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FARMERS MARKET

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Norway


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FARMERS MARKET are an eclectic jazz rock/fusion group, formed by Håvard LUND (clarinet, sax), who was soon joined by Stian CARSTENSEN (accordion, guitar, vocals), Finn GUTTORMSEN (bass), Nils Olav JOHANSEN (guitar, vocals) and Jarle VESPESTAD (drums), in 1991, while they where all studying at the Trondheim Jazz Conservatory.

Originally playing free jazz, the group soon added rock, bluegrass, classical and Bulgarian folk into their unique blend of music, performed in their own characteristic style, where humorous arrangements, virtuosity and (very) odd time signatures are important ingredients. Humor also plays an important part in their album and track titles, like "Slav To The Rhythm" and "Les Paul, More John", and on stage, prominently shown in their medleys of familiar songs in unusual settings.

Their musical boundlessness have garnered them some critics, as there are some who find their technical brilliance provocative and soulless, but mostly acclaim, for their studio works also, but especially their live performances, which, over the years, have made them one of Norway's most popular live bands, and put them in demand for several national and international jazz festivals, including the Varanger Festival, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Molde International Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (in The Hague, Netherlands) and Berliner Festspiele.

It's therefore fitting that their first album "Speed / Balkan / Boogie", released in 1995, was a live recording, from two concerts held at Molde International Jazz Festival the year before, where FARMERS MARKET were accompanied by two members the Grammy Award-winning Bulgarian female vocal group ANGELITE, and two Bulgarian folk musicians.

After the release of "Speed / Balkan / Boogie", LUND left the band, and was replaced by Bulgarian saxophonist Trifon TRIFONOV, who joined after auditioning by telephone.

In 1997 they released their first studio album, "Musikk fra Hybridene" (Music from the Hybrides), followed by their self-titled second studio album in 2000. After a sabbatical, they returned in 2008 with "Surfin' USSR", where they took their characteristic humor-filled style to new heights, before turning a bit more serious, although no less playful, on their latest release, "Slav to the Rhythm" (2012), which is more traditional prog fusion, but still with a healthy dose of their trademark Balkan inspired sound in the mix. For both "Surfin USSR" and "Slav to the Rhythm" FARMERS M...
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2012
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2.50 | 2 ratings
Musikk Fra Hybridene
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
Farmers Market
2000
4.91 | 7 ratings
Surfin' USSR
2008
4.61 | 17 ratings
Slav To The Rhythm
2012

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Speed / Balkan / Boogie
1995

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 Slav To The Rhythm by FARMERS MARKET album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.61 | 17 ratings

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Slav To The Rhythm
Farmers Market Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by LearsFool
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5 stars Another great album from Norway's great jazz parodists. The particular satiric edge they are most known for, especially on the truly masterful "Surfin' USSR", is mostly gone, but they still have the energy and the open mindedness that are their other hallmarks. So in some ways not as good, or at least as humourous, as their earlier material, but otherwise still excellent. They here add some particularly Asiatic sounds to their usual mix of fusion and Slavic folk to great effect. Their powerful, flawless playing allows for the sound to make their usual entertaining romp through the varied genres they indulge in. The title track and "Shiny Happy Gizmos" are the best tracks amongst a spectacular bunch. Recommended to fans of their earlier work, and anyone interested in crazed genre mixes.

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 Surfin' USSR by FARMERS MARKET album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.91 | 7 ratings

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Farmers Market Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by LearsFool
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5 stars One of the greatest discoveries I've made on these Archives. Farmers Market loves mixing all sorts of genres in a fusion framework to hilarious and excellent results, and this is shown here to maximum effect. Here they mix jazz, surf rock, Slavic folk music, and all sorts of other tidbits into a side splitting piece of strange, parodic, and wonderful music. They build off of parodies of the classics of surf rock and Bond themes - notably, of course, the two title tracks, and "Lodtschitze Mini Maritza", which has strings that clearly take off from "You Only Live Twice". The track titles often belie the funny nature of the music, with gems such as "One Day, Son, All I Own Will Still Belong To The State" and "Anyone Who Remembers Vladiwoodstock Wasn't There". The sound revolves from folky to jazzy to rocking all in a single track. Very energetic, too. And all brilliantly played. Just one of the greatest albums of all time, this is a spectacular and humourous romp I recommend to everyone. Serf's up!

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 Surfin' USSR by FARMERS MARKET album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.91 | 7 ratings

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Farmers Market Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Lima96

5 stars Almost 13 long months passed since I found out about this wonderful norwegian band and suggested them into the Archives, and I'm glad that they're finally here!

I was already a fan of balkan and gypsy music (Goran Bregovic, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, Mahala Rai Banda, etc.), because of the energy and complexity that these styles show. However, I was already looking for something even more challenging within these styles (to play and listen), and I luckily found out about Farmers Market in Last.fm while browsing Mike Patton's Ipecac label site.

It's amazing that Farmers Market was founded by Trondheim Conservatory students as a free jazz quintet, and evolved into a unique blend of balkan, bulgarian music and jazz, which I enjoy so much.

"Surfin' USSR" is the band's fourth album (after a live one, a studio album and another released under Stian Cartensen's name), perhaps it's a concept album, or the song titles are conceptually inspired in a somehow hilarious 'occidental view' of the now defunct USSR, just like if comedian Jakov Smirnoff himself had suggested the names of the compositions.

The album shows the band in an excellent shape, playing compositions that feature lots of sudden breaks, incredibly weird time signatures and musical scales.

It's also incredibly eclectic, always from a Balkan/Bulgarian base, the songs range from vocal pieces such as Yagoda or the amazing Dissident Harmony Sisters' Camel Call and surf-rock? in the first part of the self-titled song to incredibly wild jazz-tinged pieces like Red Square Dance or a weird version of Gerry Mardsen's Ferry 'Cross The Mersey, with vocals sung in... Bulgarian? (if somebody knows, please let me know); and anything in between.

Fans of Balkan, Bulgarian and extremely challenging virtuoso musicianship should not miss this amazing album.

It's of the most original things I've ever heard, and I strongly recommend it, and if you are not convinced enough, just look for the song Surfin' USSR in Youtube, there is a jaw-dropping version in which they play with Trondheim's Radio and TV orchestra that will probably stun you and leave you with need for more.

Five trips to Hell and Baku!

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