Francois Carrier

CARRIER knows how to surround himself, find the most compatible partners, and maintain a recorded presence all over the world. His rich, deep playing that blends lyricism with boldness and a sense of surpassing one’s self has earned him a place in the Eight Annual International Critic’s Poll of El Intruso 2015 and in the DownBeat’s 2013 Best Alto Sax Players List.

In 2001 he won a Juno Award in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category for his third album Compassion (Naxos Jazz).

To date, François combines an impressive discography of over thirty internationally acclaimed albums with legendary 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, Steve Beresford, Rafal Mazur, etc. Drummer Michel Lambert has been his most faithful collaborator. Together, Michel and François undertook several tours in Europe, Asia and Canada.

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Citations/press quotes _______________________________________

« Montreal-based musicians alto saxophonist François Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert have played together and been inseparable for so long that their knowledge and understanding of each other’s instincts verge on the telepathic, » John Eyles⎪The Suid’s Ear⎪2016-06-30

« OUTgoing takes the listener to a bevy of new places and showcases an astonishing amount of inventiveness. » Chris Robinson⎪Moment’s Notice, Point of Departure⎪Mars 2016

« Selected in the Alto Saxophone category for the Eight Annual International Critic’s Poll of el intruso » el intruso ⎪January 2016

« un cri d’amour au cosmos, aux mystères de la création, au pur plaisir d’exister » David Cristol ⎪Improjazz 221⎪Janvier 2016

« Francois is in his consistently inventive, tone-rich, fire-y and noteful mode on alto as always » Greg Edwards⎪gapplegatemusic⎪January 29th 2016

« this is a very impressive piece of music captured for eternity on record and deserves to be heard by all Improvised Music connoisseurs

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Primary Instrument

Sax, alto


Montréal, Qc

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


Free Melodic Improvisation

Clinic/Workshop Information

Workshop / Conference The Zen in the Art of Improvisation

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