Saturday, 22 April 1978

CARSTEN KLOUMAN

Born: August 21st, 1923, Oslo (Norway)
Died: July 2nd, 2004, Oslo (Norway)
Nationality: Norwegian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


BIOGRAPHY

Carsten Klouman was a pianist in the jazz ensembles String Swing and Syv Muntre; moreover, he formed his own Carsten Klouman Trio (with bassist Frank Cook and percussionist Tore Birkedal). From 1954 onwards, he worked as a musical director at the Chat Noir Revue Theatre in Oslo. He wrote more than 1500 arrangements for the Kringkastingsorkesteret, the Norwegian broadcaster’s Radio Orchestra, and was a conductor in many TV programmes. From 1988 to 1991, he was the president of TONO, the Norwegian Association of Authors, Composers, and Publishers.

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Carsten Klouman's initial involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest was solely as an arranger, working on the orchestrations for the Norwegian entries in 1960, 1962, 1963, and 1964.

Later on, in the 1970s, Carsten Klouman conducted five Norwegian entries in the Eurovision Song Contest: ‘Småting’ in 1972 (sung by Grethe Kausland and Benny Borg), ‘It’s Just A Game’ in 1973 (a song composed by Arne Bendiksen and performed by the Bendik Singers), ‘You Touched My Life With Summer’ in 1975 (by Ellen Nikolaysen), ‘Casanova’ in 1977 (by Anita Skorgan), and, lastly, Jahn Teigen’s legendary nil-points performance of the song ‘Mil etter mil’ in the 1978 contest in Paris. The 1972, 1975, and 1978 entries were (co-)arranged by Klouman.

EUROVISION INVOLVEMENT YEAR BY YEAR

1960 London
Country – Norway
Song title – "Voi-voi"
Rendition – Nora Brockstedt
Lyrics – Georg Elgaaen
Composition – Georg Elgaaen
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
Live orchestration – Carsten Klouman
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 4th place (11 votes)

1962 Luxembourg
Country – Norway
Song title – "Kom sol, kom regn"
Rendition – Inger Jacobsen
Lyrics – Ivar Andersen
Composition – Kjell Karlsen
Studio arrangement – Carsten Klouman
Live orchestration – Carsten Klouman
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 10th place (2 votes)

1963 London
Country – Norway
Song title – "Solhverv"
Rendition – Anita Thallaug
Lyrics – Dag Kristoffersen
Composition – Dag Kristoffersen
Studio arrangement (Jan Høiland version) – Jørg Petter Røed
Live orchestration – Carsten Klouman
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 13th place (0 votes)

1964 Copenhagen
Country – Norway
Song title – "Spiral"
Rendition – Arne Bendiksen
Lyrics – Egil Hagen
Composition – Sigurd Jansen
Studio arrangement – Carsten Klouman
Live orchestration – Carsten Klouman
Conductor – Karsten Andersen
Score – 8th place (6 votes)

1972 Edinburgh
Country – Norway
Song title – "Småting"
Rendition – Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg
Lyrics – Ivar Børsum / Kåre Grøttum
Composition – Ivar Børsum / Kåre Grøttum
Studio arrangement – Carsten Klouman
Live orchestration – Carsten Klouman
Conductor – Carsten Klouman
Score – 14th place (73 votes)

1973 Luxembourg
Country – Norway
Song title – "It’s Just A Game (Å for et spil)"
Rendition – Bendik Singers (= Bjørn Kruse / Philip A. Kruse / Ellen Nikolaysen / Anne-Karine Strøm)
Norwegian lyrics – Arne Bendiksen
English lyrics – Robert Williams
Composition – Arne Bendiksen
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Carsten Klouman
Score – 7th place (89 punten)

1975 Stockholm
Country – Norway
Song title – "Touch My Life With Summer 
(Det skulle ha vært sommer nå)"
Rendition – Ellen Nikolaysen
Lyrics – Johnny Sareussen
Composition – Svein Hundsnes
Studio arrangement – Carsten Klouman
Live orchestration – Carsten Klouman
Conductor – Carsten Klouman
Score – 18th place (11 votes)

1977 London
Country – Norway
Song title – "Casanova"
Rendition – Anita Skorgan
Lyrics – Dag Nordtømme
Composition – Svein Strugstad
Studio arrangement – Øivind Westby
Live orchestration – Øivind Westby
Conductor – Carsten Klouman
Score – 14th place (18 votes)

1978 Paris
Country – Norway
Song title – "Mil etter mil"
Rendition – Jahn Teigen
Lyrics – Kai Eide
Composition – David Cooper / Kai Eide
Studio arrangement – Tore Syvertsen / Jahn Teigen / Pete Knutsen
Live orchestration – Carsten Klouman
Conductor – Carsten Klouman
Score – 20th place (0 votes)

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