The Russian Concerts Vol. 1

by François Carrier - Michel Lambert - Alexey Lapin

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The Russian Concerts Vol. 1 is the first of two new albums from this unique Trio to come out on FMR Records this year. The music, entirely improvised by François Carrier, Michel Lambert and Alexey Lapin, was recorded during a series of four concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg in April 2013. Volume 1 showcases four outstanding collective improvisations from their appearances at DOM Cultural Center and at the Nikitskaya Jewish Cultural Center in Moscow.

The music strives to slip mundane bonds, to shoot skyward, to transgress gravity’s hold and a communion with the firmament.

These three architects of spontaneous sound have no interest in permanence or in personal glory but more in the act of striving, of attempting to scale the sky and touch the untouchable. This is why they build these sonic temples with their bare souls.


released May 15, 2014

music entirely improvised by:
François Carrier – alto saxophone
Michel Lambert – drums
Alexey Lapin – piano

Recorded live in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 27 & 28, 2013
Sound and mastering by Alexey Lapin
Produced by François Carrier
© ColyaKooMusic / SOCAN
℗ FMR Records



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François Carrier Montreal, Québec

Alto saxophonist, composer and improviser François Carrier was selected in the Eight Annual International Critic’s Poll of El Intruso 2015 and was also ranked among the DownBeat’s Reader Poll 2013 for Best Alto Sax Players List.

His newest releases iO and OUTgoing and UNKNOWABLE have been selected in numerous Best Jazz Album 2015 lists.

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