The Duende Project is Chris O’Donnell, drums and humor; Chris Lawton, guitars and discipline; Steven Lanning-Cafaro, bass, keyboards, guitars, and probably another three or ten instruments by the time you read this; Tony Brown, poems, vocals, unintentionally hilarious fretted instrumental attempts.)
Together, these four blend poetry, rock, funk, jazz, reggae, folk, and whatever else works into something much more than the sum of the parts, live or on record.
First founded as a duo by Tony and Steven back in 2006, the band became a trio with the addition of Chris O’Donnell in 2013. Later that year Chris Lawton, who’d been associated with the band as chief cook, bottle washer, drill sergeant, and (most important) producer and studio engineer since before the beginning, came on full time with that mean old Les Paul of his, and there it was.
The band is based in Southern New England, with members living in Massachusetts and Rhode Island from Worcester to south of Providence. They’ve played everywhere from Washington DC to Portland ME, concentrating most of their gigs between NYC and Worcester, MA.