Haiku2Music alias H2M
POETRIO is a music ensemble from Slovenia caring and exploring the special bond between music and poetry. Until recently they were mainly exploring Slovenian poetry, putting to music several contemporary Slovenian poets (Barbara Motoh Bracanov, Alenka Rebula, MEF; etc) whose poetry carried a deeper meaning which could be expressed through music. Their newest project is very special – exploring the bond between Haiku poetry and music. Although Haiku poems seem simple on surface – “a number of words scribbled without apparent connection” it is at the same time also very complex, as the thoughts and meaning of the poet are expressed in just a few words. The excitement to try to mirror the mood, colours, message and meaning of each haiku poetry into music was immense.
Myri-alias eM De Fer, composer, chose very special haiku poetry, written by her late friend, poet and artist Nenad Burgić in Serbian language. Nenad Burgić (tragically died in 1990) was an economist, career diplomat and artist. Art played an important role in Nenad’s life, especially after returning from Japan where among other things he also mastered calligraphy which later became one of his fascinations and important means of expression. His special love for calligraphy and its meanings can also be felt in his haiku. His book »Closed (but once it is opened) Open book« consisting of 106 haikus was published in 1979.
Among all of them, the composer Myri chose 10 haiku poems of which 9 depict nature (natural phenomena or nature), while the 10th actually enables each of us to experience these (better). The 10th is Haiku poem SHOES:
They never walk alone
Yet know so many paths
My old shoes
Myri’s music mirroring the poet’s mood is expressed through carefully composed short compositions combining elements of classical music, improvisation thus enabling each performer to add their own feeling and mood and Balkan melos and rhythm creating ambiental atmosphere as the words of Haiku poetry are sung.
P O E T R I O:
Myri-glasba, vokal& klavir (music, vocal&piano)
Mary Agnes-violončelo (violoncello)