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*NEW* Shakuhachi Music Video! Ultra-rare woodwind wizardry REVEALED

“the Jimi Hendrix of bamboo — Green Swampy Water live in San Francisco 2018”

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 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Watazumi,  and Jimi Hendrix.  This results in an expressive style of woodwind performance that can be called 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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Bamboo Rising


Holy Flute




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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.

Shakuhachi and Taimu Shakuhachi.

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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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Bamboo Rising

Holy Flute

Mountain Hermit’s
Secret Wisdom (2013)

Mukyoku: Pieces for
Taimu (2010)

Imagination Lost

Tooth & Claw

Agrippa’s 3 Books

Occidental Hygiene

sabbaticus rex

sabbaticus rex II

Robot Music

New Series One

Faun Tumnus

Smelting & Refining

Big Crumbs

Hymns for Christmas

Unreleased Masterworks

Gods Help Us All

O Mysterium

Live at Old First Church, October 6, 2006

Flattus: the MAC 4

Flattus: amuse yourself

Doctor Mongrol

Electric Funeral
single (2012)