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Alto saxophonist and improviser François Carrier is definitely going his own way. Carrier singular vision has led him to maintain a wide 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 Annual International Critic’s Poll of El Intruso of El Intruso 2018, 2017 as well as 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 35 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.

His six-month residencies in Rome 2002 and London 2011 allowed him to pursue research and exploration work as a saxophonist composer and he also created bonds with musical circles. Among other things, he composed his Free Opera and organised a good number of recording sessions with several European musicians.

In 2005 he was spotted by British label Leo Records with whom he released five unique albums. Several European avant-garde music labels then join the party such as Creative Sources (Portugal), Ayler Records (Sweden-France), FMR Records (England), Not Two Records (Poland). Following the major international media coverage, the demands keep multiplying.

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« – The music is exploratory and continuously evolving as it proceeds, successfully accomplishing its purpose » Music and More⎪USA⎪March 09, 2020

« – they’re demonstrating an innovative point of view, masterful virtuosity, splendid playing technique and exclusive musical language. This album is another one great example of collaboration between four impressive jazz masters. » AvantScena⎪USA⎪August 28, 2019

« The elements exposed throughout are high quality musicianship coupled with limitless inspiration

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto

Location

Montreal

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Free Melodic Improvisation

Clinic/Workshop Information

Workshop / Conference The Zen in the Art of Improvisation

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Album WIDE by Francois Carrier

WIDE

FMR Records
2020

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Album Japan Suite by Francois Carrier

Japan Suite

NoBusiness Records
2020

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Album Elements by Francois Carrier

Elements

FMR Records
2019

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Album Nirguna by Francois Carrier

Nirguna

Fundacja Słuchaj
2019

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Album Beyond Dimensions by Francois Carrier

Beyond Dimensions

FMR Records
2018

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Album Out Of Silence by Francois Carrier

Out Of Silence

FMR Records
2017

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Himalayan Beauty

Himalayan Beauty

Francois Carrier
Kathmandu

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