About Us

MATT DAY

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piano

Matt Day was born in Victoria B.C., in 1969. He began dabbling with the piano in his mid teens and finally began studying music in 1988. He holds a BA with a music major from Concordia College and a diploma in jazz (performance major from Grant MacEwan College), both in Edmonton, Alberta.

Matt has been an active musician on the Alberta music scene since the early 90's. He has had the privilege of playing with jazz/blues legend, Clarence "Big" Miller, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and The Calgary Philharmonic. Most recently Matt performed with Bob Carlisle, writer of the number one hit "Butterfly Kisses".   In May, 2005, Matt had the distinct privilege of playing for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  An accomplished pianist and entertainer, Matt has performed for television specials, fund-raisers, community events and even the wedding of Ms. Canadian Universe 1998. Matt's abilities as a session musician and songwriter / arranger are also in demand. He has written, scored and directed several full length musicals and is heard on many recordings. His unique subtle playing style and dynamic personality not only bring a certain freshness to the piano but make him a true delight to the listener.

Matt is a member of the Durksen/Day Duo, Razor's Edge and runs his own musical services company, Music 2000. He is happily married and is the father of 4 young children.

GLENN DURKSEN

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bass

Glenn's outstanding abilities as a bassist are the accumulation of 35 years of study (music graduate, Grant MacEwan College), performing, touring, teaching and session work. He has performed with respected artists throughout his long and varied career. He's a veteran of many full-scale musical productions, has toured North America extensively and has had the great privilege of performing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, home of "The Grand Ole Opry". His performance at the Ryman was telecast to an estimated 90 million households worldwide and is a personal career highlight for him. He has performed on many other television programs throughout North America over the years as well.

Glenn considers himself blessed to be able to work as a "full-time" musician again since leaving a very successful 15 year career as Vice-president of an International Advertising Agency in 1994. He and his wife of 29 years (Twyla) have one son (Brady).

He presently performs as a member of several local bands which including The Durksen/Day Duo, Wes Yaciuk Quintet, Razor's Edge, Sandy Foster and has toured extensively with award winning Celtic Gospel artist Debbie Zepick. In addition to this he still finds time to freelance. From jazz, rock, fusion and country through to gospel, folk and Celtic, Glenn plays it all.

WES YACIUK

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guitar

Wes currently performs with The Flextime Trio, which was the house band of the world renowned Jasper Park Lodge for 12 years.

Wes has enjoyed performing with many well known local and international artists and musicians. They include stars such:

Wes was band leader and musical director for:

Played on countless recordings and demos on local artists and projects in various local studios over three decades. He recorded with various stylistic artists, such as:

The Edmonton Jazz festival and a CBC radio telethon has featured original music that was written by Wes.
Taught guitar clinics at well known North American event Breakforth and other venues.
Taught hundreds of students private guitar lessons. Some who have become career musicians.
Have performed various styles ranging from Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk, Dixieland,Country, Gospel and Classical.