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Christopher Duffin

Musician, Producer, Composer


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 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

June 2022

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

Upcoming Release


February 2022

Synths, Clav, Electric Pianos, Saxophones, Writing

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Yard Act - The Overload

January 2022

Tenor and Soprano Saxophones


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


Drahla - Useless Coordinates

May 2019

Tenor Saxophone


Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow

June 2018

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


Hookworms - Microshift

February 2018

Tenor & Soprano Saxophones


Virginia Wing / XAM Duo - Tomorrow's Gift

December 2017

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


Deadwall - The Zero Cliff

March 2017

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



November 2016

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



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

Upcoming Stuff...

Hayden Thorpe UK Tour


27th - Louisiana - Bristol

28th - Scala - London

30th - Green Door Store - Brighton

31st - YES - Manchester 

1st - Rough Trade - Nottingham


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.

  • Piano - classical, jazz, contemporary

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

  • Saxophone


Chris teaches from his studio space based in Leeds