Fini Bearman is a London based singer, songwriter and composer. Her music melds influences as diverse as jazz, folk and contemporary music into an 'arresting and uniquely personal' sound. Sometimes dealing with settings of poetry or pre-existing texts, and other times with original lyrics or open, wordless evocations, this music is honest yet witty, mixing lush harmony and orchestration with contemporary grooves.
Fini released her latest album 'Burn the Boat' in October 2016 and it has already received much glowing reviews from peers and critics including ****'s from Jazzwise, allaboutjazz, the Guardian and the arts desk.
'.. (Fini) has an irresistible voice... She is an expressive singer, and an intriguing composer and lyricist...'
Bruce Lindsay, allaboutjazz.com
Since graduating with an MMus in composition and performance, Fini has built up an impressive profile performing across the UK and Europe. In 2010 she was a nominee for London Jazz Vocalist by the Global Music Foundation and in 2011 was a runner up at the 'Jazz Voices' competition in Klaipeda, Lithuania, as well as the 'Voicingers' jazz singing competition in Zory, Poland.
Fini has performed at prestigious venues across the UK including Ronnie Scotts, The Sage Gateshead, Kings Place, the 606 Jazz club, Pizza Express Dean Street and the Barbican, as well as European venues including the A-Trane, Schlott (Berlin), Cafe Mercedes Jazz (Valencia) and New York venues Dizzys (Jazz at the Lincoln Center) and Smalls. She has also performed at numerous festivals including the London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival, City of London Festival, Southport Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival and Howden Jazz Singers Festival.
'…A stunning album..A thing of unsurpassed beauty. One of the most memorable collections of self-penned songs you’ll hear this year’ ****
Peter Quinn (Jazzwise Magazine)
Airplay and radio performances include BBC 2 with Jamie Callum, JazzFM, 'In Spirit' with Jumoke Fashola on BBC London, 'In Tune' on BBC 3, Radio 2 with Aled Jones and BBC Kent with Roger Day and Trudy Kerr, Resonance FM, Jazz Radio Berlin, BR-Klassik (München) and Hoxton Radio. Fini has played and performed with world class musicians including Guillermo Klein, John Hollenbeck, Kenny Werner, Jim Black, Bobby McFerrin, Cleo Laine, Jon Hendricks, John Taylor, Christine Tobin, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler, Albert Hera, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Nikki Iles, Liam Noble, Bobby Wellins...
'Fini has a rare sense of melody running through her eclectic compositions, full of catchy twists and turns. Her voice, effortlessly moving between a light precision and a warm soulfulness is unmistakably her own...'
Liam Noble, pianist, composer
Fini studied voice (classical and jazz) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she spent 4 years on the BMus programme under the tutelage of Anita Wardell, Lee Gibson, Martin Hathaway, Martin Speake and Pete Churchill. Fini became the first vocalist/ composer to be accepted onto the Masters course at the Jazz Institute Berlin, Germany, where she studied composition with US guitarist and composer Kurt Rosenwinkel, and singing with US vocalist and improvisor Judy Niemack.
Fini has delivered masterclasses, workshops and 1:2:1 tuition at various institutions, including Goldsmiths University, Leeds College of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Institute of Contemporary Music and Performance, Falmouth University Summer School and Berklee College of Music (Valencia).
Fini recently became the first professor of songwriting on the Jazz Degree at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and also teaches 1:2:1 and lectures in songwriting and composition at Leeds College of Music and Kent University.