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.”
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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