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.