Born: June 5, 1961
Alto and soprano saxophonist, composer and improviser François Carrier was awarded the Juno Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” in March 2001 for his Compassion album on Naxos Jazz.
In his 35 years musical career François has played in numerous jazz festivals around the world, including the Festival de Jazz de Montreux, the Jazz à Vienne in France, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Jazzmandu Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, to name a few.
In 2002 François stayed six months in the Quebec Studio in Rome (CALQ), where he composed new works and got acquainted with the Italian musical milieu....
- Shoreditch, London, December 2011: One great gig, two fine albums
- Francois Carrier Trio Live in Russia
- Inner Spire by John Eyles
- Entrance 3 by Glenn Astarita
- Entrance 3 by Mark Corroto
- Within by Budd Kopman
- Kathmandu by Budd Kopman
« Here, Carrier’s spirited attack is fused with grace, power and lyrically resplendent voicings, amid ventures into the freer realm. » GLENN ASTARIT / AllAboutJazz / July 2011
« Francois Carrier has style. He keeps a balance between sound, linear content and expressivity in ways that are original and enlivening. » Grego Edwards /gapplegatemusicreviewree / June 2011
« Canadian saxman François Carrier smelts a molten spirituality into a silvery, vibrato-less alto sax sound on anew release that blasts off from Coltrane but find its own trajectory...
Primary InstrumentSax, alto
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundFree Melodic Improvisation
Clinic/Workshop InformationWorkshop / Conference The Zen in the Art of Improvisation