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|NU DECO ENSEMBLE RELEASE “PHARRELL: A RETROSPECTIVE” (PHARRELL SUITE)|
“Nu Deco Ensemble has proven that any genre can work in the arena of classical music.” – Billboard
“Nu Deco Ensemble is a ‘chamber orchestra for the 21st century.’” – New York Times
|Watch at nu-deco.org/pharrell |
Miami-based Nu Deco Ensemble, led by Jacomo Bairos and Sam Hyken, premieres their re-imagination of some of the most celebrated works from legendary singer, rapper, songwriter and producer Pharrell by. Nu Deco recorded the performance at the Miami Beach Bandshell on October 1, 2020.
“Pharrell Williams is not only of the most influential performing artists of our time, but is the definition of a renaissance man… a singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur all in one. We are thrilled to share a retrospective of this already historic career, which features music from his band N.E.R.D, his production team, the Neptunes and Pharrell’s solo career, which includes his legendary collaboration with Daft Punk,” emphasizes Sam Hyken.
Nu Deco Ensemble CEO and co-founder, Jacomo Bairos, echos this sentiment by saying, “As an artist, Pharrell epitomizes the highest ideals of creativity, diversity and production through his genius of output and genre-bending styles and truly reimagines what it means to be a legacy artist. There never seems to be a moment where Pharrell isn’t relevant, connected to the pulse of the now, nor speaking to society today. With hit after hit, project after project and collaboration after collaboration, over decades, Pharrell continues to inspire and share with his fans new and exciting musical pathways with his fans.”
He continues, “This is not only what sets him apart as a singular and formidable artist, but also inspired us at Nu Deco to celebrate his deep catalog and artistry. Hopefully, this is just the first of many musical celebrations of Pharrell from Nu Deco and we hope you enjoy this retrospective as much as we did performing it!”
Nu Deco Ensemble kicked off its Eighth Season in October with special guest Angélique Kidjo. Recently, they’ve had two packed-out shows with Wyclef Jean and Lawrence. The season’s remaining concerts will be at the Miami Beach Bandshell and the Adrienne Arsht Center. Patrons can expect to hear a blend of Nu Deco Ensemble originals, orchestral classics and their symphonic renditions of popular songs from Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Lauryn Hill. Nu Deco Ensemble’s season is sure to highlight their genre-bending innovative sound. The remaining shows will feature new guests Monsieur Periné, X Ambassadors and Derrick Hodge. Together, these virtuosic artists and performers emphasize what Nu Deco Ensemble is all about.
Since its inception in 2015, Nu Deco Ensemble has exploded onto Miami’s eclectic music scene, captivating audiences, holistically engaging with its community and fusing innovative, genre-bending orchestral performances and collaborations with the highest levels of musical artistry. Nu Deco is reimagining a fresh vision of what an orchestra can achieve in the 21st century. Created by two of classical music’s most in-demand artists, Jacomo Bairos and Sam Hyken, Nu Deco Ensemble is a flexible and innovative hybrid orchestra that celebrates living composers, reimagines all genres of music and collaborates with a wide range of diverse musical guests, composers, choreographers, dancers and mixed media artists.
Recent highlights include exclusive collaborations with Macy Gray, Ben Folds, Jacob Collier, Kimbra, Kishi Bashi, Time for Three, Danay Suarez, Cory Henry, Stephen Marley, Emily King, Bilal, Luke James and many more award-winning composers and cross-over artists. The New York Times has hailed Nu Deco Ensemble as a “Chamber orchestra for the 21st century,” Billboard has announced them as “Sonically Spellbinding,” and Saratoga Living exclaimed them as “fiery, captivating and refreshingly original.” In October 2019, Nu Deco Ensemble released its first Album to include genre-bending collaborations, reimaginings of artists such as Outkast and Daft Punk and new music by some of today’s most exciting living composers.
Nu Deco Ensemble engages the Miami community in dynamic ways to serve and enrich all walks of our diverse culture and people. The orchestra inspires and engages over 10,000 children annually through their interactive Imagination Series and annually brings hundreds of community members from underserved communities to attend performances. In the spring of 2020, Nu Deco Ensemble launched its youth ensemble, which in addition to instruction in classical and popular musical styles, arranging, composition and improvisation offers coaching in wellness, health, leadership, collaborative communication, interpersonal skills and community stewardship.
Season 8 Shows:
April 1, 2023, at the Bandshell ft. X Ambassadors
April 28, 2023, at the Arsht ft. Derrick Hodge