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Cornelius Boots

Cornelius Boots is a woodwind composer-performer, bamboo shakuhachi master, breathing ambassador and educator.

Active internationally since 1990, his love affair with reeds and bamboo began at age 9. He is currently creating adventurous new music hymns & anthems in a style of expressive woodwind performance that can be called hermit blues or bamboo gospel. Boots is a relentless pioneer and recovering perfectionist who aims to be a fun-loving, professional woodwind wizard, and inspiring shakuhachi performer, contributing to the repertoire and evolution of certain woodwinds, first bass clarinet (1994-2015), and now shakuhachi (2001-present).

A top student of Grandmaster Michael Chikuzen Gould, Cornelius’ shakuhachi name is 深禅 (Shinzen) deep Zen and he is a licensed shihan (master) in the dynamic Zen lineage of Watazumido. After a 30-year career of high-caliber jazz, classical, rock and experimental music activities on multiple woodwinds (including three music degrees from the renowned Jacobs School of Music, BM Clarinet ’97, BS Audio ’97, MM Jazz Studies ’99), Boots has now positioned himself at the crossroads of personal expression and divine revelation and only plays bamboo (jinashi) shakuhachi and its baritone brother, Taimu.

“…an aural whirlwind.”
–SF Weekly

“Very beautiful and inspiring.”
–Chris Adler, Drummer for Lamb of God

“All the frequencies I respond to.”
–Tom Waits

“…outstanding virtuosity… not afraid to venture into wild and uncharted territory.”
–Peter Phippen, Grammy Nominee, World Flute Specialist, Recording Artist, Educator, and Producer