"I heard Leo at the opening of
a Zen calligraphy exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
and was very impressed with his flute playing and his warmth and
genuine interest in discussing the music. At St. Mary's students
enjoyed the combination of performance and discussion, the variety
of different pieces Leo played, and his understanding of the relation
of flute meditation to other forms of Zen practice. Students and
faculty were delighted and found the music evocative and soothing.
I would highly recommend Leo Hansen as a performer and presenter
in any educational setting in which a thoughtful approach to Eastern
music and meditation is required. It is a unique cultural experience
not to be missed!"
-Dr. Jane Kelley Rodeheffer-Lasallian Honors Program/St. Mary's Universtity of Minnesota
"The soothing, etheral quality
appeared to permeate the lighting of the lanterns ceremony and
elicit a respectful response from participants."
- Roberta Sladky- Director of Como Park Conservatory and Japanese Garden
"We needed Japanese instrumentation
to accompany a Kabuki performance. Leo went beyond simple accompaniment,
his flute actually became a performer in the show, melding with
the actors and dance pieces. He can make his flute bounce and
bubble for light comic scenes as easily as he makes it wail eerily
in desolate scenes"
- Dr. Kathy Welch- Kabuki Director
"His past performances were authentic
and well received. Leo is highly professional and dependable".
- Susan Jacobsen- Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"A perfect fit with what our moon
viewing event is about, quality, easy to work with and extremely
talented. A unique, moving experience".
- Janell Stevens-Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
"His music complimented my images
(Japanese Gardens), but, I chose him because of the high level
of his musicianship. Leo performs with depth of feeling and beauty.
He makes this difficult instrument sound haunting and lyrical
and the music is tranquill and soothing to the spirit. It is a
rare treat to hear someone play the shakuhachi this well, here
- Rebecca Pavlenko-Professional Photographer
"Well, when I think of hearing
the music, I find myself smiling and breathing easily. It felt
- Nedira Haik- Event Coordinator-Clouds in Water Zen Center
"Leo's shakuhachi melodies add
a great deal to the atmosphere as one strolls through our Japanese
garden. All the cares and stresses of the outside world are left
outside as one enters through the gate, and the relaxing, contemplative
feeling one attains is enhanced by Leo's lovely shakuhachi music".
- Shirley Huskins-Normandale Japanese Garden
"Thank you for performing at my
opening Leo. You helped make the evening successful by assisting
with establishing the mood for the evening".
- Chad Manbeck-Artist
"I heard Leo perform at another
reception and knew he'd be perfect for our event. He provided
the perfect musical backdrop to our book signing and reception."
- Jerod Santek- The Loft Literary Center
"Leo's music perfectly fit the
ambience of the Japanese audience hall"
- Elaine Haydock-Minneapolis Institute of Arts event co-ordinator.
"For the past ten years, Leo has
provided the hauntingly beautiful music of the shakuhachi for
Asian art events held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. He
delivers consistently high quality performances and nicely varied
programs. The unobtrusive nature of the shakuhachi makes it appropriate
both as background music and as an independent event".
- Dr. Matthew Welch- Curator of Japanese Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
"I heard Leo at three other performances
and really enjoyed his music. I thought it would be perfect for
our reception. The selection of music was the right mood and tempo
for our event-relaxing".
- Diana Houston- Hennepin County Public Affairs.
"I enjoyed his competence and obvious
love of the instrument".
-Addie Ingebrand-WAMSO-Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association.
"Leo is a great artist-but mostly
I think we appreciated how much love and respect Leo has for the
instrument and the music. His presentation was such as to make
us all love the music more."
-Patricia Katagiri-Instructor-Yukimakai-Tea ceremony school.