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 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.
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.
XAM DUO - XAM DUO II
Production, Composition, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Rhodes, Various Synths
YARD ACT - TBC
Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
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.
(I'll try and keep this updated as much as possible...)
^James Holden and The Animal Spirits
19th - Latitude*
21st - Latitude+
27th - Farm Fest, Somerset^
30th - Copper Owl, Victoria*
31st - Static Jupiter, Vancouver*
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*
13th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds#
17th - YES, Manchester#
19th - Boudica Festival, Coventry*
20th - WIld Paths Festival, Norwich*
2nd - Soup Kitchen, Manchester%
24th - Meet Factory, Prague+
25th - Kulturak Klub, Bratislava+
26th - Dura Kurt, Budapest+
27th - Chmury, Warsaw+
29th - Klub RE, Krakow+
5th - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds%
31st - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - NYE House Band
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*
11th - SXSW Online*
14th - Deaf Institute, Manchester - Ultrasound
15th - Bush Hall, London - Ultrasound
22nd - Elsewhere, Margate*
23rd - Hope & Ruin, Brighton
24th - Moth Club, London
28th - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
29th - Broadcast, Glasgow
30th - The Cluny, Newcastle
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
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.
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