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Stian Carstensen

The musical traditions from the Balkan Mountains have already been introduced to audiences in Norway by multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen and his group Farmer’s Marketplace. Although he produced the group as a free of charge jazz ensemble, Carstensen more and more steered the music group toward Balkan folk music, merging traditional and contemporary approaches right into a exclusive, folk-rooted music. Playing the accordion from age eight, Carstensen immersed himself in rock music as an adolescent. Although he trained himself to try out your guitar, the accordion continued to be his instrument of preference. Joining with learners from the jazz section on the Conservatory of Trondheim, Carstensen produced Farmer’s Marketplace in past due 1991. The initial group, which highlighted bassist Finn Guttormsen, guitarist Nils Olav Johansen, saxophonist Havard Lund, and percussionist/drummer Jarle Vespestad, documented their debut recording, Speed-Balkan-Boogie, in the Molde International Jazz Event in 1994. With Lund’s departure in 1995, woodwinds participant Trifon Trifonov was recruited as his alternative. Carstensen documented his second recording, Music From your Hybrids, having a scaled-down edition of Farmer’s Marketplace that included Johansen, Vespestad, and Guttormsen. His third recording, Sommerbrisen, released in 1998, presented bassist Arild Andersen and guitarist Frode Alnaes.

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