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Christopher Duffin

Musician, Producer, Composer

 
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Duffin is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer based in the North of England. Pitchfork says that "Duffin isn’t just some decorative noisemaker, but a crucial corrupting influence - he wields his sax like a flamethrower, blasting open portals into unrestrained psych-jazz chaos...like a lion tamer luring his beast into a cage” whilst The Wire describe him as "a slippery antagonist - often fidgety and slyly taking on the characteristics of multiple instruments". A keen collaborator, experimental and in-demand, he is currently recording and touring internationally with avant garde experimental musicians, Virginia Wing, electronic spiritual jazz acts, James Holden and XAM Duo, and providing free improvisation with post punk outfit, Drahla. He splits his time between touring, producing, teaching, and composing music for film and television.

 

Selected Discography

Appearances and releases on labels such as Domino, Island Records, Sonic Cathedral, FIRE, Captured Tracks, Fortuna Pop, Too Pure, Sony, Hatch, Come Play with Me, Polytechnic Youth... 
Below is a small sample of recorded output, composition, arrangement and session work.

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XAM DUO - XAM DUO II

March 2022

Production, Composition, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Rhodes, Various Synths

Upcoming Release
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YARD ACT - TBC

February 2022

Tenor and Soprano Saxophones

Upcoming Release
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BEAUTIFUL LUNCHES - SLUMGULLION

June 2021

Producer, Composition, Saxophones and all other woodwind, Sampling, Rhodes, Synths

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VIRGINIA WING - PRIVATE LIFE

Febuary 2021

Production, Composer, Saxophones / Flutes / Clarinets / Recorders, Bass Guitar, Synths and Pianos

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DRAHLA - USELESS COORDINATES

May 2019

Tenor Saxophone
Co-Writing

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VIRGINIA WING - ECSTATIC ARROW

June 2018

Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Synthesisers, Fender Rhodes, Co-Writing

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HOOKWORMS - MICROSHIFT

February 2018

Tenor & Soprano Saxophones

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VIRGINIA WING / XAM DUO - TOMORROW'S GIFT

December 2017

Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes, Melodica, Various Synthesisers, Writing

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DEADWALL - THE ZERO CLIFF

March 2017

Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Hammond Organ, Philichorda, Saxophones, Moog Little Phatty, Juno 6, Fender VI, Programming, String Arrangements, Writing

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XAM DUO - XAM DUO

November 2016

Tenor & Alto Saxophones, Organs, Synthesisers, Sequencing, Fender Rhodes, writing and production

 
 

Live

Live work has included global tours, international festival appearances, radio sessions and guest spots with the likes of James Holden, Virginia Wing, Hookworms, Drahla, XAM Duo, Modern Nature and many more. 

Live Dates

(I'll try and keep this updated as much as possible...)

*Virginia Wing

^James Holden and The Animal Spirits

+Drahla

#XAM Duo

%Holodrum


July

19th - Latitude*

21st - Latitude+

27th - Farm Fest, Somerset^

30th - Copper Owl, Victoria*

31st - Static Jupiter, Vancouver*

August

1st - Vera Project - Seattle*

2nd, 3rd, 4th - Pickathon Festival, Portland*

5th - Rickshaw Shop, San Francisco*

7th - The Echo, Los Angeles*

9th - Elsewhere, Brooklyn, New York*

16th - Smina Jazz Festival, Romania^

23rd - The Lost Village Festival, Lincoln^

24th - This Must Be The Place, Leeds*

29th - End of The Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens*

September

13th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds#

17th - YES, Manchester#

October

19th - Boudica Festival, Coventry*

20th - WIld Paths Festival, Norwich*

November

2nd - Soup Kitchen, Manchester%

24th - Meet Factory, Prague+

25th - Kulturak Klub, Bratislava+

26th - Dura Kurt, Budapest+

27th - Chmury, Warsaw+

29th - Klub RE, Krakow+

December

5th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds%

31st - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - NYE House Band

2020

March

17th - SXSW, Austin, Texas*

18th - SXSW, Austin, Texas*

19th - SXSW, Austin, Texas*

20th - SXSW, Austin, Texas*

21st - SXSW, Austin, Texas*

24th March - 16th April - USA Tour*

2021

February

11th - SXSW Online*

August

14th - Deaf Institute, Manchester - Ultrasound

15th - Bush Hall, London - Ultrasound

September 

22nd - Elsewhere, Margate*

23rd - Hope & Ruin, Brighton

24th - Moth Club, London

28th - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh

29th - Broadcast, Glasgow

30th - The Cluny, Newcastle

October

1st - Headrow House, Leeds

2nd - The White Hotel, Manchester

6th - Fusion Arts Centre, Oxford

7th - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

8th - The Crofters Rights, Bristol

9th - Blue Moon, Cambridge

 
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Composition and Scores

Bespoke pieces for exhibitions, video, events, advertisements, etc... always open to talking about possible commissions and collaborations.


Filmography - Scores

Alice 404 - Directed by Kate Graham, Alice 404 (pictured) is look at grief through a modern technology lens. 

Scrum - Following the success of Alice 404, Kate Graham and Northern Flowerhouse (Chris and Tom Basri) collaborated once again, this time on the BFI backed, Scrum.

Hairdresser Michelle (Kelli Hollis) arrives at a muddy rugby ground, furious to find that her 14 year-old daughter, Jodie (Emma Wrightson), has cut her face playing rugby league. Despite her daughter’s protests, Michelle bans Jodie from ever playing again.

Set in present day Leeds, Yorkshire, Scrum is an affecting look at a mother-daughter relationship that reminds us sometimes the people we love aren’t quite who we expect them to be, and that’s OK.

 
 

Teaching

Chris teaches from his studio space based in Leeds

  • Piano - classical, jazz, contemporary

  • Keyboards - playing styles, techniques, the studio is full of synthesisers, an upright piano and a Fender Rhodes

  • Saxophone