When a good friend told me about Nu Deco Ensemble I had thought it was about contemporary music as in atonal, lacking in melodic verses (think Philip Glass). Not my thing. Was I ever wrong. True, as they say, it has classically trained musicians for the most part, but traditional classical music is part of the repertoire that also blends it with all or a combo of pop, jazz, and big band sounds. Sometimes works include art and media collaborations. Jacomo Bairos, the conductor is cool, young, and exudes enthusiasm. The audience of all ages was loving it as did I. We went once, enjoyed it so much, that the next day booked tickets for the next concert, a Global Cuba Fest.
The evening we went the concert was at the Goldman Warehouse, a 215 seat venue which allowed us to be so close to the musicians as to almost touch them. Pieces included works by jazz vocalist Nina Simone, a Colombian singer named Tei Shi with full orchestra and separate pieces with a small band, and new works by female composers Tanner Porter & Holly Harrison, all different from anything else I’ve ever heard and totally engaging. Nu Deco performs in both traditional (Arsht Center, New World Center) and alternative venues (Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood).
It was also wonderful that prices were so accessible, starting at $25 depending on the venue. At the Light Box (Goldman Warehouse), for example, it’s $45 for standard seats and $70 for VIP which brought with it preferred seating, two (2) drink tickets, and an invitation to a casual after party with DJ, light bites, and wine and beer. There’s also a Light Box subscription offered which comes with discounts at other Nu Deco performances.
Interested? Here’s a recap of upcoming performances:
Nu Deco’s first performance in Palm Beach County is at the Festival of the Arts BOCA on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30PM. The night will include orchestral reimaginations, explorations into some of today’s greatest artists, contemporary works from living composers, and more at Boca’s iconic Mizner Park Ampitheater.
Next up is the New World Center for concerts on March 29-30, with new works by Ricardo Romaneiro and a world premiere commission by Magda Giannikou that will both include projections onto New World Center’s iconic sails; as well as a musical exploration into the music of Sting and The Police. The special guest collaboration for this performance will be with the inventive and imaginative Tune-Yards.
Nu Deco returns to the Arsht Center April 18 for an Americana folk performance featuring music of William Brittelle, Aaron Copland, Bill Withers and a special guest artist award winning singer-songwriter Ben Folds and New Zealand sensation, Kimbra.
The final concert features the music of Andy Akiho, Nico Muhly, and Aaron Parks and a guest artist to be announced at The Light Box May 9-11.
For more information, visit their website here .
Tip: There’s a large garage on the same street, W 26th. Go early, park the car, and walk down to 1-800-Lucky Asian food hall on W. 23rd for some delicious dumplings, poke bowl (love the one with tuna and zucchina “pasta” swirls, ramen and such with a beer or glass of wine. Then leisurely walk to the Goldman Warehouse and enjoy the performance!