Schedule.

April 2017 big updates

Album:

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.

Shows:

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.

2016

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

Past Performances

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”

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Performances

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

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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)

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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

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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

2014

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

2013

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