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Cornelius Boots Black and White Photo in Prague 2016
Photo by Roman Lutkov,  2016

About Cornelius Boots

Cornelius Boots is a woodwind composer-performer, bamboo shakuhachi master, breathing ambassador and educator.  Active internationally since 1990, his love affair with reeds and bamboo began at age 9.  He is currently exploring and creating elemental nature hymns & anthems through a completely unique style of advanced, expressive woodwind performance that can be called rustic classical or bamboo gospel.  Boots is a relentless pioneer and recovering perfectionist who aims to be a fun-loving, professional woodwind wizard, contributing to the repertoire and evolution of certain woodwinds, first bass clarinet (1994-2015), and now shakuhachi (2001-present).  

A top student of Grandmaster Michael Chikuzen Gould, Cornelius’ shakuhachi name is 深禅 (Shinzen) deep Zen and he is a licensed shihan (master) in the dynamic Zen lineage of Watazumido.  After a 30-year career of high-caliber jazz, classical, rock and experimental music activities on multiple woodwinds (including three music degrees from the renowned Jacobs School of Music, BM Clarinet ’97, BS Audio ’97, MM Jazz Studies ’99), Boots has now positioned himself at the crossroads of personal expression and divine revelation and only plays bamboo (jinashi) shakuhachi and its baritone brother, Taimu.

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Edmund Welles

About Edmund Welles

Edmund Welles has had the distinction of being the world’s only original, composing band of four bass clarinetists, performing “heavy chamber music.” Cornelius Boots is the founder and principal composer of this former group. While the performing days of the group are over, material remains to be released. Sign up on Cornelius’ newsletter list to be alerted to future releases.

The bass clarinet has a 5 octave range and a huge span of tonal, melodic, and rhythmic capabilities…

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Discography

Holy Flute
(2017)

Mountain Hermit’s
Secret Wisdom (2013)

Mukyoku: Pieces for
Taimu (2010)

sabbaticus rex II
(2012)

Imagination Lost
(2011)

Tooth & Claw
(2007)

Agrippa’s 3 Books
(2005)

sabbaticus rex
(2009)

Occidental Hygiene
(2001)

Robot Music
(1999)

Big Crumbs
(1987-2006)

Hymns for Christmas
(2012)

Faun Tumnus
(1997-1999)

New Series One
(1996)

Smelting & Refining
(2000)

Doctor Mongrol
(2005)

O Mysterium
(1999)

Gods Help Us All
(1999)

Flattus: the MAC 4
(1994-1996)

Flattus: amuse yourself
(1997)

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