Founder/composer of Black Earth Shakuhachi School and the Dark Mountain Woodwind Academy. Wood Prophet and root philosopher Cornelius Boots has performed at international festivals and up-close for goats with big horns. Professionally active since 1989, he’s won awards and created deep catalogues of fresh new repertoire for both bass clarinet and shakuhachi. Boots has written, recorded and released over a dozen albums of his original compositions and teaches his signature playing style to the curious and dedicated around the world. He believes that music and smell are modalities of magic, and we neglect the truth and power of the invisible realms at our own peril.
A five-movement woodwind animism saga
The Wood Prophets are a Taimu Shakuhachi Quartet playing Wood God Hymns and forest anthems: soothingly feral new music at the intersection of Zen nature meditation, rural blues, jubilee gospel and sacred Renaissance polyphony.
World-building Chamber Music.
Dark Green Religious Music.
This album is being released in 3 full editions of varying audio mixes and 5 more editions of each movement that will include raw mixes, solo stems and complete sheet music.
Primary Edition (this one) – released June 14, 2022
1929 Edition (vintage 78 rpm transfers) – released July 14, 2022
Church Edition (reverent reverberant iteration) released August 14, 2022