François Carrier


Carrier, Lambert, Edwards

showcase at JazzAhead, Bremen, Germany, April 28


François playing at JazzAhead 2022 in Bremen, Germany.


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New Albums →

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.

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...

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Estreno concierto

May 4, 2020 - Madrid, Spain Hoy celebramos el #DíaInternacionaldelJazz y lo hacemos estrenando este fragmento del concierto de Francois Carrier, Michel Lambert y Christian Perez en #JazzCírculo que puedes ver a partir de las 21h en la web y a partir de las 21:30h por...

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beauty in its essence.

March 29, 2020 - Barcelona, Spain **** OUTgoing Francois Carrier (as); Steve Beresford (pn); John Edwards (bs); Michel Lambert (dr). FMR Records [FMRCD400] Two and a half years later, they meet again and recorded another excellent album live at The Vortex Jazz Club in...

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