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All About Jazz user Francois Carrier

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Saxophonist, composer, improviser.

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.

So far, François has released 24 CDs on labels such as Justin-Time Records, Spool Records, Leo Records (UK), FMR 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, FMR Records released “Kathmandu” recorded live in Nepal. In June 2008 Leo Records released “Within”, with his guests Michel Lambert and French bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel. In March 2009 Creative Sources released “Nada”. In 2010 François was the guest of Swiss Improv signer Véronique Dubois on a new Leo Records album titled “Being With”.

In 2011 Ayler Records released “Entrance 3” with guest pianist Bobo Stenson. Leo Records released “Inner Spire” recorded live in Moscow, Russia in December 2010. Then “All Out” on FMR and “In Motion” on Leo were launched at the Vortex on December 6th in London with special guests double-bassist John Edwards and pianist Steve Beresford. Overground to The Vortex on Not Two Records is the result of this awesome collaboration. Hence, François lived in London at the Quebec Artist Residency from the CALQ untill January 3rd 2012. Back home in Montreal, François is now working on different projects which will be published soon.

Every life form in the universe is a source of vibration, hence music. So let's sing, dance and play to the sounds of Life. F.C.

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