Born: August 21, 1967 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Haftor Medbøe is a jazz guitarist, composer and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is Jazz Musician in Residence and Lecturer in Composition at Edinburgh Napier University, and has numerous film, television and mult-media score credits.
The latest release, Places + Spaces, featuring Anneke Kampman and Konrad Wiszniewski is available now from www.fabrikant-records.net and all good digital retailers. Recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland the album fuses the found sounds of nature alongside acoustic and electronic instrumentation.
A Box Of Monkeys, by Haftor Medbøe Group features exquisitely lyrical vocals by Anneke Kampman and helter-skelter programming by Gavin Hislop (aka Babyshaker) and continues the group’s collaboration with Danish bass monster, Eva Malling. A Box Of Monkeys is available from Fabrikant Records in CD and download formats and from worldwide digital outlets from 01/01/10
The album New:Happy is is available in CD and download formats from Fabrikant Records. Engineered by Dave Hook, mixed and mastered by Calum Malcolm the recording features our very special guest bassist Eva Malling from Copenhagen and a cameo appearance on blues harp by Tommy Harmonica.
The album In Perpetuity, co-produced by Calum Malcolm, is still on world wide release through Linn Records. In collaboration with Sue Mckenzie on saxophone, Signy Jakobsdottir on percussion and Chris Greive on trombone the album also presents electronica maestro Kenny MacDonald and the sublime strings of the Edinburgh Quartet. The touring line-up features the fabulous Konrad Wiszniewski on tenor sax alongside the indispensable Signy and Chris.
The debut CD CHARM, released in March 2004, features eight compositions by Haftor Medbøe on guitar alongside Sue, Signy and Chris with sonic, found- sound backdrops by Fred Parsons and is available from Fabrikant Records.
The story so far has seen the group perform in Scotland, England, USA and Scandinavia both headlining and supporting artists including Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Bill Frisell and Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus.
The album as a whole is a beautiful piece of art JazzWorldQuest
A band with huge integrity and originality JazzNyt
Great music reaching fulfillment and intensity Jazz Review
Envelope pushing The Guardian
Bold and strident ... One to watch Glasgow Herald
Contemporary and beautiful Noise magazine
Vivid musical soundscapes The List
... and yes, the hairs on the back of my neck moved The Islay Directory
... the perfect Contemporary jazz The Skinny
A dazzling venture into Contemporary jazz! - www.jazzreview.com
... reinventing the balance of opposites of the musical universe www.jazzworldquest.com
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Jazz Musician in Residence, Napier University Edinburgh
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