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East Bay reed renegade Cornelius Boots is a progressive rock composer, bass clarinet performance specialist, wu wei woodwind instructor and Zen flute adept. He is a dabbler in Tibetan mysticism and Taoist wizardry, and a devotee of the Respirational Arts. Since 1996 he has led and written virtuosic “heavy chamber music” for Edmund Welles, the world’s only original bass clarinet quartet, for which he has composed and arranged over 60 pieces, and with which he has released two albums: Tooth & Claw (2007) and Agrippa’s 3 Books (2005). Recent projects include the composing and calligraphic notation of a series of 27 etudes for taimu-shakuhachi (large Zen bamboo flute); performances and recordings with the elemental sound-structuring ensemble, Sabbaticus Rex (taimu-shakuhachi, throat singing, large overtone gongs); and the collaborative composing of an avant-orchestral rock opera, An American Faust. He has music degrees from Indiana University (BM Clarinet Performance '97, BS Audio Recording '97, MM Jazz Studies '99) where he studied with Howard Klug, David Baker, Alfred Prinz, David Pickett and Wayne Jackson. He also performs and instructs on other flutes, saxophones and clarinets throughout the Bay Area and is currently working towards his shihan (master teaching license) on shakuhachi with Michael Chikuzen Gould.
Junior Kimbrough, Buddy Guy, Angelo Moore, Eric Dolphy, Yoshinobu Taniguchi, Watazumido, Karen Stackpole, Mark Deutsch, Nils Frykdahl, David Lynch, Lenny Pickett, Dawn McCarthy, Jimmy Scott, Melora Creager, Stevie Wonder, Primus, Cream, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Elmore James, Blind Willie Johnson, Melt-Banana, Spinal Tap, John Cage, Yoda, Syd Barrett, Tool, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Hall & Oates, Andy Kaufman.
Edmund Welles Bass Clarinet Quartet
Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet
All Hallows Reed