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Spangenberg directs his universal talent at fulfilling his ambitious plan of performing only Nirvana tracks on the grand piano – a tribute to one of rock history’s most influential bands.

Spangenberg directs his universal talent at fulfilling his ambitious plan of performing only Nirvana tracks on the grand piano – a tribute to one of rock history’s most influential bands.

The idea of performing songs by the grunge band only on piano seems far-fetched. But although the two worlds are almost at opposite ends of the spectrum, they are emotionally closer than one might imagine. The songs of the world-famous garage rock band from the early 90s, with its distorted guitars and screaming voices are full of punk, dirt and drugs.

 

The grand old, graceful grand piano is of an altogether different ilk. One cannot but wonder what would have happened if Kurt Cobain had not just spat on Elton John’s piano at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, but actually played it. Presumably the piano, just like the band’s own instruments, would have fallen prey to the musicians’ propensity for destruction.

 

Although Christoph Spangenberg is unlikely to destroy the grand, he will nevertheless use every conceivable means to hammer out songs like About A Girl, Come As You Are and Smells Like Teen Spirit in his very own, unique way. A former student of the Shaolin monks, he draws on the wisdom of Far Eastern culture as well as his outstanding education in Germany and New York.