Farmers Market (band)

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Farmers Market
Farmers Market Stig Aron Kamonen.jpg
Farmers Market in concert in Mo i Rana, Nordland, Norway. (2008; photo: Stig Aron Kamonen)
Background information
Origin Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Genres Bulgarian folk music, classical, folk music, free jazz, jazz, bluegrass
Years active Since 1991; 27 years ago (1991)
Labels Ipecac Recordings
Members Stian Carstensen
Finn Guttormsen
Nils-Olav Johansen
Trifon Trifonov
Jarle Vespestad
Past members Håvard Lund

Farmers Market is a Norwegian band founded in Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, in 1991. They have released four studio albums.[1]


The band started out as a free-jazz quintet sprung out from the conservatory in Trondheim, but now incorporates a wide variety of genres, such as jazz, rock, pop music, bluegrass, classical and – most significantly – Bulgarian folk music. Humorous arrangements, virtuosity and odd time signatures are characteristic to their style. Multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen is a sort of front figure, though guitarist Nils-Olav Johansen performs most of the lead vocals.[1]

The band's original saxophonist Håvard Lund left the group in 1995, and they looked to Bulgaria for a replacement. Trifon Trifonov joined the band after auditioning by telephone.[2]

They have performed at several international jazz festivals, including the Kongsberg Jazzfestival (in 1993, 1995 and 2009), Moldejazz (in 1994, 2003, 2004 and 2010), the North Sea Jazz Festival (in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2004) and the Berliner Festspiele (in 2005).

The band's debut album, Speed/Balkan/Boogie, was released in 1995. It is a live recording from two concerts held at Moldejazz 1994 with members from Grammy Award-winning[3] Bulgarian female vocal group Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares and two Bulgarian folk musicians.

Their fourth studio album, Surfin' USSR, was awarded an open-class Spellemannpris (Norwegian Grammy Award equivalent) in 2008.[4] It was released on Ipecac Recordings, a label distributed by the Universal Music Group.

The band has collaborated with several Norwegian orchestras, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.[5][6] They have also collaborated with American jazz saxophonist and composer Michael Brecker.[7][8]


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  1. ^ a b Kelman, John (2012-05-15). "Farmers Market: Slav to the Rhythm - Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  2. ^ Staff (3 March 2010). "Bio". Farmers Market. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lés Mystére Des Voix Bulgares". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "NRK (Norsk Rikskringkasting – Norwegian Broadcasting Company) article". 17 July 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "NRK (Norsk Rikskringkasting – Norwegian Broadcasting Company) article". 29 January 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "NRK (Norsk Rikskringkasting – Norwegian Broadcasting Company) article". 18 July 2003. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  8. ^ NO. "Farmers Market's MySpace page". Farmers Market (via Myspace). Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Farmers Market – Musikk Fra Hybridene". Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  10. ^ Kelman, John (15 May 2012). "Farmers Market: Slav to the Rhythm – Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 

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Preceded by
Live Maria Roggen
Recipient of the Open-Class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Kristin Asbjørnsen
Preceded by
Bárut - Inga Juuso
Recipient of the Open-Class Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Susanna and Ensemble Neon