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Bamboo Rising (Shakuhachi Unleashed Vol. II)

by Cornelius Boots - Bass Shakuhachi, Nature Blues 尺八

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b6d There are not many Shakuhachi Players and among them, Cornelius Boots' repertoire and style is unlike that of anyone else I've heard. Unique album, love the renditions of these songs. Favorite track: Run to the Hills.
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The Hot Breath of Life––as Music.

Bamboo Rising (Shakuhachi Unleashed Vol. II)
Solo Classic Rock Shakuhachi. Virtuosic Nature Hymns and Anthems.
Offering up the breadth of big bamboo's breath-powered musicality.

"Step aside Mr. Tull, time for a rock flute that is rooty-er."
A unique style of advanced, expressive woodwind performance: hermit blues, bamboo gospel. Original compositions and classic rock and metal arrangements--with the mojo intact. Buddhist Blues.
World woodwind, avant-meditation, and advanced nature music.
Folk-blues / new music.

Cover art and title inspired by Rainbow Rising, the epic, classic Rainbow album with Dio from 1976.

All performances, compositions (4, 6, 7, 11) and arrangements by Cornelius Boots.
The bamboo - 1.8 jinashi nobekan shakuhachi by Jon Kypros and 2.74 jinashi nobekan Taimu shakuhachi by Ken Mujitsu LaCosse.

Featuring new, original compositions and tasty arrangements of Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Roky Erickson, Dio, Black Sabbath and more, all played on the unadorned, 5-hole, no mouthpiece, 100% bamboo (jinashi) shakuhachi—the robust woodwind of Zen Buddhism—and its baritone brother, Taimu. After Holy Flute, Bamboo Rising is the second album in the Shakuhachi Unleashed album trilogy. Classic rock and sacred nature music are brought together in the voice of this solo flute--the Japanese Zen shakuhachi--known for being evocative and provocative, ethereal, and very difficult to play.

This album is dedicated to Son House.

“Let Nature be thy guide.”
- M. Maier, Atalanta Fugiens (1617)

“There is something innately intriguing about bamboo.”
- Susanne Lucas, Bamboo

“Music without which this world would not exist.”
- Stephen Harrod Buhner, Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm

This album was funded by 74 very important supporters! Visit the crowdfunding page: www.indiegogo.com/projects/bamboo-rising-shakuhachi-unleashed-vol-ii-music-new/x/5709982#/


released April 7, 2018

All performances, compositions and arrangements by Cornelius Boots.
The bamboo - 1.8 jinashi nobekan shakuhachi by Jon Kypros and 2.74 jinashi nobekan Taimu shakuhachi by Ken Mujitsu LaCosse.

Recorded July 22, 2017 at Stackhausen Haven
Berkeley, CA

Cornelius 深禅 Boots - revelator, producer, layout, coyotes &
crickets (Forest Knolls) and birds (Bohemian Paradise) recording
The Stikman - co-producer, mixing and mastering
Nakona Macdonald - illustrating and tattooing
Karen Stackpole - recording and mixing
Dan Spriggs - Australian frog recording
Derek Heming - audio fixer-upper
Felicia India Chavez - website, photo, awe and wonder
Ludo - whiskers and fuzz

Executive Producers:
Steve and Sandy Courtney, Ryan Goodpastor, Sue and Al Shockey, Ricardo Alzamora, CeCe and Bill Dietlein, Matthew Karl Heitz

The Backers:
Bainn & Harmony, Jeff Mee, Tanya Allen, Jonny Spoor, Patricia Tanoury, David F. Coury, Mr. Shannon Morrison: 74 total crowdfunders, you know who you are!

Shinzen Shakuhachi Students
Rabbit Moon Tea Arts
Ken Mujitsu LaCosse
Faun Frykdahls & Isabel Douglass
World Shakuhachi Festival, Jim & Kiku
Lara Miranda & Jason Ditzian
Michael Chikuzen Gould
David N. Baker
Buddha Dharma University
Angelo Moore, Ian Anderson, Eric Dolphy
Etta James, James Brown, Ronnie James Dio


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Cornelius Boots - Bass Shakuhachi, Nature Blues 尺八 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Woodwind Nature & Rustic Flute Spirituals: from hymns to heavy metal. New music/compositions for jinashi & bass shakuhachi (Taimu), the robust woodwind of Japan.

Cornelius Boots is a leading creative shakuhachi composer-performer, active internationally in woodwinds since 1990. A grandmaster (Dai Shihan) in the Zen lineage of Watazumido. Ex-orchestral/rock bass clarinetist, jazz/funk bandleader.
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