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instructional DVD for Taimu by Cornelius Boots
Composer Cornelius Boots of the bass clarinet quartet (Edmund Welles)
is in the process of composing for and developing an instructional DVD
for Taimu Shakuhachi.
Cornelius Boots -"These
pieces are written as etudes, or learning pieces, specifically for the
large-bore, lower-pitched Taimu shakuhachi flutes. They are
intended to complement any honkyoku or other pieces that you might be
studying or playing on the Taimu. The primary stylistic
inspirations are honkyoku and Mississippi blues. They vary in
difficulty level but all of them can be approached slowly or as just a
few select phrases that might resonate with your own approach to Taimu.
These pieces can of course be played on any other type of
shakuhachi, especially 2.4 or bigger, but as Chikuzen-sensei points
out, with shakuhachi, certain flutes fit certain songs, and vice-versa;
also the flute/player connection will determine what songs are more
appropriate at a given time. The series will include 27 pieces
varying length and difficulty, most for solo Taimu, some for two.
Recorded versions (mp3s), scores (pdfs), and explanations and
suggestions will be available when the series is complete."
About the composer:
Cornelius Boots is a single-reeds and flutes performer and instructor
specializing in the bass clarinet. He has studied shakuhachi
8 years with Michael Chikuzen Gould. As a composer he has
on expanding the repertoire for his own instruments and ensembles of
original design, with a special emphasis on the bass clarinet quartet
(Edmund Welles) for which he has created 38 original compositions and
21 arrangements since 1996. His most recent ensemble,
Rex, combines shakuhachi and Taimu with large ambient gongs and the
Bazantar, an upright bass with sympathetic strings.