Jørgen Munkeby (born 3 September 1980 in Oslo, Norway)[1] is a Norwegian Jazz and heavy metal musician, singer and songwriter, known as the frontman in the band Shining and former member of Jaga Jazzist[2][3], where he also composed music. Munkeby formed Shining as a jazz quartet in 1999, together with fellow students from the Norwegian Academy of Music, Morten Qvenild, Torstein Lofthus and Aslak Hartberg. He played flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and keyboards in jazz band Jaga Jazzist (1994–2002). He also plays in the band “Chrome Hill”, and worked with Motorpsycho, Enslaved, Ihsahn, In Lingua Mortua, Bertine Zetlitz, Big Bang, Superfamily, Grand Island and Jim Stärk among others.[2][4]

Education:
– Norwegian State Academy Of Music

Selected discography:

Within Jaga Jazzist
Within Shining
With other projects
  • 2002: In The Fishtank (Konkurrent), with Motorpsycho & “Jaga Jazzist Horns» (flute, sax and composition)
  • 2004: Little Things (Propeller Recordings), with Hanne Hukkelberg (sax and clarinet)
  • 2010: After, with Ihsahn (sax)
  • 2012: Eremita, with Ihsahn (sax)
  • 2012: Presenting The Problem, with Ribozyme (sax)
  • 2014: Inferno (Prosthetic Records), with Marty Friedman (sax)
  • 2014: Casualties Of Cool, with Devin Townsend (sax)
  • 2015: Past Swallows Love, with Jack Dalton (producer, sax)
  • 2015: Viscera, with Haunted Shores[5] (sax)

Awards Won:

  • “Best Soloist”, Avignon Jazz Contest, 2001
  • Oslo Award (Natt & Dag), for Jaga Jazzist’s “A Livingroom Hush”
  • Alarm Award, “Best Electronica Album Of The Year”, for Jaga Jazzist’s “The Stix”, 2014
  • Alarm Award, “Best Jazz Album Of The Year”, for Shining’s “In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster”, 2006
  • Dagbladet, “Best Norwegian Album Of The Year”, for Shining’s “Grindstone”, 2007
  • Alarm Award, “Best Jazz Album Of The Year”, for Shining’s “Grindstone”, 2008
  • a-ha grant, 2010
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy), “Innovator Of The Year”, for Shining’s innovations, 2012
  • Statoil Grant, by:Larm 2013

Award Nominations:

  • Edvardprisen (TONO’s composer’s award) for Airborne (Jaga Jazzist)
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award), “Best Video”, for Jaga Jazzist’s “Airborne”
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award), “Open Category”, for Jaga Jazzist’s “The Stix”
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award), “Open Category”, for Motopsycho / Jaga Horns’ “In The Fishtank”
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award), “Open Category”, for Shining’s “In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster”
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award), “Open Category”, for Shining’s “Grindstone”
  • Statoil Grant, 2007
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award), “Metal Album Of The Year”, for Shining’s “Blackjazz”
  • Nordic Music Prize, for Shining’s “Blackjazz”
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award), “Metal Album Of The Year”, for Shining’s “Live Blackjazz”
  • Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods Awards, “Best Underground Band”
  • Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy Award), “Metal Album Of The Year”, for Shining’s “One One One”

Other works: Munkeby have also written music for contemporary dance performances (“Et Dukkehjem”, “Hamlet”, “Roadburn”, all choreographed by Un-Magritt Nordseth), contemporary classical ensembles (“42” for solo saxophone and string ensemble, and “Deilig Er Norden” for chamber orchestra Ensemble neoN), and worked as a producer and mixing engineer.