FRANÇOIS AND MASAYO
François Carrier and Masayo Koketsu live at Yamanekoken in Ogose, Saitama, Japan. New Quartet album “Japan Suite” coming soon!
Alto sax, free jazz, improv music, avant-garde…
…François Carrier was recently selected in the Annual International Critic’s Poll El Intruso 2018, 2017 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 :
His recent titles Beyond Dimensions and Elements on FMR had several rave reviews. A new double album was just release by Polish label Fundacja Słuchaj. François have been touring Europe and Japan in November and December 2019.
***** Nirguna Fundacja Sluchaj! FSR05|2019 2 CDsFrançois Francois Carrier (as, Chinese oboe); Michel Lambert (dr); John Edwards (b); Alexander Hawkins (p). June 2017. François Carrier and Michel Lambert played in a quartet with John Edwards in the legendary Vortex in...
Once again, I am honoured and grateful for being nominated among the best alto saxophone players of the year on El Intruso Annual International Critics Poll.
**** Elements FMR Records FMRCD501 Francois Carrier (as, Chinese oboe); Michel Lambert (dr); John Edwards (b). May 2015, May 2016. By Maciej Lewenstein François and Michel are back with John Edwards, but without Steve Beresford. These wonderful live recordings stem...