Jakob Durst is a young and devoted student of many musical forms. Although drawing his main influence from creative and improvised music, namely the Black American Art-form “Jazz”, he is also interested in a variety of other musical stylings such as Classical, Latin, and African music. Jakob’s primary instrument is the tenor saxophone, however he has also learned and studied a variety of other instruments such as flute, clarinet, piano, and most recently, drums. The dedication Jakob shows towards music has lead him to study and perform with many great artists, including Mike Murley, Marianne Trudel, Danny Janklow, and more. Additionally, Jakob was admitted to study at U of T’s prestigious Faculty of Music on scholarship, and started his Bachelor studies this past fall.
Duncan Wilson is an up-and-coming pianist from Orillia, Ontario, currently studying jazz performance at the University of Toronto. Although deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, modelling himself after greats such as Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, Duncan embraces the forward thinking nature of the genre, drawing inspiration from contemporary artists such as Robert Glasper and Brad Mehldau. Despite his ripe age, Duncan has no lack of real-world experience, from leading his own trio to performing as a sideman with several big bands.