exposed to other influences, notably the memorable performance of The Art Ensemble
of Chicago's in Paris. She went on to participate in jazz workshops with Jacques
Thollot, Daniel Humair, Henri Texier and Claudine eventually founded a free jazz
1983 she obtained a SACEM prize at the la Défense competition.
composes for theater, dance and has also put out a compilation of her works (publisher:
began touring with the musical show , "Cirque de Barbarie", then with her own
groups after being influenced by the American drummer John Betsch, with whom she
recorded her albums " Camargue " (as well as with the regretted saxophonist Jim
Pepper) and " Healing Force " - between European sensibility et American groove.
love of African cultures and rhythms has led her to collaborate with musicians
from Cameroon and Benin with whom she created the
a band which mixes jazz and sounds from contemporary African
sources. The Quintet has toured in France and Africa. In 2002 the album " Amazon
was released with saxophonist Jean-Jacques Élangué, trumpeter Nicolas Genest,
bassist André Nkouaga and drummer Denis Tchangou.
continuing her adventure with the Métis Quintet, at the
beginning of 2004 she released " Lonely
Woman " (Marge)
François Quartet a new 'Post Bop" album with
Steve Potts (saxophone), Jean-Jacques Avenel (double bass),
and John Betsch (drums).
well named "Piano
Solo, was digitally released in 2010 on the label
recentely worked with New Yorkan guitar player Dan Rose
for their duet album "Oasis"
(Enja 2013) and has released begining of 2014 the album
Eagle" with Hamid Drake (drums) & Hubert
Dupont (acoustic bass) on label Futura Marge.
François also plays with:
Marion Brown, Richard Raux, Bobby Rangell, Rasul
Siddik, Iraru Oki, Bobby Few, Dan Rose, Stefan Persiani, Kent Carter, Wayne Dockery,
Paolo Cardoso, Gildas Scouarnec, Jack Gregg, James Lewis, François Mechali, Raymond
Doumbe, Noël McGhee, Bob De Meo, Brice Wassy, Orlando Poleo, Roger Raspail, Tiacoh
Sadia, Lee Konitz … and numerous other musicians.
Paris she has performed at : New Morning, Petit Journal Montparnasse, Duc des
Lombards, Sunset, Auvers’Jazz, L’Archipel, 7 Lézards, Baiser Salé, Latitudes,
Alligators, Eustache, Mécène, Café de la Plage, Village, L’Arganier, Cithéa, Franc
Europe and other places in France : Berlin, Munich, Francfort, Hambourg, Hannovre,
Freiburg, Stuttgart, Ulm, Karlsruhe, Luxembourg, Vienne, Copenhague, Amsterdam,
Bruxelles, Gand, Venise, Londres, Genève, Zurich, Athènes, Istanbul, Bilbao, Lisbonne,
Porto, Metz, Avignon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Périgueux, Rouen, La Ciotat…
has performed in Africa (Douala, Yaoundé, Cotonou, Abidjan,
Maputo …), in the U.S.A.
in in many clubs,
venues and festivals