Yngvil Vatn Guttu

Alaska State Council on the Arts The Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship

Yngvil Vatn Guttu
Yngvil was born and raised in Oslo, Norway and received her professional
training in Oslo and London, England. She has lived and worked in Norway,
England, Canada and the United States.
Yngvil is a musician, composer, bandleader, producer, actor, and director with 20
years of professional experience. She plays trumpet, guitar, piano, percussion
and willow flute and is a composer of jazz, cross-over, folk, theatre and film
music with recordings to her name. She is the founding director of the annual 10
day Spenard JazzFest in Anchorage Alaska and of EnviroBEAT, an ensemble
experimenting and performing with instruments made from scrap/found objects.
Yngvil's music has been performed in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States.
She co-wrote the theme tune for Zee TV Asia News heard by up to 700 million
viewers daily.
Yngvil's solo albums AKUTAQ (2010) and PLAN B (2011) showcase selected
pieces of music written from age of 15 till present. She has produced and/or
performed on other people's albums : Skipper Skuteløs ( 2011) Sibeth Hoff,
Fields of Hope (2011) and Max Roach Park (2007) with Dan Wilson/Mark
Huggett Project – (Nominated Best Jazz Album at the South African Music
Awards 2007), Desert (2009) by Liz Malys, Merry Christmas from Alaska Vol.4,
Willow flute Surreal Studios Kurt Riemann 2005; Willowsound – limited release/
demo 2003 - Willow Flute; How to play the Willow Flute (2003)
Some Stuff I wrote – theatre/film music demo 2002; Evelyne Datl, Evelyne Datl
willow flute Canada 2002; Music by Yngvil VG – theatre/film music demo 2001;
Let them Eat Jazz - Star People - Peoplesound , London UK 1998
As a theatre artist Yngvil has performed in and MD'ed award winning productions
and projects including Olivier Award Winning "Return To The Forbidden Planet"
and a residency on Broadway in New York with Visible Fiction's production of
"The Red Balloon" (New Victory Theatre). She has also scored more than 20 full
scale theatre productions in the UK, Canada and the US.
Recent theatrical works include ASHLAD, a theatre/multimedia project
workshopped at the University of Alaska Anchorage and slated for a national
Norwegian tour in 2013 or '14.
In Alaska Yngvil created multimedia performance works including "Anti-Freeze"
performed outdoors for the FREEZE project and indoors for Anchorage Film
Festival Award Ceremony 2009 Her piece "conNECT", a dance/music/
multimedia piece- was performed at the MTS Gallery, Anchorage in 2008.
Yngvil has experience in television and radio production and presentation.
Recent work includes "The Butterfly's Evil Spell", Federico Garcia Lorca – for
KRUA radio/Buzzoplex Puppet Theatre in February 2008; and "The Elephant's
Child" by Rudyard Kipling/James Ware for KLEF Radio (nominated for Alaska
Broadcasters Association's Goldie Award 2007.)
Her willow flute verion of "Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker – is posted on YouTube
(16.000 hits). She produced DVD's for EnviroBEAT (Time, Talent and Trash
2005), Alaska Theatre of Youth/Alaska Progressive Media (The Sky is the Limit),
and the History Channel (Blood Runs Cold, 2005). She also produced "The
Road Home" an educational dance video for Channel 4, UK 1993
Grants and awards include the Norwegian State Art Study Grant, Advokat
Strømme's Stiftelse Art Study Grant, Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson
Foundation (Alaska); Artist Career Opportunity Grant, Alaska State Council on
the Arts Alaska; Radical Arts for Women Arts Grant (Alaska); Artist of the Month –
Alaska State Council on the Arts; and Boochever Artist Fellowship from the
Alaska State Council on the Arts.
Her work has been nominated for a Scottish Art Council Theatre Award -Monster-
UK 2003; Jazz Album of the Year - South African Music Awards – South Africa
2007; Goldie Award - Best Children's Radio Production - Alaskan Broadcasting
Association 2008.
Yngvil has participated in a number of award winning productions including
Green Candle which received the British Art Council Outstanding Achievement -
UK 1993; Return to the Forbidden Planet – Olivier Award UK 1994; The Red
Balloon, Victor Award Showcase, USA 1999; Guildhall Big Band-
BBC Radio Award, UK– 2001; Midsummer Nights Dream - National Endowment
for the Arts Award –USA - 2005
Her other volunteer work includes serving as a Board Member for Trailer Art
Center - an organization developing multi disciplinary art center in Anchorage,
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art London;
Theatre Workshop (Kenneth Dean) – Oslo;
Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, London (BA Hons)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (Postgraduate Diploma in Jazz
New York University - MMus in Jazz
- Advanced Certificate in Film Scoring and Music Education

Yngvil has recently studied with guitarists John Scofield, Bruce Arnold, New York, 

with trumpet players Ingrid Jensen,
Ralph Alessi, Michael Rodriguez, and Laurie Frink in New York,
with Chase Sandborn in Toronto, Canada as well as with composer/orchestrator Sonny Kompanek.