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Concert in San Francisco, September 21 at Old First Church

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 creating solo, cross-cultural new music, diligently merging the threads of Watazumi, Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix.  This results in an expressive style of woodwind performance that can be called hermit blues, bamboo gospel, or rustic avant-garde.  Boots is a relentless pioneer, recovering perfectionist and erstwhile band leader who aims to be a fun-loving, professional woodwind wizard and inspiring performer, 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/hotchiku) shakuhachi and its baritone brother, Taimu.

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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

Bamboo Rising
(2018)

Holy Flute
(2017)

Mountain Hermit’s
Secret Wisdom (2013)

Mukyoku: Pieces for
Taimu (2010)

Imagination Lost
(2011)

Tooth & Claw
(2007)

Agrippa’s 3 Books
(2005)

Occidental Hygiene
(2001)

sabbaticus rex
(2009)

sabbaticus rex II
(2012)

Robot Music
(1999)

New Series One
(1996)

Faun Tumnus
(1997-1999)

Smelting & Refining
(2000)

Big Crumbs
(1987-2006)

Hymns for Christmas
(2012)

Unreleased Masterworks
(2017)

Gods Help Us All
(1999)

O Mysterium
(1999)

Live at Old First Church, October 6, 2006

Flattus: the MAC 4
(1994-1996)

Flattus: amuse yourself
(1997)

Doctor Mongrol
(2005)

Electric Funeral
single (2012)

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