Innovative musicianship, depth and expressiveness are key elements to Cornelius’ bamboo shakuhachi performances. In addition to the respect, training and presentation of the Zen Buddhist repertoire (honkyoku 本曲), since 2007 Cornelius has been dedicated to creating new, high-level repertoire for solo shakuhachi and Taimu, the baritone brother of shakuhachi. This has pushed him beyond many limits–physical, ideological, and creational–of shakuhachi and woodwind composition and performance, and audiences always respond positively to this combination of dedication, energy and imagination.
Each concert is unique. But they all feature the hot breath of life turned into music. The distinction between experience and experiencer is dissolved, and a convergence of imagination, inspiration, visible and invisible forces takes place. Cornelius shepherds sounds, creates repertoire and dives deep into uncharted waters for this primary purpose. In addition to the highest level of musical and artistic innovation and professionalism, ease of scheduling, good communication, and adaptability can be expected.
Great American Music Hall, SF
Castro Theater, SF
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF
The Troubadour, LA
Steve Allen Theater, LA
El Rey Theater, LA
The Stone, NYC
Merkin Concert Hall, NYC
Gallery Cocoro, Karasuyama, Japan
Sekichou An, Tokyo
House of Blues, Chicago and San Diego
Old First Church, SF
Trinity Church, Berkeley
Berkeley City Club
Jacobs School of Music
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Pacifica Graduate Institute
University of Mississippi
University of Memphis
Southern Oregon University
Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto
The Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
Sanshin Temple Zendo
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Oakland Art Museum
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Types of Engagements
Trinity Church, Berkeley February 2015
Full Concert – St. Alban’s Church, Berkeley May 2017
University of Mississippi September 2014
He’s not just an amazing musician, he’s like a mystic with a tube in his face.
I have never so clearly felt the pure internal power of unamplified sound. Cornelius’ flutes are a revelation of the inner life of breath and an antidote to a world gone mad and breathless.
I felt the spectacular nature and the universe from your playing and I was able to know a Japan that I haven’t known. I felt the power that clears the human mind in your music.
His music hands down the hearts of the Japanese and spirits of Zen. His expressive power is super and unsurpassed. I was deeply moved.