Fini Bearman

Senior Lecturer: Popular Music

Biography

Job title: Senior Lecturer: Popular Music

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Popular), BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting)

Specialisms: Songwriting and Composition

 

Fini Bearman is an acclaimed UK jazz vocalist/composer currently based in London. With her acclaimed, third studio album Burn the Boat, Bearman’s songs engage the listener in a captivating and genuine way - ‘The most memorable collection of self-penned songs youll hear all year…’  **** (Jazzwise) A classy release which shows how some of the most enriching music is made in the cracks between genres and where cultures meet.**** (The Guardian).

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music (BMus Jazz Studies, 2007) and Jazz Institute Berlin (MMus Composition and Performance, 2009), Fini has built a career performing at major festivals and venues across the UK and Europe, notably London Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, and venues including Ronnie Scotts, The Barbican, The A-Trane (Berlin) and Jazzland (Vienna). Fini has been nominated for various awards including Jazz Singer of the Year by the Global Music Foundation, and was the recipient for several music prizes including the Hampshire Music Foundation and the Arts Council England and Jazz Services touring scheme.

As a performer and composer Fini has worked with numerous artists including Guillermo Klein, Kenny Wheeler, Bobby McFerrin and John Hollenbeck. Other notable ongoing collaborations include work with the award-winning pianist composer Tom Hewson with whom she premiered their new work Midnight’s Children at the London Jazz Festival 2015; Raph Clarkson’s band ‘Dissolute Society’ (album out on Babel, Spring 2017); duo with bassist Tom Farmer (Empirical); and a new cross-continental collaboration with Berlin based vocalist/improvisor Zola Mennenöh called TRANSLATE. Fini’s music has had frequent radio play including BBC 2 with Jamie Callum, JazzFM, BBC London, 'In Tune' on BBC 3, BBC 2, BBC Kent, Hoxton Radio, Resonance as well as stations across Europe.

Fini also teaches songwriting and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London.

www.finibearman.com

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