Savinder Bual studied painting at Winchester School of Art and photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Since then her work has exhibited widely, including Bloomberg New Contemporaries; Turner Contemporary; CCA, Wimbledon Space, Focal Point Gallery, The Crafts Council, Animate Projects and Peer Gallery.
Her work has been featured in publications such as It’s Nice That and Vision Magazine, China. She is currently a resident at PM Studios at the Watershed.
Artist Savinder Bual has created a series of visually striking instruments played with spinning pineapple tops. When played the pineapple top spins and its leaves pluck the strings to create sound.
Savinder describes the project as follows:
“Colston Hall, one of the most acclaimed music venues in Bristol, is going through a contentious name change, by disassociating themselves from Edward Colston and opening with a new name in 2020. Although Colston did great things for the city he was a noted slave trader.
The instruments intend to form a playful and disarming entry point into discussions around this matter and about inclusion in our current society in general.
The project draws a parallel with the name change of Colston Hall and the history of the pineapple. Taking into account the dark colonial history of the pineapple alongside a more positive contemporary view of the fruit to explore how we can create relevant and inclusive narratives about today’s society, whilst acknowledging the past.
The pineapple’s contemporary associations with fun, play, warmth and hospitality are in stark contrast to how the pineapple was perceived after Christopher Columbus introduced these fruits to Europe. Back then they represented wealth, power and control of the New World. Due to their rarity they were rented out as the centre piece of British banqueting tables. An intensely visual reminder to guests of the fruits of colonisation, the pineapple was the ultimate status symbol.
The pineapple instruments are playable by all regardless of musical background. They layout a blank canvas whereby everyone can come and enjoy a musical journey without any set rules or techniques.”
Jason Singh is a composer, musician, sound artist, creative producer, facilitator and performer.
He is a solo artist and collaborator who works across a wide range of art forms, music genres, educational practices and sound formats (binaural and ambisonic).
His creative output includes unique live beatbox film scores, large scale ambisonic sound installations, sound design for gallery/museum exhibitions, collaborative experiments with sound, ceramics, textiles and museum objects. He also vocally recreates birdsong and entire forestry environments and his work has featured on the BBC TV shows Imagine, Springwatch and CountryFile.
Singh also receives commissions and collaborates with a wide range of artists and organisations. Some of these include Hull City of Culture 2017, BFI, BBC, V&A Museum, Unity Theatre, Whitworth Gallery, Tate Britain, Royal Exchange Theatre, Nitin Sawhney, Rokia Traore, Shabaka Hutchings, Stuart McCallum, Yazz Ahmed, Sarathy Korwar and Sebastian Rochford.
Singh is deeply committed to music and art education and has been devising and facilitating creative projects since 1999. Between 2006 and 2013 he mentored and toured with musicians from Rajasthan, India and is currently music director of Frequencies, a music project run by Music For Youth. Singh facilitates national and international workshops exploring the voice, body and technology. He works with mainstream and young people with special educational needs (SEN).
Jason is currently the artist in residence for Hull City of Culture 2017, an awardee of the PRS New Music Biennial Award and Associate Artist with Fermynwood Contemporary Arts.
Bristol Plays Music is Bristol’s hub for music education. BPM believes in the power of music to inspire, teach and transform lives. We want to make sure that every young person has access to music education activities and a platform for musical expression.
Through work with partners and venues across Bristol, BPM will join up opportunities for teaching, learning and performance in a way that everyone can access. Our goal is to promote local music-making and our city’s rich musical talent.