Stian Carstensen

Stian Carstensen ( born January 5, 1971 in Eidsvoll ) is a Norwegian jazz musician (accordion, and guitar and banjo ).

Life and work

Carstensen, whose ancestors came from an Eastern European family of instrument makers and dance musicians learned to play the accordion at the age of nine by his father and then got a classic accordion training. He has performed with classical pieces on the radio, on television and at festivals; at the same time he was playing with his father, a bass player, swing jazz.

At the age of fifteen, he played electric guitar in a rock band. From 1991 to 1993 he studied jazz at the Conservatory of Trondheim. In the study, he founded with his fellow Nils- Olav Johansen, Jarle Vespestad, Finn Guttormsen and Håvard Lund, free jazz quintet Farmers Market. After the accidental discovery of a Bulgarian folk piece, the Bulgarian folk music became increasingly influence the style of the group. After a trip to Bulgaria at the Molde International Jazz Festival In 1994, the live album Speed ​​/ Balkan / Boogie with the musicians of the singers and instrumentalists of Le mysteres of voix bulgares.

Incidentally learned Carstensen banjo - playing bluegrass style and worked with Jon Christensen and Bendik Hofseth. In 1996 he took the quintet Farmers Market with Trifon Trifonov his first album, Music from the hybrid on which opened the Balkan music. 1998 Carstensen received a commission for the Vossajazz Festival; his composition was performed in April 1998 with Jarle Vespestad, the Englishman Django Bates and the Dutchman Ernst Reijseger.

2000 appeared the album Farmers Market; the band undertook a tour of Europe and Japan and performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague. 2001 supported the singer Silje Nergaard Carstensen at some concerts during the tour to present their new album Port of Call. Was released in 2004 the album Backwards into the Backwoods with Iain Ballamy, followed in 2005 by Rose Room with Jimmy Rosenberg.


  • Stian Carstensen biography at Norsk Musikkinformasjon
  • Meetings (Nordic Music )
  • Jazz accordionist
  • Banjo Player
  • Norwegian musicians
  • Born in 1971
  • Man