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

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09/05/2022 - 11/05/2022

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

Despite Thielemans’s historical importance and the number of sources that have recently become available, he has not been the subject of much research. The conference Toots Thielemans (1922-2016). A Century of Music across Europe and America, to be held at KBR (Royal Library of Belgium) from 9 to 11 May 2022, aims to fill that gap. It will be the first academic event dedicated to research about and around Thielemans.

The career and work of Thielemans go far beyond his iconic status as a harmonica player and his composition Bluesette (1963), which has become a jazz standard and a popular song covered by many artists. His work spanned the main styles of jazz between the 1940s and the 2010s, but also extended to many other genres of music: musette, blues, bossa nova, Música Popular Brasileira, French chanson, folk music (Belgian, French, Swedish, etc.), Anglo-American pop, easy listening, screen music (both for film and television), advertising, classical music covers, and so on. His output also includes more than a hundred personal compositions, and collaborations with hundreds of musicians from all over the world.

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