François Carrier



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


Live at Yamanekoken in Ogose, Saitama, Japan. New Quartet album “JAPAN SUITE” available now!


Cheers to everyone from Shibuya, Tokyo, December 2019

Japan Suite on NoBusiness Records

Japan Suite

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

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

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 new CD titled JAPAN SUITE recorded Live in Japan on December 7, 2019, was recently released on NoBusiness Records. A Japanese and European tour is due in 2021. Francois’ Trio will participate in the Jazzahead of Bremen in Germany on April 29, 2021.

“high level of playing”

MONDAY, MARCH 09, 2020 Posted by Tim Niland Francois Carrier / Tomek Gadecki / Marcin Bozek / Michel Lambert - Wide (FMR, 2019)   Recorded live on May 24, 2018 at MÓZG in Byrgoszcz, Poland, this is a recording of a thrilling free jazz concert with Francois...

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free jazz encounter

***** Wide FMR Recoirds FMRCD556 François Carrier (as); Michel Lambert (dr); Tomek Gadecki (ts); Marcin Bożek (b, French h). May 2018. The giants of kind free jazz encounter the giants of the Polich post-Coltrane free jazz. There is a lot of tension in the air, and...

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WIDE 1st review

First review of our newest album WIDE with Francois Carrier, Michel Lambert, Marcin Bozek and Tomek Gadecki - Bad Alchemy Magazin from Germany, (translated) in English [BA 105 rbd] : The fact that FMR is now pursuing a CD-on-demand policy has remained very consistent:...

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