Toots Challenge Presentation
Last Saturday, June 25, 2022 about ten nominees of the Toots Challenge presented their submission to a 5-member jury in the MIM concert hall.

The challenge was organized as part of the exhibition ‘Toots 100. The Sound of a Belgian Legend.’, which is currently taking place at the KBR and of which the MIM is a partner.

The aim was to challenge musicians of different generations to work with the legacy of Toots.

We’re happy to announce that the winner is the 22-year old Rutger Mathys from Evergem ( Belgium). He plays the chromatic harmonica and just obtained his bachelor degree at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.
He will, with the help of the Legacy of Toots Thielemans, be seen and heard on a Belgian stage surrounded by a selection of musicians.

The Szabadsag Folk duo (Ariane Cohen-Adad /violin & Jefferson Louvat /mandolin) also caught the jury’s special attention and will perform at the MIM this summer/autumn.