Haftor Medboe
haftor medboe

Prof Haftor Medboe

Professor

Biography

Haftor Medbøe is Professor of Music and lectures across a broad portfolio of subjects within the School of Arts and Creative Industries. He is founding chair of the Scottish Jazz Archive and holds a position on the Board of Directors, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Since gaining his Doctoral degree in 2013, Haftor has been published internationally and presented his research on creative communities and cultural identity in jazz at conferences and colloquia across Europe.

Prior to being appointed full-time lecturer at Edinburgh Napier in 2008, Haftor enjoyed a twenty-year career in the music industries as a composer for film, television, theatre and contemporary dance for, amongst others, Channel 4, ITV, Tern TV, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre. Other composition credits include the 2014 son et lumiere production, A Night at The Botanics, collaborative installation pieces with artists Alan Kilpatrick and Michele Marcoux, dance/video productions by choreographer/film-maker Katrina MacPherson and a series of commissioned responses to exhibitions curated by the National Galleries of Scotland. Past professional appointments include Lead Tutor for the Princes’ Trust, Music Industry Consultant to Scottish Cultural Enterprise, Musician in Residence for The Queen’s Hall and Drake Music Scotland and project designer/tutor for Artlink Scotland.

Haftor remains active as a musician and composer on the international jazz circuit having released numerous albums with his eponymous group and together with other international musical collaborators. Haftor tours extensively in the UK and abroad and runs his own record label, Copperfly.

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Conference Organising Activity

  • Conference Organiser - Continental Drift Conference: festivals edition
  • Conference Organiser - Continental Drift: 100 years of jazz on record
  • Conference Organiser - Continental Drift: 50 years of jazz from Europe

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member - Jazz Research Journal

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner to MA Music - University of Salford
  • External Examiner for BA (Hons) Popular Music, Perth College - University of the Highlands and Islands

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the RSA
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Invited Speaker

  • Keynote Speaker - Thrill Confence
  • Invited Speaker - European Jazz Network - Lisbon
  • Invited Speaker - Jazz From Scotland Conference - Jazz Horizons
  • Guest Speaker - BA (Hons) Performance Industries, Academy of Music and Sound
  • Researcher in Residence - Festa Do Jazz, Lisbon, PT

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Founding Chair, Scottish Jazz Archive
  • Board Director, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

 

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Green in Blue: The environmental impacts of jazz production and consumption

Journal Article
Medboe, H. (2023)
Green in Blue: The environmental impacts of jazz production and consumption. Jazz Research Journal, 16(2), 129-146
This article examines environmental consequences in the manufacture and dissemination of recorded jazz alongside the ecological impacts of jazz festivals as sites of fandom an...

Jazz Festivals in the Time of COVID-19: Exploring Exposed Fragilities, Community Resilience and Industry Recovery

Book Chapter
Raine, S., Medboe, H., & Dias, J. (2022)
Jazz Festivals in the Time of COVID-19: Exploring Exposed Fragilities, Community Resilience and Industry Recovery. In G. Morrow, D. Nordgård, & P. Tschmuck (Eds.), Rethinking the Music Business: Music Contexts, Rights, Data, and COVID-19 (109-127). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-09532-0
This chapter considers how four festivals across the UK – Brecon Jazz Festival, Brilliant Corners in Belfast, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, and Manchester Jazz Festival – h...

Reflections on an imperfect normal: A letter to the future music industries

Journal Article
Medbøe, H., & Raine, S. (2021)
Reflections on an imperfect normal: A letter to the future music industries. Academia Letters, https://doi.org/10.20935/al125

Islay Jazz Festival

Journal Article
Medboe, H., & Maclean, D. (2020)
Islay Jazz Festival. Jazz Research Journal, 12(2), Article 3. https://doi.org/10.1558/jazz.40304
This article considers the ecologies and stakeholder interests that overlap in the staging of an annual jazz festival on a small Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides. Through...

Haftor Medbøe Scandinavian Group: live at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2013

Digital Artefact
Medboe, H. (2019)
Haftor Medbøe Scandinavian Group: live at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 2013. [Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album]
Musicians: Haftor Medbøe: Guitar Gunnar Halle: Trumpet Espen Eriksen: Piano Eva Malling: Bass Benita Haastrup: Drums Konrad Wiszniewski: Tenor sax on "New Happy" Recorded li...

Cold commodities: Discourses of decay and purity in a globalised jazz world

Book Chapter
Medboe, H. (2019)
Cold commodities: Discourses of decay and purity in a globalised jazz world. In T. Howell (Ed.), The Nature of Nordic Music (123-138). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315462851
Jazz has been a global music since its inception. In conflating Scandinavian jazz with the production of the ‘Nordic tone’, several accounts of European jazz present the music...

Will of the People

Digital Artefact
Medboe, H. (2019)
Will of the People
Will Of The People features four furious live improvisations by Haftor Medbøe (guitar and effects), Pete Furniss (clarinet and electronics) and Tom Bancroft (drums and percuss...

Medbøe | Halle | Malling - Hvor En Var Baen

Other
Medboe, H. (2019)
Medbøe | Halle | Malling - Hvor En Var Baen. Edinburgh
Haftor Medbøe (guitar), Gunnar Halle (trumpet/voice) and Eva Malling (bass) join creative forces in the recording of music inspired by the Danish poet Martin N Hansen. The alb...

Medbøe | Karlzon

Other
Medboe, H. (2019)
Medbøe | Karlzon. Edinburgh
Norwegian/Scottish guitarist Haftor Medbøe and Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon join creative forces in the recording of a set of original compositions. The album is released on ...

Promotion anxieties: Jazz promoters within the UK scene

Journal Article
Medbøe, H., & Moir, Z. (2017)
Promotion anxieties: Jazz promoters within the UK scene. Jazz Research Journal, 11(1), 7-27. https://doi.org/10.1558/jazz.32504
Definitions and roles of the promoter within the ecology of the music industries have over recent years become the subject of attention by academics working within the eld of...

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