François Carrier


Carrier, Lambert, Edwards

showcase at JazzAhead, Bremen, Germany, April 28


François playing at JazzAhead 2022 in Bremen, Germany.


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Openness by François Carrier Ensemble


by François Carrier, Mat Maneri, Tomasz Stanko, Gary Peacock, Michel Lambert | Glow

Unwalled by Francois Carrier

Open End

by François Carrier, Alexander von Schlippenbach, John Edwards, Michel Lambert | Unwalled

Japan Suite by Francois Carrier

風と雲に登る Climb the wind and clouds

by François Carrier, Masayo Koketsu, Daisuke Fuwa, Takashi Itani | Japan Suite

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 35 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 recently released album Unwalled on the Polish label Fundacja Słuchaj is receiving several rave reviews. During its 2022 tour the trio composed of François Carrier, John Edwards and Michel Lambert presented a memorable concert at JazzAhead in Bremen, Germany.

JazzTokyo review of Glow

『Francois Carrier/GLOW』 『フランソワ・キャリエ/グロウ』 text by Kimio Oikawa 及川公生 2019年6月5日、スペイン、バルセロナのSodeAcusticでライブ録音 管の豊かなサウンドに驚嘆。オンマイクには違いないが、響きを豊かに取り込んでいて、マイキングの謎に耳は張り付く。Drsの響きを丁寧に録音していることが印象強く、これが空間感触を強くミックス·バランスを表す。この技は強く印象に残る。 Translation from Japanese to English: Marvel at...

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Freedom of thought

New Polish review of Glow in Trybuna Muzyki Spontanicznej [Spontaneous Music Tribune].  Polish review here : François Carrier, Pablo Schvarzman, Diego Caicedo and Michel Lambert Glow (FMR Records, CD 2021) Translation from Polish to English here : Soda Acústic in...

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Brilliant alto saxophone playing…

"Brilliant alto saxophone playing..." Today's review of our new album GLOW with Michel, Diego, Pablo in is by an exciting alto saxophonist who in a quartet that makes exciting music. Swedish review here : FRANÇOIS CARRIER «Glow» [FMR] Translation from...

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