This is an elaboration upon #9, Half of the Beast: there is an introduction, an ending and a second accompaniment part added to the original. This is one meaning of the title: it is "the other" half of "half of the beast." The title continues the Duality versus Unity theme that runs through mukyoku titles, and it is also an appropriate mindset for duet performance. The illusion of Self and Other is often dissolved in older, wiser, more cosmically connected cultures. For example, although the Mayans explored cosmic duality, phrases such as "IN LAK'ECH" or "I am another yourself," demonstrate their intuitive understanding of universal unity. Our current culture has instead inherited the mindset expressed by Jean-Paul Sartre in his famous dictum "l'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is The Other." How does our mind establish reflexive self-awareness in the first place? In other words, how can "I" think about "me" at all, and when I do, who is really doing the thinking? It seems we walk around with Self and Other in our heads all the time, and when you think of asking (or answering) these questions, you might find that Frank Zappa said it best, "Shut Up 'n Play Yer Taimu."

Musical Details:

The original plan in composing mukyoku duets was to improvise or compose a second part to some of the solo pieces.

This is the only one that ended up happening that way, and I also decided to add the komi-buki introduction, the opening and closing melodic sections (actually stolen from my composition for two bass clarinets called Sojourn of the Face), and the brief komi ending. The result is kind of the Bohemian Rhapsody/Stairway to Heaven of mukyoku, especially when performed on 2.8 Taimu flutes as it is intended (and as the included recorded version was made). The best approach is to learn #9 really well, then move on to playing each part of this duet, then rehearse the whole piece with another player.


from Mukyoku: New Compositions for Taimu Shakuhachi, released October 10, 2010
Cornelius Boots: composition, performances on 2.8 Taimu Shakuhachi made by Ken Mujitsu LaCosse.



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Avant Nature Music. Bamboo Gospel & Buddhist Blues: from hymns to heavy metal. New music for standard & bass (Taimu) shakuhachi, the robust woodwind of Japan.

Cornelius Boots is a leading creative shakuhachi composer-performer, active internationally in woodwinds since 1990. A Shihan (master) in the lineage of Watazumido and ex-orchestral/rock bass clarinetist, jazz guy and bandleader.
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