Let’s move to Montreal in 2006, when Francois Carrier’s ensemble performed on the La Chapelle festival stage with an unusual and astonishing line-up.
The leader recalls that time:
In late 2005, I was putting together my annual series of concerts with both local and international artists and musicians. Two of these nights were dedicated to special guests. At the time, I had just heard of Tomasz Stanko from his beautiful album, Matka Joanna. Instantly, I knew I had to do something with him. I listened to his playing over and over. He is such a unique soul. Soon after, I was able to get in touch with Anna Stanko, his daughter and agent, and we agreed on the terms to have him come to Montréal for two concerts. I felt that having two other musicians I had the blessing to play with over the years would create the perfect and unique sound so I reached out to Mat Maneri and Gary Peacock who both came along. Of course, Michel Lambert would also be part of this ad hoc group adventures.



Release: 12/09/2023

producer, sound and editing François Carrier
assistant Édith Fortier
mastering Greg Piwkowski
art work & graphic designer Anna Kulikowska
executive producer Maciej Karłowski
My deepest gratitude to Tomasz Stańko, Gary
Peacock, Mat Maneri, Michel Lambert, Édith
Fortier, Orfeo Borgani, Maciej Karłowski, Greg
Piwkowski & Anna Kulikowska.
These concerts were made partly possible with
the financial support of the Canada Council for the
Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Openness music entirely improvised by
François Carrier (SOCAN), Mat Maneri (BMI),
Tomasz Stańko (GEMA), Gary Peacock (BMI)
and Michel Lambert (SOCAN)