Upcoming Concerts

11/14/2021 live solo concert – livestream only
Wood God Blues at Old First Church in San Francisco.

Full concert description here.

Wood God Blues plus classic, sacred Coltrane: New solo Taimu compositions plus duets with Kevin Chen

March 20, 2022 – Old First Concerts in San Francisco
Sunday 4:00 pm

Wood Prophecy: a woodwind chamber saga in five movements
Taimu quartet (bass shakuhachi)

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

Details TBA


Great press on the new video in Paste Magazine written by Oktay Ege Kozak

Latest Album!

Sacred Root

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 

A large meeting with the greater international shakuhachi community at an historic event.
August 3 – Bamboo Gospel Workshop
August 4 – Afternoon Concert Performance of “Green Swampy Water”

World Bamboo Congress 2018
August 14th-18th, 2018 in Xalapa, Mexico 

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

Past Performances


04/07/2021 online mini-concert:
20 Years of Shakuhachi!
plus a Guest, a Toast and Book Project Announcement


October 10, 2020
Center for New Music, San Francisco/Online
10 Years of Mukyoku 無曲

Venue Link HERE

Facebook Event Link HERE

10 Years of Mukyoku 無曲 = Concert Program HERE

August 7, 2020
Center for New Music, San Francisco/Online
Livestream Boots’ Birthday Bash II “Bamboo Gospel Greatest Hits”

Facebook Event Link Here

June 26, 2020
Hosted by Old First Church, San Francisco/Online
Solo Shakuhachi: Livestream

Facebook Event Link HERE

June 18, 2020
Center for New Music, San Francisco/Online
ENCORE Concert: a broadcast of last year’s Birthday Bash

Facebook Event Link HERE

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

Event Web Page

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Hosted by InterMusicSF.org

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

August 7, 2019 — Birthday Show!

Center for New Music SF, CA
7:30 pm

Tickets Reserve
Venue Website
Facebook Event

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

Tickets: Reserve               Facebook Event Page                          Venue Website


November 2, 2018
Red Poppy Arthouse in San Francisco

Another great double-solo gig with maestro Mark Deutsch, mystagogue and inventor of the magical Bazantar.
Presented by the Yoga Society of San Francisco.

September 21, 2018
Old First Church in San Francisco

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

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
Opening Reception
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
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

June 2-6, 2016
Featured Artist at the International Shakuhachi Festival Prague

“bamboo, castles and alchemy”

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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~]

Yoga Studio in Fairfax Flyer for April 2016-Draft 5April 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.

March 1-2, 2016     S.A.N.D. Workshop special performances at Esalen

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.

February 14, 2015     Cornelius Boots & Mark Deutsch: Solo Acoustic Wizards, “Heart & Blood.”   Trinity Church, Berkeley, CA


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 12, 2014         Edmund Welles at Center for New Music

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 WisdomCD 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)

Saturday, July 6, 2-4 PM
Berkeley Rose Labyrinth, 2138 Cedar Street (@ Vine)
$15 online; $20-30 at the door
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