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Copacrescent is a hiphop/funk band with live instrumentation. The band has played all over Portland in the last year with acts such as Ozomatli, Grouch of Living Legends, Luciano, and many others. High energy with soul.


Copacrescent was formed by Dan DiResta and Chaucer Barnes at Gettysburg College. Upon graduation, they headed to Portland and the rest is history.

Dan DiResta is the self-taught guitarist and composer for Copacrescent. Originally from West Newbury, Massachusetts, Dan comes from a family of professional musicians, including bassist Ken Pendergast (Melody Gardot) and drummer Matt Pendergast (Tonal). Dan has toured France and Switzerland, playing in groups at several festivals including the Lyon and Montreux Jazz Festivals. In Portland, he's played with Ray Frazier, Sirens Echo, The Blacknotes, Copacrescent, C4 Influenz and SambaFeat and has opened for the Wailers, Ozomatli, Grouch of Living Legends, Soliloquists of Sound, Triclops, Bobby Torres, Linda Hornbuckle and Liv Warfield. Dan also plays bass, synth and percussion.

Chaucer started publicly performing the rhymes he had been writing since childhood after a fateful interview on his college radio show in which he got a chance to freestyle on air with a group of MCs from Baltimore, MD. He would eventually go on to join his guests from that night in the loosely-organized rhyme collective known as N.U.O. He began to play shows throughout the DC/Baltimore Metro area, where he was recruited by Drum-and-Bass DJ and producer, Brian DePristo. DePristo commissioned two recordings from Chaucer, one of which, M3L7, went to a limited printing and distribution, and became a favorite spin for a series of DJs from Philadelphia, PA to Richmond, VA. His invitation to sit in with Copacrescent, then an instrumental modern jazz trio, came shortly thereafter.

Rod Nightingale has been playing drums since the age of 4. He plays regularly @ Mt. Olivet Baptist church as well as several other projects: The Linda Hornbuckle band, Copacrescent, Acoustic Minds, Marv Ellis, Oregon Symphony, to name a few. You can catch him weekly @ Poetic Nights every thursday @ The OHM. He's been fortunate to share the stage with some of his favorite artists, most notably The Roots, Ozomatli, and The Doobie Brothers. For more info, check his myspace/rodcnightingale, or youtube/blacknotes.

Chris Ponti, from Stayton, OR. A born artist; dreamt of pursuing a life in visual arts until completely falling in love with music at age 15. He went to Catholic school for 8 years where he picked up the trombone in the third grade. It wasn't until the age of 15 that he discovered the electric bass while listening to friends rehearse. Soon after he replaced the bass player in the group and began to play on a daily basis. After graduating high school, Chris moved to Portland to get involved with a bigger music scene. He has played in various bands in the Portland area for the last 5 years, and studied music in the PSU Jazz program for 3 years before opting out for a Bachelor's of Arts and Letters. Chris has studied privately with bassist Glen Moore for 2 years.

Steve Aman is the keys of Copacrescent. He's originally from Corvallis, OR and has played/plays in several Portland bands including Samabafeat and Grand Union.

What sets Copacrescent apart from other bands is its originality in crossing genres. While keeping the overall vibe of hiphop, Copa infuses everything from latin jazz to hard rock.


So Selective 2008, Copacrescent Demo 2007 and the Backlit EP 2006. We have tracks on our website at We also have a myspace with other info at

Set List

Our sets can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Here's a usual setlist for a 1 to 1 1/2 hours:
Copa Intro
Do My Thing
La Juala
Comin' Up
So Selective
The Times