François Carrier



Recent(s) Albums 

Alto saxophonist, composer and improvisers
Alto saxophonist, composer and improviser
Alto saxophonist, composer and improviser
Alto saxophonist, composer and improviser

Alto saxophone, composer and improviser…


…François Carrier ranked among the DownBeat’s Reader Poll 2013 for Best Alto Sax Players List. In 2001 he was awarded the Juno Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” for his album Compassion on Naxos Jazz.

So far, François has released 28 CDs on labels such as Justin-Time Records, Spool Records, Leo Records (UK), FMR Records (UK), Ayler Records (France), Naxos Jazz, 482 Music (Chicago) and Not Two (Poland).

He has played and recorded with jazz giants such as Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Bobo Stenson, Tomasz Stanko, Uri Caine, Jason Moran, Dewey Redman, Mat Maneri, Sonny Greenwich, Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Edwards, Rafal Mazur and many others. He has been a long time collaborator with drummer Michel Lambert. Together, Michel and François have toured numerously in Europe, Asia and Canada. He has participated in many jazz festivals around the world, including the “Festival de Jazz de Montreux”, Jazz à Vienne in France, North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazzmandu Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, to name a few. François stayed six months at the Quebec Studio in Rome in 2002 and six months at the Quebec Studio in London UK in 2011 where he composed and develop more exiting projects.

New tours are scheduled for spring and autumn 2015. Three new albums will come out on FMR and Not Two records this year also. A public appearance of his new Free Opera is in preparation for 2016 in London and St. Petersburg.

“Every life form in the universe is a source of vibration, hence music. So let’s sing, dance and play to the sounds of Life.”


More Melodic Abstract Music

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Concerts récents 

François Carrier, Alexey Lapin, Michel Lambert, May 29, 2014.


François Carrier, Michel Lambert, Rafal Mazur, Alchemia Klub, Krakow, June 1st, 2014.



Michel Lambert and François Carrier joined in 1998 when they invited giant improviser and avant-gardist Dewey Redman. As a duet – drums and alto sax –  they released 4 albums including the amazing “Kathmandu” session recorded in Nepal in 2006....

A JazzWord Review

François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin  The Russia Concerts Volume 1/The Russia Concerts Volume 2 FMR CD 367/FMR CD 381 Consciously peripatetic , as most committed improvisers of his generation have to be, Montreal-based alto saxophonist François Carrier is more...

The Pathos Acoustics Interview by Enrico Fiore

The Pathos Acoustics Interview by Enrico Fiore December 2014 Pathos: Francois to begin a ritual question, how was born your passion for Jazz? François: I was born passionate. Even in the womb I think! It comes from my mother’s taste for good music and also from my...