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Toots Thielemans (1922-2016). A Century of Music across Europe and America

From 09 May 2022
to 11 May 2022


Start: 09 May 2022 - 09:00
End: 11 May 2022 - 17:00




Call for Papers



In 2022, we will celebrate the 100th birthday of Toots Thielemans with a real ‘Toots Year’. Various events will take place in Belgium, including the immersive exhibition Toots 100. The Sound of a Belgian Legend, from 22 April 2022 until 31 August 2022 at KBR.

KBR will also host a colloquium devoted to research on and around Toots Thielemans. Besides the academic part, a special concert has been scheduled, in collaboration with the jazz departments of Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles.


Call for Papers

We welcome all research into the various aspects of Toots Thielemans, his life, work, reception, and the multicultural contexts in which they took place. We encourage multidisciplinary approaches and a diversity of perspectives, including papers from musicians, producers, or anyone having worked with him. We also encourage papers proposing musical analysis of Thielemans’s works (compositions and improvisations) anchored in their cultural context, and papers using archival materials, either from the Toots Thielemans fund and other funds at KBR and the MIM, or from any other relevant institution.

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Practical Information

  • Presentations can be individual or collective (2 people max.).
  • Max. duration: 30 minutes (20 min. presentation + 10 min. discussion).
  • The languages of the conference are French, Dutch and English.
  • Due to the covid-19 pandemic, virtual presentations (by video) are possible, but we encourage live presence of the participants.
  • A publication will follow based on the conference presentations.


Submitting Your Proposal

To submit a proposal, please send to gbbgfguvryrznaf.xoe2022@tznvy.pbz a single PDF document with the following information:

  • Name(s) of participant(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Live or virtual presentation (last-minute change are possible depending on the situation)
  • Title of the paper
  • Abstract (between 2000 and 3000 characters, spaces included)
  • Short bibliography
  • Short biography of the participant(s) of max. 900 characters, spaces included.


Deadline: 15 November 2021 (23.59 CET)

Notification of acceptance: mid-December 2021



Organising committee

  • Hugo Rodriguez (KBR)
  • Hélène Sechehaye (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, ICTM Belgium)
  • Matthias Heyman (UAntwerpen, IASPM Benelux)
  • Géry Dumoulin (MIM)
  • Anaïs Verhulst (Cemper, ICTM Belgium)
  • Valérie Dufour (ULB, FNRS)
  • Christophe Pirenne (ULiège, Académie royale de Belgique)
  • Jeroen D’hoe (KULeuven, LUCA School of Arts)
  • Henri Vanhulst (ULB, Académie royale de Belgique)


Academic committee

  • Hugo Rodriguez (KBR)
  • Hélène Sechehaye (Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, ICTM Belgium)
  • Matthias Heyman (UAntwerpen, IASPM Benelux)
  • Géry Dumoulin (MIM)
  • Marie Cornaz (KBR)
  • Christophe Pirenne (ULiège, Académie royale de Belgique)
  • Nicholas Cooper (University College, Dublin)
  • Martin Guerpin (Université d’Évry-Val-d’Essonne, Paris-Saclay)


Partners (provisional)

  • KBR
  • MIM (Musical Instruments Museum)
  • The Legacy of Toots Thielemans vzw
  • ICTM Belgium
  • Laboratoire de Musicologie (LaM-ULB)
  • Visit.brussels
  • FNRS
  • FWO
  • Belspo