Haftor Medboe Haftor Medboe

Haftor Medbøe is a jazz guitarist, composer, educator and researcher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is Jazz Musician in Residence and Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, UK.

Haftor Medbøe has recently recorded with Swedish pianist, Jacob Karlzon and the album is released on 05/April/19 and available from Copperfly Records [www.copperfly.co.uk]. The coming year promises to be a busy one, with 4 further releases scheduled with a variety of projects.

His 2016 album with Espen Eriksen (piano) and Gunnar Halle (trumpet) The Space Between was released on Losen Records.

Places + Spaces (2011), featuring Anneke Kampman and Konrad Wiszniewski was recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland and fuses the found sounds of nature alongside acoustic and electronic instrumentation.

A Box Of Monkeys (2010), 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.

The album New:Happy (2008) was released on Fabrikant Records. Engineered by Dave Hook, mixed and mastered by Calum Malcolm, the recording features a 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.

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”They’re on to something new and exciting” Jazzine

“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


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Primary Instrument



Jazz Musician in Residence, Napier University Edinburgh

Clinic/Workshop Information

Offers clinics in improvisation and ensemble playing.


Albums by Haftor Medboe


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