A top student of Grandmaster Michael Chikuzen Gould, Cornelius Boots’ 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, 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.
Stephen Kent’s musical career has taken him across five continents, living at various times in the UK, Spain, East Africa, Australia and the US. His musical scores, composed for theatre, circus and dance companies, have received international acclaim and his work as a performer and recording artist has established him in the world music scene, exploring a broad range of playing styles and musical genres.
Boots, Kent, and Beth Custer come together for an evening of breath-powered music at The Old First Church in SF on Friday, September 21st.