Aaron Dolman is a drummer, composer and bandleader born and based in Montréal who has established himself as an imaginative and distinctive voice in the city's creative music scene.

Having performed with many notable North-American and European Jazz musicians, including Petros Klampanis, Kevin Dean, André WhiteSasha BerlinerJean-Michel PilcYesseh Furaha-Ali and Jonathan Lindhorst, as well as members of Canada’s folk and indie music scene, such as Connie Kaldor, Cedric Noel and Aleksi Campagne, he is equally at home performing in contemporary Jazz, experimental and avant-garde contexts as he is in folk, Pop and Rock settings.

Aaron leads the unique trio Dolman/Rossy/Jobin, in which he is joined by vocalists Sarah Rossy and Eugénie Jobin. The group's first album, Are You Here to Help?, was released in March of 2022 and premiered at the OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal, for which the group won the François-Marcaurelle Award. The album is a journey into the primordially evocative quality of drums and the human voice—brought into sharp focus by the group’s strikingly minimalistic instrumentation.  Aaron’s compositions and lyrics blur the line between notated and improvised music, and probe the expressive power of giving and taking Space. In his own words: “This is music about Space. The space between each note, each word, each breath. Between what was, what is, and what could be. The gentle potency of silence. This is music about the spaces that hold the ones we love and that are left empty when they are lost.” LISTEN to the album or WATCH the album trailer to learn more about the project. Dolman/Rossy/Jobin's EPK can be found HERE.

Aaron's debut album, Nostalgia and Other Fantasies, was released in November of 2019. Inspired by the feelings of nostalgia that are stirred up when sifting through old family photos or driving through the Canadian prairies, Aaron weaves together two of his great musical loves—Folk and Jazz—to create songs that sway between evocative melodies, engaging improvisations and delicate soundscapes. The album features his 5-piece chamber-folk ensemble, which includes Caitlin Smith on viola, Zacharie Bachand and Marcus Savard-Lowry on acoustic and electric guitars, and Mathieu McConnell on bass. LISTEN to the album or WATCH the album trailer.

Between September of 2021 and September of 2022 Aaron lived in Basel, Switzerland where he was a member of FocusYear, a unique year-long residency that assembles an 8-piece international ensemble that works and performs with a remarkable roster of visiting artists, under the musical direction of acclaimed Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel. Guests include many of today's most pre-eminent Jazz musicians and composers, the likes of Aaron Parks, Lionel Loueke, Chris Cheek, Kris Davis, Larry Grenadier, Guillermo Klein, Linda May Han Oh, Jorge Rossy, Becca Stevens, and many others. During that year, the ensemble also released Tiny Windows, a collective album of their own compositions, under the German Neuklang label. Tiny Windows can be heard HERE.

Aaron has been the recipient of a number of awards and accolades, most notably the Lou Williamson Jazz Award (2017), The Schulich School of Music Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance (2017) and three Schulich School of Music Scholarships 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from McGill University, where he was a member of the school's flagship ensemble - the Jazz Orchestra 1 - led by Juno-winning composer Christine Jensen. Alayne McGregor of praised Aaron’s “powerful drumming” as a driving force of that “hard-swinging” and “vibrant” ensemble. In his final year of studies, he was invited to share the stage with McGill’s 2019 Catherine Thornhill Steele Guest Artist, acclaimed trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire.


Aaron’s EPK can be found HERE.

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