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 albums 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.


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OUTgoing @Squidco

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Improjazz 223

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uma obra bastante coesa

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