Yngvil Vatn Guttu

2020 Artist-led Giving Circle Cohort

Apart from being an inspired and captivating multi-talented musician and composer, Yngvil is a visionary community organizer and event producer. Hundreds of professional colleagues and thousands of students worldwide know her as an empathetic teacher/mentor and a transformational collaborator.

Yngvil was born in Oslo, Norway and studied theatre and music in London and New York. She came to Alaska in 2002 with a theatre show and decided to stay.

In Alaska Yngvil began collaborating with numerous artists across multiple genres, created one off-events and initiatives and nonprofit organizations. She helped found and run artist co-op Trailer Art Center, founded Spenard Jazz Fest in 2008, NCE in 2012, AKIMI in 2016 and Music Alaska in 2020.