October 6, 2019
SF War Memorial Veterans Building
Cornelius Boots & The Heavy Roots Shakuhachi Ensemble
New Ensemble Premiere! in the exquisite Green Room at 2:15 pm
SF Music Day at SF War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
12:00-6:00 • Free • 4 Stages • 30 Bay Area Ensembles • 115 Musicians
Hosted by InterMusicSF.org
Many many great ensembles are featured at this event, a few that I am personally very excited about:
Destiny Muhammed, duo B., Keyed Kontraptions, Living Earth Show, Richard Howell’s Love Supreme, Terrence Brewer, Trance Mission and Melford-Victor-Mezzacapa
October 8, 2019
California Jazz Conservatory, Berkeley
Way Out West Concert Series
Cornelius Boots: solo bamboo gospel, plus guests including
The Heavy Roots Shakuhachi Ensemble
Rendon Hall CJC Berkeley, CA
Ticket Link Here
7:30 pm – $10 student/$20 general
Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory
2040 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Great press on the new video in Paste Magazine written by Oktay Ege Kozak
Interview with Videogame People about last year’s Sony PlayStation E3 Performance
New Album Out Now!
Global Controversial Videogame Gig:
June 11, 2018 – Shakuhachi for Sony in L.A.
Article in the wake of the gig in the Japan Times
2018 International Performances
World Shakuhachi Festival 2018
August 1st-4th, 2018 in London
World Bamboo Congress 2018
August 14th-18th, 2018 in Xalapa, Mexico
August 7, 2019 — Birthday Show!
Center for New Music SF, CA
Boots’ Birthday Bash: 1st set solo, 2nd set collaborative episodes with guests on flutes and reeds.
“Celebrating 16 years in the Bay and 45 years on Earth, lifelong woodwind innovator Cornelius Boots invites you to his Birthday Bash at C4NM in SF on his actual birthday. There will be heavy Zen bamboo flutes (solo shakuhachi and Taimu/bass shakuhachi), a proto-Taimu ensemble premiere plus special guests joining in on Boots’ compositions PLUS doughnuts, dark tea and darker beer.”
July 20, 2019 – The Stone @ The New School Glass Box Theater
w/ Aaron Novik and Friends Ensemble
July 20, 2019 – Zen Center of Philadelphia 12:00-1:30
Shakuhachi and Honkokyu lecture/mediation/performance
July 19, 2019 – House Concert in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia
July 15, 2019 – Soapbox Gallery 636 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY
Details here; Facebook Event Page
June 1-2, 2019 – Berkeley World Music Festival
Sunday June 2, 6:00-7:00pm Moe’s Books Festival website
May 18, 2019 – Seventh Avenue Performances, San Francisco
Sacred Root album release show, solo with special guests
November 2, 2018
Red Poppy Arthouse in San Francisco
Presented by the Yoga Society of San Francisco.
September 21, 2018
Old First Church in San Francisco
Bamboo Rising Album Release Show!
Sunday – April 15, 2018 | 4PM San Francisco
Pacific Exchange (a concert from Thingamajigs)
Cornelius Boots (shakuhachi/Taimu), Sophia Shen (pipa), and Soo Yeon Lyuh (haegeum)
CB solo set, collective improvisation and moderated talk with artists to follow performance.
NOHspace (Theater of Yugen)
Brown Paper Tickets Link
Facebook Event Link
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Saturday, January 12, 2018 7:00 pm
This is a cool room: simple, but I suspect it will be perfect for what I am up to on the solo bamboo.
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. San Geronimo, CA 94963
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Monday, December 4, 2017 6:45 pm
Appearing once more in a “prelude” capacity for about 20 minutes leading up to the guest teacher of the evening, Mark Coleman.
Woodacre, CA 94973
Berkeley Rose Labyrinth
Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:00 pm
Sound Ceremony, Deep Listening Concert: solos and duos with Laura Inserra & Cornelius Boots
2138 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Sound and Savor with Chef Philip Gelb, Oakland, CA
October 14, 2017 7:00 pm
An amazing, limited seating dinner concert. It was 5 years since my last solo performance on this legendary series. Also, it happens to be pure vegan and very local. soundandsavor.com
Indiana University: World Music Lecture, Fine Arts Building
September 12, 2017 11:15-12:05 pm
Introduction to shakuhachi, Taimu, polystylistic woodwind adventures and meditation. Visiting Guest Lecture/Demo.
Summit Elementary School 4th Grade Class Presentation
September 11, 2017 9:10-9:55 am
Introduction to woodwind performance through shakuhachi and Taimu lecture and demonstration, including meditation.
The Abundance of Less: Book Event with author Andy Couturier
August 26, 2017 6:00-9:00pm
An incredible book about Japanese artists and free spirits, including a big bamboo brother Murata on the kyotaku. Thanks to Andy I visited Murata last year, see our little video together.
I will demonstrate some kyotaku-like bamboo playing with Taimu.
Event Link Information
Zen Shakuhachi: Music and Meditation with Cornelius Boots
Spirit Rock Meditation Center: Volunteer Appreciation Event
July 25, 2017 6:00-9:00pm
Performance, talk and meditation. In collaboration with Western Gate Tea Collective.
Garden of Memory Chapel of the Chimes Solstice Event
June 21, 2017 5:00-9:00
Many of the great Bay Area performers!
Berkeley World Music Festival
Sunday, June 11, 2017 2:30 – 3:30 pm
The Musical Offering 2430 Bancroft Way
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts 14th Annual Wabi-Sabi Exhibition
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 5:45-7:00pm
Mill Valley, CA
Holy Flute album release concert with Bazantar
May 13, 2017 6:30pm St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Albany, CA
HOLY FLUTE album release concert featuring Cornelius Boots and Mark Deutsch.
NEW MUSIC MYSTICS CONCERT SERIES. And celebrating the release of Holy Flute, my new album, and the completion of Mark’s epic box set the PICASSO TUNINGS. Bazantar music.
April 10, 2017 8pm Castro Theater, San Francisco
PARALLEL SPACES featuring the films of Jerome Hiler and music by Bonnie ‘ Prince’ Billy, the Bitchin Bajas and me (Cornelius Boots).
April 23, 2017 11-3pm Stinson Beach, Marin County
Create-with-Nature Earth Day Celebration
13th annual, FREE
Japan “Bamboo Traveler” trip –October 2016, more photos and videos to come, meanwhile:
HOLY FLUTE album funding campaign…thank you and it’ll be ready in March!
Japan Autumn 2016
October 22nd, 2-4pm
Gallery Cocoro, 10 minutes taxi ride from Karasuyama train station
October 29th, 4-5:30pm
At “SEKICHOU AN”
Link to location in Tokyo, Japan: (Mejiro and Ikebukuro stations are both walking distance) http://www.seibu-la.co.jp/mejiro-garden/access/
PDF Flier for this Event
Sunday September 18, 2016
Solo House Concert in Redwood City, CA
September 3, 2016
Turquoise Yantra Grotto, San Francisco
August 19, 2016
Guest with Faun Fables at The Starry Plough in Berkeley, CA
August 14, 2016
STUDIO GRAND, Oakland, CA
June 2-6, 2016
Featured Artist at the International Shakuhachi Festival Prague
“bamboo, castles and alchemy”
June 2 – 7:30 PM Choshi in the Courtyard of HAMU, big group performance
June 2 – 8:00 PM Opening Concert, various soloists
June 5 – 2:00 PM Facing Modernity: 7-hole shakuhachi, okraulo, Taimu and improvisation
June 5 – 5:30 PM Czech Composers for Japanese Instruments
June 5 – 10:00 PM Jazz and Improvisation, various players
June 6 – 7:30 PM Large ensemble pieces for shakuhachi, big group
Lectures & Workshops
June 3 – 1:30 PM Mukyoku Workshop
June 4 – 11:00 AM “Hands-on course” for beginners
June 5 – 11:00 AM Shak Rock: Evil or Divine (Third of three lecturers)
June 6 – 5:30 PM Shakuhachi Shortbits “Deep Ro: The Texture of Suchness” (Second)
April 2016, Radio Appearance:
A radio interview on KWMR, West Marin Community Radio, the show is “Pieces of Peace” hosted by Susan Santiago. [the quality is lo-fi due to it being a compressed mp3, so, adjust your expectations accordingly~]
$15-30 sliding scale 12 School St., #12E Fairfax Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday! a root-end bamboo flute solo concert with CORNELIUS BOOTS Zen shakuhachi flute master classical Buddhist nature hymns – sacred music – original compositions – progressive blues
February 26, 2016 Guest appearance with Arrington de Dionyso in Oakland at the Salt Lick (pictured below)
November 14, 2015
Solo Shakuhachi and Taimu Performance, Berkeley, CA Drawing on his 30-year musical career, woodwind master and breath wizard Cornelius Boots offers a Solo Concert featuring traditional Buddhist and nature songs as well as original composition and arrangements. Berkeley Rose Labyrinth 2138 Cedar Street Berkeley, CA 94709
November 6, 2015 The Dance Palace, Point Reyes, CA Milly Wandering plus special guest: Cornelius Boots part of the Locally Sourced Free Range Concert Series
October 22-25, 2015 Performances and presentation at the Science and Nonduality Conference in San Jose, CA “The Texture of Suchness: The Shakuhachi Flute of Zen Buddhism”
September 20, 2015 Art in Nature/The Nature of Art Festival 5th annual artist and performer gathering in Redwood Regional Park’s Stream Trail in Oakland, CA
June 5, 2015 Fat Flute First Fridays in Fairfax, Wu Wei Tea Temple Solo Taimu and jinashi shakuhachi performances, informal.
May 7, 2015 Bloomington High School North Bloomington, Indiana Solo shakuhachi and Taimu presentation/recital.
May 5, 2015 Sanshin Temple Zendo Bloomington, Indiana Solo shakuhachi and Taimu concert following the regular zazen period.
November 5, 2014 Cornelius Boots & Edmund Welles at University of Southern Oregon, “West Coast Bass Clarinet Takeover”
October 19, 2014 Shakuhachi Grandmaster Michael Chikuzen Gould with special guest Cornelius Shinzen Boots, Forte House in SF, 7pm
September 3, 2014 University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) 1:00 Breath & Tone class 7:30 Solo Recital (shakuhachi, Taimu, bass clarinet)
September 6, 2014 University of Memphis Clarinet Day hosted by Dr. Robyn Jones 9:00 Breath & Tone class 10:00 Artist Recital featuring Andre Dyachenko, Cornelius Boots and Dr. Robyn Jones
August 9, 2014, Mountain Hermit’s Secret Wisdom – CD Release Concert
July 30, 2014, Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Myth Program
June 12, 2014, Auburn Artwalk, 7:00 performance
April 26, 2014, Earthday at Stinson Beach
September 7, 2013 7:30 Doors, 8:00 Performance
Solo Shakuhachi and Taimu Performance, Berkeley, CA Drawing on his 30-year musical career, woodwind master and breath wizard Cornelius Boots offers a Solo Concert featuring traditional Buddhist and nature songs as well as original composition and arrangements.
Berkeley Rose Labyrinth Tickets 2138 Cedar Street Berkeley, CA 94709
July 24-28, 2013
Edmund Welles performs ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy and the 1st prize Composition Competition piece [“Invisible Orthodoxy” by C. Boots] premiered.
July 13, 2013
FLOAT gallery opening party: wander and play with pre-recorded material
July 6, 2013 “Breathe from the Heels”
The Japanese shakuhachi flute reflects the raw sound of nature and conjures primordial dream states. Spiritually and physiologically, esoteric monks played them as breath awareness, energy cultivation and ego-crushing tools since circa 800 C.E. Drawing on his 30-year musical career, woodwind master and breath wizard Cornelius Boots offers a peek behind the curtain into these “mysterious” practices…(see flyer for more information)
May 11, 2013 7:30 pm Berkeley, CA Solo Creative World Music at the Berkeley Rose Labyrinth Samavesha and Hearken Music present solos, duos and trios on ancient and modern instruments of sacred and unheard sounds. (this event sold out in March: if you are committed to attending, be advised to reserve on Eventbrite here)
Cornelius Boots: shakuhachi and taimu shakuhachi Laura Inserra: Hang Mark Deutsch: Bazantar
April 19, 2013 7-9pm “The Chapel” at First Universalist Unitarian Church of San Francisco 1187 Franklin St. (at Geary)
Shakuhachi Grandmaster Michael Chikuzen Gould in Concert (with guest Cornelius Shinzen Boots) This is a benefit concert featuring my shakuhachi teacher of 12 years. The benefit is for a fellow student and member of the shakuhachi community who will need a new kidney very soon. I will be joining in on the performance at some point during this concert, the details of which have yet to be determined. Donations for the Event (“Zen Seats” meaning you are geographically distant and might not attend the actual concert) are made here. To attend the concert: show up at the Chapel on 4/19! We might set up an Eventbrite for actual seat reservations, but there isn’t one yet.
March 9, 2013 7:30 pm Berkeley, CA Solo Creative World Music at the Berkeley Rose Labyrinth Samavesha and Hearken Music present solos, duos and trios on ancient and modern instruments of sacred and unheard sounds. Cornelius Boots: shakuhachi and taimu shakuhachi Laura Inserra: Hang Mark Deutsch: Bazantar
March 2, 2013 8pm San Francisco Conservatory of Music 50 Oak St. SF, CA I am an alto saxophone ringer for the New Music Ensemble’s performance of Armando Luna’s multi-movement piece “Graffiti”. Besides some of his tempos being wildly optimistic, most of these mini-pieces are pretty great. Each one is a “graffiti” composed under the inspiration of some other composer, such as J.S. Bach, Dave Brubeck or Chick Corea.
February 22, 2013 Museum of Natural Mystery featuring Steven Odell art exhibit Paxton Gate 824 Valencia St. SF, CA 6-8pm I will play a short shakuhachi set around 7 that will feature brand new Renegade Nature Music arrangements including a solo shakuhachi arrangement of Lamb of God’s “Blacken the Cursed Sun,” a song by the band Earth, and one of my favorite songs of all time “Sycamore Trees” by David Lynch, Jimmy Scott and Angelo Badalamenti. This show features the artwork of Steven Odell who licensed his spectacular “Bird Zen” image to me for use as the cover image for my shakuhachi version of “Freebird.”
February 9, 2013 1-2pm Oakland Museum of California “In-theMix” wandering improvisational performer on clarinet, shakuhachi and taimu shakuhachi. This was my third and most rewarding installment of this gig since the Museum re-opened in 2010. Read a review of this event.
January 13, 2013 2-4pm Asian Art Museum in San Francisco
Performance on 2.9 Taimu shakuhachi of a transcription of Koku Nishimura’s rendition of “Ajikan” from the honkyoku classical Buddhist shakuhachi repertoire. Nishimura was the progenitor of the “kyotaku” a large-bore jinashi type of shakuhachi that is wuite similar to the Taimu. He was also the teacher of Kogen Murata, one of the Japanese “living off the land” artistic, free-thinking people featured in Andy Couturier’s “A Different Kind of Luxury”. This event was a talk and presentation by Andy about his book and the people in it. More details here on Andy’s site, and check back for a posting of my performance of “Ajikan” and photos from the event.
Thanksgiving 2012 Official website launch; Edmund Welles Christmas album release
September 23, 2012 Art in Nature/The Nature of Art Festival 3rd annual artist and performer gathering in Redwood Regional Park’s Stream Trail in Oakland, CA
September 22, 2012 Solo Shakuhachi, Taimu and bass clarinet Dinner Concert at Philip Gelb’s “In the Mood for Food” gourmet vegan dinner concert series