo, and some local poets, who knew his reputation in Edo, composed several renku under his guidance. In the case of “A Winter Shower”, five amateur poets joined Bashoo in the making. They were a rice dealer, Tsuboi Tokoku; a lumber merchant Katoo Juugo, a textile retailer, Okada Yasui, a physician, Yamamoto Kakei, and a man named Koike Shoohei of whom little is known. They were all relatively young and still obscure. Basho, then about forty, was clearly the leader, and his taste and inclinations pervaded the poem.
I would like to thank Marco Sebastiano Alessi for Naviar Records' many projects and support over the years.