Raised in Cumbria and now based in London, Bryony Jarman-Pinto is an expressive and adventurous singer-songwriter, combining harmonious vocals and mesmerising jazz-fused melodies with personal and complex lyrics. Born in London, Bryony moved to Penrith, Cumbria in the North West of England with her family when she was 8; “To begin with, there was a big culture shock for my sister and I being part of a handful of BAME children in the town. However, I loved growing up in Cumbria, having freedoms I don’t think I would have had in a city”.
With both of her parents as musicians, Bryony grew up surrounded by the art form, attending singing workshops with her mum from a very young age. Taking inspiration from the jazz vocalists and jam musicians she used to fall asleep listening to as a child, there is a jazz core at the heart of her music.
As she grew up, Bryony began to participate in the workshops and projects her mum set up in Cumbria. It was while at BlueJam Arts that she learnt to play in a band and perform alongside long-time friend and collaborator Tom Leah AKA Werkha. Whilst at Glasgow School of Art studying Painting and Printmaking, it was Tom that encouraged Bryony back towards music; the two began playing with samplers and loopers, exploring electronic sounds and Bryony’s softer vocal improvisation. During this time, she wrote and recorded the vocal line for Werkha’s track “Sidesteppin’”.
Exploring a crossover of genres as she develops her style as an artist, Bryony Jarman-Pinto finds herself increasingly working with the jazz and world influences of her youth, for a sound that is truly her own.
Her debut album ‘Cage & Aviary’ is out now, written over the course of three years, the album ties personal reflection to wider social issues, giving an intimate insight in to what it means to come of age in today’s world. Sophisticated songwriting is brought to life with Bryony’s harmonious vocals, layered with jazz, soul and elements of folk, creating a melodic sound that has charmed major tastemakers, including Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music), Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Laurent Garnier (Worldwide FM), Robert Elms (BBC Radio London), John Kennedy (Radio X) and Jeremy Sole (KCRW); receiving praise from publications including Clash and DUMMY.