Haftor Medbøe is Head of Humanities & Culture and lectures across a broad portfolio of subjects within the Music School that include Composition Studies, Jazz Improvisation, Music in the Community, and Entrepreneurship in the Music Industries. He holds the post of Jazz Musician in Residence and is director of Edinburgh Napier University Jazz Summer School in association with Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, and founding organiser of the annual Continental Drift Conference, welcoming the leading lights of the international jazz studies community to Edinburgh Napier University.
Since gaining his Doctoral degree in 2013 Haftor has been published internationally and presented research papers in Portugal, the Netherlands, Italy and the UK on pedagogy, and cultural identity and commercial infrastructures in jazz.
Prior to being appointed full-time lecturer at Edinburgh Napier in 2009, 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 commissioned responses to a number of exhibitions for 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 tutor for Artlink Scotland.
Haftor remains active as a musician and composer on the international jazz scene and was a featured artist in Creative Scotland’s “Made in Scotland” showcase in 2013. He has recorded five studio albums with Haftor Medbøe Group and has featured on numerous others as sideman. Recent recordings include 'Bitter Together' (2014) with bass clarinetist Pete Furniss, his regular collaborator at the National Galleries of Scotland, where they present improvised responses to visiting exhibitions. In 2016 Haftor released an album of original compositions on Norwegian Losen Records with pianist Espen Eriksen and trumpeter Gunnar Halle. Haftor also runs his own record label, Copperfly. Haftor tours extensively in the UK and abroad with a variety of projects and is a Yamaha endorsed artist.