Tys (Thijs) Van Leer

Following my own advice, ( see link to Hubpage) I attempted to declutter some drawers in a spare bedroom this weekend.

I came across a stack of audio cassettes and of course, decided to listen to them before donating them to charity.

Much to my delight, I rediscovered a tape circa early 1970s called "Nice To Have Met You" by Tys Van Leer.

Tys, a Dutch musician, singer, and composer is best known for being a member of the group "Focus". His captivating and phenomenal talent as an accomplished flautist will keep you spellbound and longing for more! Tys has been called a "melodic genius" .

The Youtube video below is a song called "Hocus Pocus" Tys was in the group "Focus."

His extraordinary talents as a classical artist are well demonstrated in his later projects entitled "Introspection" and "Introspection 2 & 3."

Although his "Nice To Have Met You" album is not available on CD, there are some vinyl copies being offered for sale that you can track down. His latest project (2009) is available at this website  


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suny51 6 years ago

Hello the hand shake is great,who is the man walking with the cane in the video?

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Catlyn 6 years ago from Somewhere in the OC Author

Thank for stopping by and commenting, suny51. The "man walking with the cane", well actually that is Mr. Van Leer holding his flute. You MUST go back and rewatch the video because no man ever played a cane the way he does! LOL !!

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quietnessandtrust 6 years ago

that was a great recording!!!

I love the improv.

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suny51 6 years ago

Oh yes Mr Leer plays the flute really sweet,actually yesterday I was on a slow connection so watched it for some moments only, no hard feelings please,you have caned me enough.

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Catlyn 6 years ago from Somewhere in the OC Author

LOL !!! As long as you came back and watched him - that's what matters. Thanks suny51.

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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

What a character. He plays a mean flute and really knows how to whistle--must have watched Lauren Bacall. =:)

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Catlyn 6 years ago from Somewhere in the OC Author

Winsome ~ How true! Thanks for stopping by and enjoying!

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