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Instrument Design

Client - Savinder Bual & Bristol Beacon (formerly Colston Hall)


Location - Bristol


Year - 2018


Status - Ongoing

The Pineapple Project, Commissioned by Bristol Beacon (formerly Colston Hall) & supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Performed at Bristol Beacon in Bristol in November 2018

The Pineapple Orchestra consists of 10 bow-activated string instruments. When each instrument is played a fresh pineapple top spins and its leaves pluck the strings to create sound. 

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.

The project draws a parallel with the dark colonial history of the pineapple alongside a more positive contemporary view of the fruit to explore how we can create inclusive narratives about today’s society, whilst acknowledging the past. 

In November 2018 The Pineapple Project brought people from all over Bristol together to play the instruments. The 16 piece community orchestra co-created music with a composer over a 2 month period. This culminated in a performance at Colston Hall. Some of the players had never played an instrument before.

Colston Hall has gone through a contentious name change, by disassociating themselves from Edward Colston. Although Colston did great things for the city he was a noted slave trader. The instruments intended to form a playful and disarming entry point into discussions around this matter and about inclusion in our current society in general. 

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