November 14, 2021 – Old First Concerts in San Francisco
Sunday 4:00 pm Original Backwoods Shakuhachi: New solo Taimu compositions plus duets with Kevin Chen
March 20, 2022 – Old First Concerts in San Francisco
Sunday 4:00 pm Wood Prophecy: Five Movement Chamber Saga for Bass Shakuhachi Ensemble PREMIERE!
After getting started in 2019, this will be the triumphant return of the Heavy Roots Shakuhachi Ensemble, presenting our full five pieces commissioned in part by InterMusic SF’s Musial Grant Program last year, these ground-breaking pieces of shifting and riffing earthy-ethereal flute tones are coalescing more and more everyday. Even though this extended hiatus was not voluntary per se, we are using the time very well, maturing, soaking, steeping and marinating our sounds for you.
July 29, 2022 – 19th Annual Outsound New Music Summit at Berkeley Finnish Hall in Berkeley, CA
7:15pm Q & A; 8:15pm Music
Cornelius Boots & The Heavy Roots Shakuhachi Ensemble
The Berkeley Finnish Hall
Great press on the new video in Paste Magazine written by Oktay Ege Kozak
The BAMBOO RISING WORLD TOUR continued in Mexico, where I presented a concert at 7pm on August 15th in the midst of this incredible gathering of visionaries, ecologists, farmers, architects, community leaders, activists, business leaders and much more, the theme is Sustainability = Environment + Society + Economy
May 5, 2020 – SideBar NOLA /Scatterjazz (via The Barn) – Livestream: watch the reply
April 12, 2020 – The Barn – Livestream: watch the replay
April 5, 2020 – The Barn – Livestream: watch the replay
October 6, 2019
SF War Memorial Veterans Building
Cornelius Boots & The Heavy Roots Shakuhachi Ensemble
Watch Full Concert now on YouTube HERE
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
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
Winds of Change -Autumn Equinox with 3 solo sets by Cornelius Boots (shakuhachi/Taimu), Beth Custer (clarinet, alto and bass clarinets) and Stephen Kent (didgeridoo).
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) 2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 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. Event Calendar
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
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. www.spiritrock.org
Garden of Memory Chapel of the Chimes Solstice Event June 21, 2017 5:00-9:00 Many of the great Bay Area performers! www.gardenofmemory.com
Berkeley World Music Festival Sunday, June 11, 2017 2:30 – 3:30 pm
The Musical Offering 2430 Bancroft Way berkeleyworldmusic.org
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
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~]
April 9, 2016 Sol Studios Fairfax, CA 6:30 tea, 7:30 music
$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
In Japan, they always put Buddha’s birthday on April 8, even though other Buddhist cultures change the date year to year depending more on the lunar calendar. As a coincidence, I began playing shakuhachi on April 7, 2001, so this concert is also to celebrate 15 incredible years under the enchanted spell of this bamboo flute! Which has now officially claimed me body and soul: a Zen flute wizard at last.
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
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)
Saturday, July 6, 2-4 PM
Berkeley Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street (@ Vine)
June 21, 2013 – Solstice Performance Join us at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA for the Garden of Memory event: “a walk-through concert to celebrate the summer solstice.”
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