All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Bryan and the Aardvarks

Bryan and the Aardvarks

Bryan Copeland formed Bryan and the Aardvarks in order to explore an inventive new sound that derived from his jazz training as well as his upbringing in pop and country music. The music he writes for the quartet combines a hushed intimacy with memorable, singable melodies and a narrative directness that nevertheless leaves space for expressive improvisation. In pianist Fabian Almazan, vibraphonist Chris Dingman, and drummer Joe Nero, he has assembled a distinctive ensemble able to flesh out his unique compositions.

“These guys are all very sensitive musicians,” Copeland says. “Their main focus is making music sound beautiful. There’s no ego involved. These guys are all amazing technical masters, but they put all that stuff aside to develop this group sound.”

Raised in the North Texas panhandle and later in the more urban centers of Dallas and Austin, Copeland grew up surrounded by country music – which he rejected as a child but later came to appreciate. Instead, his tastes turned more to pop, rock, and singer-songwriter music, especially the likes of The Kinks, David Bowie, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake. The latter two, who combine an incisive expressiveness with an air of mystery, seem especially relevant influences on Bryan and the Aardvarks.

Copeland hit on the sound of Bryan and the Aardvarks organically, while coping with the death of a close friend from Texas

Read more


Album Review
Read more articles
”This is a band with dynamic flux in its DNA, and brisk technique in its bloodstream.” - Nate Chinen, NY Times

“The melody-centric compositions shimmer across deeply cinematic soundscapes.” - Marlon Bishop, NPR

“Bryan and the Aardvarks - Like Claudia Quintet crossed with Pat Metheny Group. Pastoral shred - I love it!” - Hank Shteamer, Time Out NY


Sounds from the Deep...

Biophilia Records


To Gaze Out The Cupola Module

From: Sounds from the Deep Field
By Bryan and the Aardvarks

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.