Composed by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Bishi, A Song for London was premiered in a public performance by pupils from Swanlea School in Whitechapel in November 2021. It premiered online on 4 November 2021.
A Song for London Can you hear our Souls? has been inspired by the children of Swanlea School and their feelings and experiences during the pandemic. Following a creative workshop with the children, Bishi was inspired to write lyrics reflecting their feelings, sharing the pupils’ journey through lockdown and they emerge from the pandemic.
About Bishi: Bishi is a singer, electronic rock-sitarist, composer, producer, and performer born in London of Bengali heritage. As a multi-instrumentalist she has been trained in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles, and studied the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar.
Bishi has written, performed and released two albums and five EP’s on her own label Gryphon Records to critical acclaim. Her most recent single ‘Don’t Shoot The Messenger,’ was produced by Tony Visconti.
Bishi is the founder of WITCiH: The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub, a platform elevating Womxn in Tech. She launched the podcast ‘Creative Women in Tech,’ in May 2020; Bishi’s collaborations and commissions for the stage include: The London Symphony Orchestra, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono’s ‘Meltdown’, The Science Gallery, Joanna McGregor, Nick Knight’s ‘SHOWstudio’, a film collaboration with fashion designer Manish Arora, and session work with Sean Ono Lennon, Jarvis Cocker, Daphne Guinness & City of London Sinfonia as a Tanpura soloist on Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Water.’ She is a producer for LANDR’s pro network.
A passionate advocate for diversity in the music industry & the gender equality of women in tech, Bishi has been a broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, an ambassador for the FAC and a lead panelist at London’s Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Saffron Records & Spitfire Audio. She is a creative advisor for Festival 2022.