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Alto saxophonist and improviser François Carrier have the ability to find the most compatible partners and 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 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 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. 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. His recent titles Beyond Dimensions and Elements on FMR had several rave reviews. A new double album was just release by Polish label Fundacja Słuchaj. François will be touring Europe in November and Japan in December 2019.

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« – 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. » Ken Waxman⎪JazzWord⎪August 23, 2019

« Out of Silence” is the masterpiece of the Carrier-Lambert duo! » Maciej Lewenstein⎪Spain⎪24 Deceber 2018

« The primitivism of the improvisations often alternates with extreme sophistication both feed the music’s dynamic impulse all of which results in a novelty of language that is so impressive it borders on extreme genius

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto



Willing to teach

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Free Melodic Improvisation

Clinic/Workshop Information

Workshop / Conference The Zen in the Art of Improvisation


Albums by Francois Carrier

Album WIDE by Francois Carrier


FMR Records

Album Elements by Francois Carrier


FMR Records

Album Nirguna by Francois Carrier


Fundacja Słuchaj

Album Beyond Dimensions by Francois Carrier

Beyond Dimensions

FMR Records

Album Out Of Silence by Francois Carrier

Out Of Silence

FMR Records

Himalayan Beauty

Himalayan Beauty

Francois Carrier


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