Stian Carstensen

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


1974, Eidsvoll, Norway. Carstensen’s great-grandfather was an accordion player as were his grandfather and father, each in his turn handing on a tradition of playing for local dances and weddings and as a young boy, Carstensen joined his father’s band. At the age of 10, he heard jazz and was prompted to play guitar although he used this instrument mainly for playing heavy metal. He did however study jazz harmony before being accepted at the Conservatory of Music in Trondheim. Decidedly eclectic, Carstensen heard on radio some of the barrel-organ music by the Romanian composer Györgi Ligeti. Carstensen’s family’s roots are also in Eastern Europe and he was prompted to begin exploring gypsy music of the region. In particular, he liked Bulgarian music and began what became a succession of visits to that country learning ethnic music. In the mid-90s, he saw John Boorman’s classic 70s movie, Deliverance, and was prompted by the duelling...

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