François Carrier


Carrier, Lambert, Edwards

showcase at JazzAhead, Bremen, Germany, April 28


François playing at JazzAhead 2022 in Bremen, Germany.


こんにちは from Shibuya, Tokyo, December 2019

New Albums →

Unwalled by Francois Carrier

Open End

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



by François Carrier, Pablo Schvarzman, Diego Caicedo, Michel Lambert | Glow

Japan Suite on NoBusiness Records

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 :

A CD titled JAPAN SUITE recorded Live in Japan on December 7, 2019, was recently released on NoBusiness Records. His new album Glow on FMR Records released on November 15, 2022 already gets lots of attention by the medias. Francois’ Trio will participate in the Jazzahead of Bremen in Germany on April 2022. A European and Japanese tour is due in June 2022. 

R.I.P. Lee Konitz

Full Potentiel   The probability of being alive in this vast universe is nearly impossible when you think about it. And yet we are here, all of us, here and now. We were all born with certain abilities. Others would call that talent. Few of us become aware of our full...

read more

A multi-carat diamond!!!

La soirée japonaise III ***** Japan Suite NoBusiness Records NBCD 125 François Francois Carrier (as); Masayo Koketsu (as); Daisuke Fuwa (b); Takashi Itani (dr, perc).} December 2019. NoBusiness Record also made several fantastic releases during the Covid19 era: "Japan...

read more