Acme Studios — Francois Carrier

Supporting Artists since 1972

Francois Carrier

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) Residency

François Carrier is an Alto saxophonist, improviser and composer who is widely known for his impressive discography of over 35 internationally acclaimed albums. He has worked 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 and Rafal Mazur and has undertaken several tours with collaborator, Drummer Michel Lambert, across Europe, Asia and Canada.

François has received several notable reviews and awards, including the Annual International Critic’s Poll of El Intruso in 2018, 2017 and 2015 and featured in the DownBeat’s 2013 Best Alto Sax Players List. In 2001 Francois won a Juno Award in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category for his third album Compassion (Naxos Jazz).

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)

In 2008-2009, in partnership with Québec's Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Ministry of International Relations and the Francophonie, and on the recommendation of Arts Council England, Conseil des arts et des lettres (CALQ) approached Acme to establish the Québec Studio in London, thereby expanding the network of residencies offered abroad to Québec artists and writers. The residency provides two six month long residencies per year in Bow, E3 for artists who have at least 10 years' experience of professional practice. Applications and selection are undertaken directly by CALQ.

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