Stian Carstensen

Musica Mundi Frankfurt eV

Stian Carstensen

Stian Carstensen is the bands multi-instrumentalist. He started on the accordion when he was about 8 or 9 years old. He was practicing the accordion every minute he had a chance, even in the backseat of the car as his father drove him to school in the morning. When he got to high-school he realised the accordion didn’t have the same effect on girls as the guitar…

He forced himself to listen to Judas Priest and other heavy metal bands, and within a year he kinda liked it. And by this time he played the guitar better than any of his fellow villagers. At a music seminar he met an older guitarist that was into jazz, and Stian was amased by the chords this guy played…

The chords even had numbers in them!

Stian decided to pursue this jazz thing, and some years later he got accepted at the Conservatory of Music in Trondheim at the dept. of jazz. Here he met the guys that made him take up the accordion again.