#32 Breathing Bamboo

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Cornelius Boots is a woodwinding pioneer, composer and root philosopher. He is a nanotheist and elemental-nature lover. After a 30-year career of high-caliber jazz, classical, rock and experimental music activities (on multiple woodwinds with a focus on the bass clarinet), Boots has now positioned himself at the crossroads of personal expression and divine revelation, exclusively playing bamboo shakuhachi  (jinashi/hotchiku) and its baritone brother, Taimu. He is the founder of Black Earth Shakuhachi School, and composes music for The Heavy Roots Shakuhachi Ensemble, the world’s first bass shakuhachi group. (For bass clarinet and Edmund Welles-related information, go here.)

Music from episode by Cornelius Boots:

“Black Earth” from Sacred Root: Kung Fu Flute & Buddhist Blues (Shakuhachi Unleashed Vol. III)

“IV. Dark Hallow” and “V. Wood Prophecy” from Wood Prophecy

How Brave You Are

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How brave you are for slowing down

Mysteries, Yes

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Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood

Shakti: Tiny Desk Concert

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A reunion of the seminal Indian / European jazz fusion band for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert


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My mother is three years younger than Nakba

Hand of War

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From the series of Palestinian poets

My desperate and sad prayer

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I pray for Israel, I pray for Palestine

Galoba (The Prayer)

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Trio Mandili is a Georgian vocal group, here they perform a piece entitled "The Prayer"

The Ant, the Grasshopper, and the Antidote to the Cult of More

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A Lovely Vintage Illustrated Poem About the Meaning and Measure of Enough

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