The Pineapple Project: Pineapple Jam

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Join The Pineapple Band. Book a free space on one of these open jam sessions where you will encounter and play a series of innovative and curious pineapple instruments created by artist Savinder Bual, as well as percussion instruments from around the world. After the ‘pineapple jam’ there will be the opportunity to join the band for five rehearsals, culminating in a performance at Colston Hall on Thursday 22 November.

About the Pineapple Project

The Pineapple Project is an artistic response to the decision to reopen the transformed Colston Hall in 2020 with a new name. 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. Made with gourds, wood and strings from different world instruments, they encourage a playful and experimental approach to music.

We want to use the pineapple instruments to create a common ground for different community members to co-create music and listen to each other. The instruments are playable by all regardless of musical background. Through the ever changing sound produced by the fresh pineapple tops, we encourage the participants to be in the present. The instruments layout a blank canvas whereby everyone can come and enjoy a musical journey without any set rules or techniques.

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 pineapple is significant as today it is a popular fashion motif due to its association with fun, play, warmth and hospitality. This is in stark contrast however to how the pineapple was perceived after Christoper Columbus introduced these fruits to Europe. Back then they represented wealth, power and control of the New World/Tropics.

We will be bringing together people from various communities in Bristol. Participants will be introduced to the project and invited to collaborate with a composer to create a musical performance at Colston Hall.”

To find out more about Colston Hall’s transformation visit:

Commissioned by Colston Hall with funding from Arts Council England.

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