Run to the Hills [Iron Maiden] played on jinashi shakuhachi (difficult Zen bamboo flute)





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Published on Sep 26, 2013

Arranged and Performed by Cornelius 深禅 Boots.
Live at the Berkeley Rose Labyrinth September 7, 2013.
Played on a 1.8 jinashi shakuhachi crafted by Jon Kypros.

Renegade Nature Music. This arrangement features a couple of "expanded techniques" on the shakuhachi: circular breathing and persistent double-tonguing.

Seeing as the shakuhachi has such a history creating and performing "nature music" (with songs such as "Three Valleys" "Floating Clouds", "Waterfall", "Nesting of the Cranes" and many more) I have tapped into this tradition and begun to create new nature pieces called "Renegade Nature Music." Some of these are original compositions and some are arrangements or re-imaginings of nature music from other genres, such as Classic Rock.

These raw bamboo flutes evoke the breathy sound of sacred mysteries and have been used as meditation tools by esoteric Zen monks and mountain hermits for over 1000 years. Exploring these earthy sounds creates a connection to Nature and primordial dream states of consciousness: the trees singing, the mud chanting, the cave yawning, the sage wandering, the invisible glowing. The primary solo repertoire, created by Buddhist monks in ancient Japan, grew out of breath awareness practices, chant, and the contemplation of Nature and the nature of Existence.

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