“It sounds like the way stars look,” I said to myself after leaving The Lightbox at The Goldman Warehouse for Nu Deco’s first concert of the season this past September.
To a spontaneous culture vulture like myself, dedicated to seeking out new artistic experiences, discovering Nu Deco Ensemble was a feast for the senses. It was as if all of the magical moments of life were rolled into one, composed and curated from start to finish, dynamic crescendo and all.
These days, when Classical music and its related following make their way into a conversation (if they do at all), a specific persona comes to mind; one that may not be particularly cut from the same cloth with a younger demographic.
Modernizing a genre of music that is literally of the classic persuasion is quite the undertaking in a fast-paced and technologically heavy society like our own. But the power of music is not to be underestimated; great music finds its way to your ears no matter the genre and audience structure. That’s where Nu Deco comes in.
Miami’s own 21st Century orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble is one of the city’s key players in making culture accessible by breaking down barriers through genuine musical vision and skill. Not only do they attack contemporary Classical pieces with the vigor of the ages, but also they are the only current orchestra that has taken on the music of LCD Soundsystem, adding to their current repertoire that includes Daft Punk and Radiohead.
One of their sharpest tools in bridging the cultural gap is through collaboration. At every one of their shows, audience members can expect to witness the cross-pollination of sounds as Nu Deco invites an emerging artist to perform their original music with the orchestra’s sound operating as a catalyst of energy. They have worked with local powerhouses Afrobeta, Spam Allstars, and Brika, as well as Brooklyn’s Project Trio, for once in a lifetime pieces.
But perhaps the most magical of the phenomena experiences at a Nu Deco show is the connection between musicians. A smirk and a glance here, a nod of encouragement there, one instantly feels in the company of friends with Nu Deco, comfortable amongst trusted companions. I don’t know many other artists, no matter the genre, who are able to strip away life’s responsibilities and social constraints with such welcoming ease. It is a genuine pleasure to share a home base with them.
Over the course of their first season, they have managed to establish themselves as a passion to be reckoned with amongst the cultural renaissance currently overtaking the city. To celebrate this fantastic feat, Nu Deco Ensemble will be performing their last concert of the season, where it all began. Friday and Saturday, April 29th & 30th The Lightbox in Wynwood will once again ring to the sound of music prowess featuring the music of Paul Dooley, Andy Akiho and their current orchestrations of Jamiroquai. The night will reach is sonic peak as the Latin GRAMMY-nominated Raquel Sofia takes the stage for her first ever classical collaboration. Make sure to snag your tickets before it sells out! Nu-deco.org/seasonone.