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 30 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,
where he composed new works and got acquainted with the Italian musical
So far, François has released more that 18 CDs widely acclaimed
from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as the Far East on labels such
as Justin-Time Records, Spool Records, Leo Records (UK), Ayler Records
(Sweden), Naxos Jazz, 482 Music (Chicago). He has played and recorded
with jazz giants such as Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Bobo Stenson, Tomasz
Stanko, Uri Caine, Jason Moran, Dewey Redman, Mat Maneri, Sonny Greenwich,
Jean-Jacques Avenel, Pierre Côté and has been a long time
collaborator with drummer Michel Lambert. Together, Michel and François
have toured in several occasions in Europe, Asia and Canada.
In February 2008, the British label FMR Records has released the outstanding
“Kathmandu” recorded live in Nepal in October 2006. In June
2008 Leo Records has released “Within”, Carrier’s 11th
album with his guests Michel Lambert and French bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel.
In September 2008, Ayler Records has released a Digital Box Set of 7 live
recordings showcasing different groups from Carrier. In early 2009 the
portugese label Creative Sources Recordings will release a beautiful studio
recording duet album titled "De Nada". In mid 2009 François
plans to release an amazing live recording with guest pianist Bobo Stenson.
European and Asian tours will take place in autumn 2009 as well as in