In Noh plays, there is a moment when the chorus chants the Michiyuki, or “travel song” describing the character’s travels. The vocals often include the place name and description of the setting as well as the events of the journey. In kyōgen, journeys and excursions are known as Michiyuki, with the performers usually reciting lines while circling the stage. After the Michiyuki, a line is included to indicate the character’s arrival at their destination, which is known as the tsuki-zerifu, or “arrival line.”

Playwright Erik Ehn has written 32 travel songs that are being disseminated throughout the musical community to be set to music.

Michiyuki: The Traveling Song Project

As the songs arrive from the composers, you’ll be able to listen to them here along with an invitation to the artistic community to download, remix, and share.

Participating Composers (so far)