• Pre-order of Holy Flute. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    releases May 12, 2017

     $10 USD  or more


Heaven and Hell
Until You Call On the Dark
Damaged Soul
No Quarter
The Devil Points
Taste of Nothing
Year of the Goat God of the Flute
Behind the Wall of Sleep


Shakuhachi Unleashed Vol. I
Virtuosic revelations for solo shakuhachi.

Bamboo Gospel - Awakening the deepest soul of shakuhachi, honoring and evolving the solo classical Zen Buddhist honkyoku tradition rooted in aliveness, awareness and nature. A 21st century woodwind performance style drawing on rock, blues, metal, Zen and pure energy with 6 original compositions and 6 songs culled from the realms of heavy metal and classic rock.

Cover art inspired by Dio – Holy Diver, Swamp Thing, Prachovské skály (CZ) and Forest Knolls (CA)

All performances, compositions (3, 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.

This album was funded by 108 very important supporters! Visit the crowdfunding page: www.indiegogo.com/projects/holy-flute-heavy-metal-bamboo-flute-album--2#/

This album is dedicated to Chuck Berry.

"Pray for a movement in the Light.” - Fishbone, Movement in the Light

"Run for the Light!” - Dio, Sacred Heart

"We are evil and divine, just creations of the mind.”
- Dio, Faces in the Window

"Sanctity a breath away, just a breath away.”
- Lamb of God, Blacken the Cursed Sun


releases May 12, 2017

July 9, 2016
Stackhausen Haven

Cornelius Boots - mastermind, producer and layout
The Stikman - co-producer, mixing and mastering
Nakona Macdonald - illustration and tattoos
Karen Stackpole - recording, mixing, and stomping
Derek Heming - audio fixer-upper
Felicia India Chavez - brains, beauty and photos
Ludo - fuzziness and the purr

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

Hard rock and sacred nature music are brought together in the voice of the solo flute: the Japanese Zen shakuhachi. This bamboo flute is known for being evocative and provocative, ethereal, and very difficult to play. The breadth of its breath-powered musicality is brought to you in Holy Flute. This album combines the energy and structure of carefully chosen rock songs--originals and covers--with the inspiring, one-of-a-kind sounds of the shakuhachi.

The Backers:
Amy Baskerville, Jonathan Derio, Jonathan Blow, Jonny Spoor, Bonny Billy, Patricia Tanoury, Geoff and Martha Deacon, Science and Nonduality
108 total crowdfunders, you know who you are!

special thanks:
Amy, Nobu, Yasuko, Shiba, Kodama, Murata, Andy
Marek, Anna, Pavel, Petr, Kiku
Shinzen Shakuhachi Students
Faun Frykdahls
Western Gate Teahouse, Rabbit Moon Tea Arts
Lara Miranda
Michael Chikuzen Gould
Buddha Dharma University
Angelo Moore, Ian Anderson, Eric Dolphy
Ronnie James Dio



all rights reserved


Cornelius Boots (Shinzen 深禅 Shakuhachi) San Francisco, California

The shakuhachi & Taimu explorations of Cornelius Boots: Big Breathing Bamboo. Creative Classical Shakuhachi. Master Woodwind Composer, Performer, Teacher. Soul-based, Breath-powered, No-limits Zen Taoism.

Founder of the bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles. His shakuhachi name 深禅 "Shinzen" means depth Zen or deep Zen given with his Shihan (master teaching license) in the lineage of Watazumi.
... more

contact / help

Contact Cornelius Boots (Shinzen 深禅 Shakuhachi)

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code