9 DEATH HAIKU

by Kono Michi

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released June 1, 2009

Vocals, violin, viola, keys, cardboard tubes and electronics performed by Kono Michi. Percussion on tracks 1-8 performed by Satoshi Takeishi. Cello on tracks 6-8 performed by Susan Babini.

All music composed by Kono Michi except "I Borrow Moonlight", composed by Kono Michi / George Gershwin. All songs arranged, recorded, produced and mixed by Kono Michi in Brooklyn, NY.

All songs mastered by Roman Vail at Joe Lambert Mastering in Brooklyn, NY. Album design by Bridget Fitzgerald. Japanese calligraphy ("Kono Michi" meaning "This Path" or "This Way") by Kono Michi's great-aunt Miwako Sato. English translations from the book Japanese Death Poems by Yoel Hoffman, published by Tuttle Publishing.

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Track Name: Cherry Blossoms
"How leisurely the cherry blossoms bloom this year,
unhurried by their doom."
KIN'U - Died on the second day of the third month, 1817 at the age of sixty-two.
Track Name: I Borrow Moonlight
"I borrow moonlight for this journey of a million miles."
SAIKAKU - Died on the eighth day of the eighth month, 1730 at the age of seventy.
Track Name: Vanish
"Like dewdrops on a lotus leaf I vanish."
SENRYU - Died on the second day of the sixth month, 1827.
Track Name: Summer Clothes
"Today I put on summer clothes and journey to a world I haven't seen yet."
MICHIKAZE - Died on the fourth day of the fourth month, 1709 at the age of sixty-nine.
Track Name: World Of Dew
"The night I understood this is a world of dew, I woke up from my sleep."
RETSUZAN - Died on the twenty-fifth day of the eighth month, 1826 at the age of thirty-seven.
Track Name: Child
"I thought to live two centuries or three, yet here comes death to me, a child just eighty-five years old."
HANABUSA IKKEI - Died in 1843
Track Name: Beneath A Wine Barrel
"Bury me when I die beneath a wine barrel in a tavern. With luck the cask will leak."
MORIYA SEN'AN - Died in 1838
Track Name: Festival Of Souls
"Festival of souls: yesterday I hosted them, today I am a guest..."
SOFU - Died on the twentyfourth day of May, 1891 at the age of sixty.
Track Name: Capital Of Non-Action
"My one wish is to live in the capital of non-action."
KIBAI - Died on the twelfth day of the second month, 1788 at the age of seventy.