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


Christian Perez, Michel Lambert and François Carrier live at Jazz Circulo for the Madrid International Jazz Festival on November 22, 2019


François Carrier and Masayo Koketsu live at Yamanekoken in Ogose, Saitama, Japan. New Quartet album “Japan Suite” coming soon!

Nirguna with Carrier, Hawkins, Edwards & Lambert


by François Carrier, Tomek Gadecki, Marcin Bozek & Michel Lambert | WIDE

Nirguna with Carrier, Hawkins, Edwards & Lambert


by François Carrier, Alexander Hawkins, John Edwards & Michel Lambert | Nirguna

Carrier. Lapin, Lambert


by François Carrier, John Edwards, Michel Lambert | Elements

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

…François Carrier was recently selected in the Annual International Critic’s Poll El Intruso 20182017 and 2015. He was also selected in the DownBeat’s Reader Poll 2013 in the Best Alto Sax Players Lists.

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.

Recordings and concerts

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.

Nota Bene :

A new CD entitled WIDE freshly released on FMR is also starting to cause a sensation in the world of avant-garde music. He will participate in the Jazzahead of Bremen in Germany on April 23, and a new Japanese and European tour is on the program for June and July 2020.

Outstanding achievement!!!

March 27, 2020 - Barcelona, Spain *** Pursuite Amplitude B-JACD-4030 Francois Carrier (as); Yves Jacques (dr); Guy Bernier (tempura); Pierre Côté (b). February 1994. *** Intuition Lost Chart Records LC 1015 François Carrier (as); François Côté (dr); Pierre Côté (b)....

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Beyound Dimensions     "Going on a tour is a fantastic experience. Observing city scenes, interacting with people of different cultures, being attentive, connected to all your senses. Reality becomes an Open Dream. You feel like you’re being worshipped by...

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Downtown Music Gallery

CD | FMR 556   Featuring Francois Carrier on alto sax, Tomek Gadecki on tenor sax, Marcin Bozek on bass & French horn and Michel Lambert on drums. The Quebec-based duo of Francois Carrier and Michel Lambert have been working together for more than a decade,...

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