Known for using 'composition as a guidepost rather than a predetermined path' (All About Jazz), the François Carrier Trio features three of Canada's most respected improvisers. Founded in 1990, the Juno award-winning, Quebec-based group has recorded for labels such as Naxos Jazz and Justin Time, and collaborated with special guest pianists Steve Amirault, Uri Caine, Jason Moran, and Bobo Stenson. Now, for the first time, these 'advanced musicians who refuse to settle for the status quo' (All Music Guide) have documented the raw exuberance of their live performances on record, with seven improvisations and two compositions from their 2000 Canadian tour. Improviser François Carrier has captivated critics and audiences alike with his intense and original playing. Inspired by the vibrating and dynamic power of sounds, Carrier is interested in exploring what he calls the 'emotional atmosphere' in music, and in celebrating ephemeral beauty of the passing moment. With the formation of the François Carrier Trio, with Pierre Côté and François Côté, in 1990, Carrier increasingly devoted himself to composition. Soon after, he released his first album, Poursuite, composed entirely of original pieces. In 1997 came Intuition, for which the trio received a nomination at the Gala de l'ADISQ (Québec's Music Awards show) in 1998, in the category 'Album Jazz de l'Année.' In 1998, with a desire to experiment, to create and to further explore the possibilities of acoustic music, he founded NoEMI (Nouvel Ensemble de Musique Improvisée), which united a diverse array of musicians and composers. This ensemble played at the Festival de Jazz de Québec as well as at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. For the third recording, Compassion (Naxos Jazz), the trio became Pierre Côté and drummer Michel Lambert, and featured pianist Steve Amirault on three pieces to form the François Carrier Trio + 1. In 2001, Compassion was awarded Canada's Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. In 2001, the François Carrier Trio recorded with pianist Uri Caine to create All'Alba (Justin Time), which garnered rave reviews in Northa America and Europe.
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