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.
Geoff has an ongoing working relationship with dancer/choregrapher/ writer and lyricist Aparajita, pen-name Ruth-Sharon Koch, with whom he wrote the Musical Poker (Tutu GD 888 150) presenting music and dance performances at theatres and arts centres in and around Munich, Germany, including The Danceablitlity of Jazz from 1996 to 1999 at venues such as the Freies Musikzentrum, Munich, Jazzclubs in Moosburg, Dachau, Freising etc., Ruderschlag und Herzschlag in the Gasteig in 2000, Flute Fables in Interim Bürgertreff-Laim 2010 and Calcutta Song Book in 2014. Their experiments particularly with chronosynclstic improvisation, jazz and modern dance, as well as ethnic jazz incorporating Indian dance forms have been elucidating experiences for both the artists and their audiences.
In 2011 Geoff Warren became a Yamaha Artist.
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 debut album in a quartet format “The Quartet Album”
2012 London Jazz Festival with the BBC Big Band.
Recording Graham Collier’s last works at Livingston Studios London, July 2013.