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‘The Symphonic Nirvana’ to be released by 429 Records

Stephanie Sokol for The Pit

The same day Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 429 Records announced that “The Symphonic Nirvana,” a classical take on Nirvana’s grungy rock music, will be released September 2nd.

Jaz Coleman, who is composing this work, has found success with similar albums, including “Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones,” “Us and Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd” and “Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin.” Those works made it to No. 1 on Billboard’s Classic Crossover Chart.

This project is important to Coleman because of the impact “Killing Joke” had on Nirvana, which was performed by Dave Grohl in its 2003 release.

“I am currently completing an epic symphonic arrangement of Nirvana’s music which is soon to be recorded with the Moscow State Orchestra to mark the life and death of Kurt Cobain,” Coleman said in a press release. “After receiving a Christmas card from Kurt in 1990 and recording with Dave Grohl in 2003, scoring the work can be likened to a musical dialogue with a familiar disincarnate spirit. It is not a religious work per se–the music of Nirvana is superimposed over concepts such as the multiverse and quantum immortality. It is a great honor to have this opportunity and considering all the synchronicity and coincidences, I feel born for this one.”

Recording will take place at Mosfilm Studios in Russia, with the music performed by the Russian State Symphony Cinema Orchestra. Part of “Lithium” was debut at the Dubai World Cup, performed by a 100 piece orchestra Jaz conducted.

Following the album’s release, the premiere performance will take place at Royal Albert Hall in London on October 17, with tickets going on sale April 25.

So far, the following tracks will be included on the album, though Coleman is confident there will be more:

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. Lithium
  3. Heart Shaped Box
  4. Dumb
  5. Come As You Are
  6. Scentless Apprentice

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Detroit native Porcelain Black teases album with live video series

Porcelain Black grew up in Detroit, and will be releasing a series of five live videos with personal intros. Photo courtesy of Porcelain Black
Porcelain Black grew up in Detroit, and will be releasing a series of five live videos with personal intros. Photo courtesy of Porcelain Black

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press

Fans of Detroit native and musician Porcelain Black should know who is behind the music they listen to.

Alaina Marie Beaton, known more commonly by her stage name, began releasing a series of five live performance videos with personal narrative intros on her Youtube channel “PorcelainBlackMusic” last week.

“Coming from Detroit, it’s a very real place,” Black said. “I live in L.A., and it’s just so fake and different. I just feel it’s good for people to know your story and learn about you, to connect with you on more of a person-to-person level, not just like, ‘Look at my fancy videos, look at what I’m doing’ — people can relate to you more and know that you’ve been through things as well.”

The live performances were filmed during a private show at SIR in Hollywood two months ago.

Black said she spent a lot of time figuring out exactly what she wanted to discuss in the intros, and will film the rest in L.A., with each video having a different story.

The first, “Mama Forgive Me,” begins with clips of Detroit, as Black talks about growing up in the city.

She will also add personal intros to “Rich Boy,”  “Pretty Little Psycho,” “How Do You Love Someone” and “One Woman Army,” from her upcoming album “Mannequin Factory,” released through 2101 Records.

While Black sees Marilyn Manson as a musical and visual performance muse, she said Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is her favorite artist. She considers Reznor a musical genius, though her father got her into music in the first place.

“My biggest inspiration growing up for music was my dad,” Black said. “He would put on Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Nirvana, and would be like, ‘Who’s playing guitar? Who’s singing?’ He just schooled me on rock ’n’ roll.”

Breaking into the music industry came easy, but the journey that followed required a lot of work. Black was signed immediately when she was 18 and living in L.A. for one week, but she described the next phase as an “uphill battle.”

The industry was tough, and she says she had to be true to herself as an artist, be bold and have respect for her art, though it took a long time from when she was signed to finally releasing this album.

“Everybody’s journey is so different and so crazy,” Black said. “Stay true to your art and what you want to do. Don’t get pigeonholed and don’t get swayed into doing something that you don’t feel proud of and happy about at the end of the day. The industry’s definitely a f—– up place and it’s not easy at all. Only the strongest survive and that’s the way it is — it’s a lot of heartbreak.”

The sound she creates mesh dance music with grunge for a genre she describes as “industrial pop,” with a gritty, strong guitar sound.

“(I wanted to create) good music people like — that touches them. Music that can help people, empower them and make them feel strong,” Black said. “I just really hope (the fans) like it. There are so many musicians out there. I hope people see what I’m doing and that it inspires them to do what they want to do artistically and live out their dreams.”