Yngvil Vatn Guttu

Yngvil Vatn GuttuPerforming Arts 2009
Homer and Anchorage

Yngvil is a composer, musician, theatre director and performer, writer, educator and community activist.  She was born in Oslo, Norway but left to study theatre and music in London, UK.  Yngvil came to Alaska on a theatre tour in 2002 and decided to stay. She ran several youth theatre companies before she decided to focus on her own projects – including EnviroBEAT, AntiFREEZE, ConNECT and Spenard JazzFest as well as her own music. The Boochever Award helped fund her debut album Akutaq (2010) and she recently released the sequel Plan B in Anchorage and Oslo (2011).  Yngvil is currently commuting between Oslo, New York, Homer and Anchorage Alaska. She is the Executive Director of Spenard JazzFest (since 2008).  In addition, she is studying for a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance and Film Music at New York University. Future plans include a third jazz album, an album with songs and a recording with her favorite instrument, the Norwegian willow flute – and an Anchorage Jazz Festival!