Duane Buford is an award-winning Chicago-based composer and former member of the multi-platinum band Ministry. From an early age, Buford was inspired by jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, catapulting his desire to pursue and ongoing education and career in music. His studies included private lessons with renowned Jazz pianist Alan Swain, as well as curriculum at Chicago Conservatory of Music and Northeastern Illinois University.
A native of Chicago, Buford works with a plethora of local studios and agencies, such as Leo Burnett and Draft, offering his multifaceted skills as a composer, pianist, and programmer. Buford is recognized for his accomplishments as a member of Ministry, which was nominated for a Grammy for their contributions to the feature film, The Matrix. Ministry was also selected by the late film director Stanley Kubrick to perform in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Duane Buford’s collaboration with filmmaker Ronit Bezalel has spanned fifteen years. He began by scoring her award-winning documentary short, Voices of Cabrini (1999), he composed original music for the 2004 film A Day on the Force: Women’s Professional Tackle Football (directed by Bezalel, Laurie Little, Sree Nallamothu), and composed the music for Bezalel’s recent documentary 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green.
Today Buford continues to reside in his hometown of Chicago, focusing his efforts on composition for film, television, and video