Badal Roy & Geoff Warren
Badal Roy began playing the tabla at age 10 or 11, under guidance from his maternal uncle in comilla. After coming to New York, he began performing with Steve Gorn at a Manhattan restaurant called Raga, eventually attracting the attention of Miles Davis. Davis invited Roy to join his group, and he recorded on Davis's albums On the Corner (1972), Big Fun (1969–72; released 1974), and Get Up with It (1970–74). Roy subsequently performed and recorded with many leading jazz musicians, including Davis, Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie, Airto Moreira, Charlie Haden, Purna Das Baul, Yoko Ono, and Ornette Coleman (playing in Coleman's electric band Prime Time). In the 1990s Roy began performing with the Brazilian guitar duo Duofel. He has also collaborated with Ken Wessel and Stomu Takeishi in a fusion trio named Alankar. They currently have one album entitled Daybreak.
Roy has appeared and offered workshops at RhythmFest, the Starwood Festival, and at the SpiritDrum Festival, a special tribute to the late Babatunde Olatunji (co-sponsored by ACE and Musart) with Muruga Booker, Jim Donovan of Rusted Root, Halim El-Dabh, Richie "Shakin'" Nagan, Jeff Rosenbaum and Sikiru Adepoju, among others. He often plays with Muruga Booker in the Global Village Ceremonial Band, and with Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts. In 2004, Roy worked with Richie Havens on the album The Grace of the Sun. In the first half of 2006, Roy travelled to Japan to appear in a tribute for David Baker, his recently deceased recording engineer and friend.
In addition to tabla, Roy also plays a variety of percussion instruments including shakers, bells, rain stick, and flexatone. His notable students include Geoffrey Gordon.
In 2008, the album Miles From India, a tribute to Miles Davis on which Roy appeared, received a Grammy nomination.
A prominent exponent of jazz, contemporary music and ethnic crossover, Geoff Warren is a music graduate from London University who studied flute with Derek Honner of the Royal Academy of Music. He started his jazz career as flautist/saxophonist in the ranks of Graham Collier with whom he played at major music festivals in Europe and Asia, working alongside famous musicians on the British jazz scene such as John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett , John Marshall and Roy Babbington.
In 2012 Geoff conducted the BBC Big Band in their tribute to Graham Collier at the London Jazz Festival, and went on to conduct and oversee the recording of Collier’s last works for the double CD Luminosity, released in 2014. As band leader, with the Geoff Warren Quartet, he has made numerous recordings for BBC national radio and toured in Hungary (1984) and Yugoslavia (1985) for: the British Council. In 1983 the Arts Council of Great Britain, commissioned him to write a composition for this quartet.
His involvement in ethno-jazz has seen Geoff on tour and making records with internationally acclaimed musicians including tablas player, Badal Roy, historic sideman of Miles Davis, with Tartar guitarist Enver Izmailov, and Basque guitarist Balen Lopez De Munain. In 2008 Warren performed his Concerto for Flute, Tablas and Orchestra, with tablas player Arup Kanti Das and the Orchestra of the Teatro Marrucino of Chieti.
Active throughout his career in the teaching of jazz flute his work has been the subject of articles in flute magazines Falaut in Italy, and Pan in Great Britain. From 1985 to 1993 he was a professor on the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Geoff has presented masterclasses in jazz flute at conservatories and art institutions in Italy, Great Britain and Norway. Every year he holds a Jazz Flute Summer School in Abruzzo, Italy, which has attracted participants from all over Europe. In 2010 he recorded Flute Fables, a CD for solo flute, produced by Peter Wiessmueller for the German label, TUTU Records in 2010. In 2011 Geoff Warren became a Yamaha Artist and in 2012 he became Principal Examiner of the Diploma Programme – Music Creating Component for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. 2014 saw the release of two important recordings; first the double CD of Graham Collier’s last suites: Luminosity, in which Geoff conducted the Graham Collier Jazz Ensemble, and second Geoff’s quartet debut album, The Quartet Album.