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François and Michel have released more than 5 duo albums together most of which are available on FMR Records.

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Rafal Mazur, Michel Lambert and François Carrier have released their first album on Polish Label Not Two Records. Two new CDs of this amazing Trio will be out soon.

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by François Carrier, Michel Lambert, Rafal Mazur | The Joy Of Being

Freedom is Space for the Spirit

by François Carrier, Michel Lambert, Alexey Lapin | Freedom is Space for the Spirit


by François Carrier, Michel Lambert, John Edwards | OUTgoing

Alto sax, free jazz, improv music, avant-garde…

…François Carrier was selected in the Eight Annual International Critic’s Poll of El Intruso 2015 and  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), Not Two (Poland). and NoBusiness (Lithuania).

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, improv music, free jazz and avant-garde musicians 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.

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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 2018 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.


Freedom is Space for te Spirit Canadlan alto saxophonist François Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert went to Russia four times over the last six years to play their melodic abstract music with St. Petersburg-based pianist Alexey Lapin. They released their first...

Now on NoBusiness Records

"THE JOY OF BEING" NOW on NoBusiness Records   An improvising trio who've got a familiar structure, but a great sound of their own – as the lineup features Rafal Mazur on an acoustic bass guitar, which creates some very unique moments alongside the tenor of...


DownBeat READERS POLL 2016 Dear friends, again this year, I am grateful to be named among some great alto sax players in the 81st annual Downbeat readers poll. Take 5 minutes of your previous time to vote for your favorite musicians. You can even add any musicians not...


François 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. Vote now for your favorite musicians in the 81st annual DownBeat Readers Poll.

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Francois Carrier, Michel Lambert, Rafal Mazur

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