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MUSIC:  Musician and music teacher Cornelius Boots started playing the shakuhachi (above), a Japanese flute with origins in Zen monasteries, over a decade ago. In 2008, he picked up a recently invented version called the taimu shakuhachi, which has a deeper, rougher sound.    David Briggs

A sinuous melody built of dark, airy phrases and the harsh echo of breath emerges from Cornelius Boots’ taimu shakuhachi, a Japanese flute. It is a warm autumn morning, and he is practicing a song called “Sycamore Trees” on the instrument made of root-end bamboo that slightly curves up at the tail. 

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