When Stian Carstensen, Marius Neset and Thomas Strønen team up as The Side Effects, you know that the evening will be wild; Fantastic musicality with a steady course towards new leads and side jumps! The premiere of this trio left the audience in trembling ecstasy. The song material is inspired by, and to some extent, based on melodies from folk music and western art music.
Stian Carstensen is the renowned multi-talented musician and leading light of the critically acclaimed band Farmers Market. He is actively involved in a variety of musical genres and plays an increasing number of solo concerts classical and jazz, and folk music at festivals all around the globe. Stian is a 5th generation accordion-player from the Norwegian constitutional heartland of Eidsvoll, where, as a child, he was taught the craft by venerable fiddlers and tradition-steeped accordionists. His repertoire consists of an eclectic blend of imported and home crafted musical artistry performed on accordion, guitar, banjo, pedal-steel guitar and «kaval» (bulgarian flute) accompanied at times with vocals and whistling. Irreverent improvisations inspired by spontaneous audience-requests providing additional fare are par for the course.
Marius Neset was born in 1985, in Bergen, a sleepy Norwegian harbour town that’s home to the internationally renowned Nattjazz Festival (Neset won the Talent Award there in 2004). Besides his love of jazz in its widest sense, the saxophonist-composer also grew up listening to bands from the so-called ‘Bergen wave’ of post-rock such as Royksopp (and from there on to Radiohead) through to the great classical composer of his hometown Edvard Grieg as well as more contemporary art music.
Thomas Strønen has been an ECM recording artist since 2005 when the label released his album Parish, with Bobo Stenson, Fredrik Ljungkvist and Mats Eilertsen. It was followed by recordings with Food, Strønen’s duo-plus-guests project with Iain Ballamy. Food’s discs include Quiet Inlet, Mercurial Balm and This Is Not A Miracle.