Shakuhachi Unleashed Vol. I
Virtuosic revelations for solo shakuhachi.
Bamboo Gospel – Awakening the deepest soul of shakuhachi, honoring and evolving the solo classical Zen Buddhist honkyoku tradition rooted in aliveness, awareness and nature. A 21st century woodwind performance style drawing on rock, blues, metal, Zen and pure energy with 6 original compositions and 6 songs culled from the realms of heavy metal and classic rock.
Hard rock and sacred nature music are brought together in the voice of the solo flute: the Japanese Zen shakuhachi. This bamboo flute is known for being evocative and provocative, ethereal, and very difficult to play. The breadth of its breath-powered musicality is brought to you in Holy Flute. This album combines the energy and structure of carefully chosen rock songs–originals and covers–with the inspiring, one-of-a-kind sounds of the shakuhachi.
This album is dedicated to Chuck Berry.
Released: May 12, 2017
Cover art inspired by Dio – Holy Diver, Swamp Thing, Prachovské skály (CZ) and Forest Knolls (CA)
All performances, compositions (3, 7-11) and arrangements by Cornelius Boots.
The bamboo – 1.8 jinashi nobekan shakuhachi by Jon Kypros and 2.74 jinashi nobekan Taimu shakuhachi by Ken Mujitsu LaCosse.
Cornelius Boots – mastermind, producer and layout
The Stikman – co-producer, mixing and mastering
Nakona Macdonald – illustration and tattoos
Karen Stackpole – recording, mixing, and stomping
Derek Heming – audio fixer-upper
Felicia India Chavez – brains, beauty and photos
Ludo – fuzziness and the purr
This album was funded by 108 very important supporters! Visit the crowdfunding page here.
Steve and Sandy Courtney , Ryan Goodpastor, Sue and Al Shockey, Ricardo Alzamora, Cece and Bill Dietlein, Matthew Karl Heitz
Amy Baskerville, Jonathan Derio, Jonathan Blow, Jonny Spoor, Bonny Billy, Patricia Tanoury, Geoff and Martha Deacon, Science and Nonduality
108 total crowdfunders, you know who you are!