Alto saxophone, composer and improviser…

…François Carrier was selected in the Eight Annual International Critic’s Poll of El Intruso 2015 and was also ranked among the DownBeat’s Reader Poll 2013 for Best Alto Sax Players List.

So far, François has released 30 albumss on labels such as Justin-Time Records, Spool Records, Leo Records (UK), FMR Records (UK), Ayler Records (France), Naxos Jazz, 482 Music (NY, USA) and Not Two (Poland).

In 2001 he was awarded the Juno Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” for his album Compassion on Naxos Jazz.

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 2016.

Nota Bene :

His newest releases iO and OUTgoing on FMR and UNKNOWABLE on Not Two records have been selected in numerous Best Jazz Album 2015 lists. A public appearance of his new Free Opera is in preparation for 2017 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.”


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


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

total freedom

friday, january 29, 2016 Francois Carrier, OUTgoing, with Michel Lambert, Steve Beresford, John Edwards   Alto saxophone colossus Francois Carrier and his integral partner in sound, drummer Michel Lambert, team up once again in a lively quartet format we first...

El Intruso 8th Annual Critics Poll -2015

El Intruso 8th Annual Critics Poll -2015 El Intruso 10th Annual Musicians Poll -2015

Improjazz 221

Un duo, un trio et un quartette illustrent les derniers faits d’armes discographiques du jazzman libre François Carrier, tous improvisés live en compagnie du batteur Michel Lambert. La poésie du soufflant s’exprime toujours en volutes abondantes et irréductibles. Les...

Downtown Music Gallery

FRANCOIS CARRIER / STEVE BERESFORD / JOHN EDWARDS / MICHEL LAMBERT – OUTgoing (FMR 400; UK) Featuring Francois Carrier on alto sax & Chinese oboe, John Edwards on bass and Michel Lambert on drums plus Steve Beresford added on piano for the second half....

Wholeheartedly recommended!

CARRIER / LAMBERT / MAZUR ~ UNKNOWABLE NOT TWO 928 (Barcode: 5901549185904) ~ CANADA ~ Jazz Recorded: 2014 Released: 2015 This is a live recording by the Improvised Music trio consisting of Canadian saxophonist Francois Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert and Polish...

“lyrisme sincère et entier”

François Carrier Michel Lambert Alexey Lapin The Russian Concerts Volume 1 & 2 FMR CD 367 et 381. FMR (Future Music Records), le label dirigé par le percussionniste Trevor Taylor, est ouvert à un éventail varié de musiques alternatives, expérimentales, improvisées...

Resonance concert

Concert de musique abstraite spontanée avec : François Carrier → alto sax Michel Lambert → batterie Alexandre Grogg →...