April 2017 big updates
HOLY FLUTE is complete and being sent to select locations (the people that funded it and the press) right now (4-5-17). By Earth Day, it will be available for pre-sale on bandcamp and CD Baby and iTunes and Amazon and the release is May 12, 2017–7 years and 2 days from the day Ronnie James Dio crossed over from this biological sphere into realms beyond.
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
May 13, 2017 6:30pm St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Albany, CA
HOLY FLUTE album release concert featuring Cornelius Boots and Mark Deutsch
Previously billed as “Solo Acoustic Wizards” Mark and I will be kicking off a renewed commitment to our wild card sacred virtuosity by beginning a new
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. It is currently unconfirmed if the box sets will be in-hand at this show, but, rest assured sometime in 2017 you will have access to more new Bazantar music than you can shake a shak at.
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)
– private lessons available
$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