In honor of a musical giant that has transcended genres and decades, Nina Simone, the thrilling and adventurous Miami-based Nu Deco Ensemble has officially released their live video of “Miss Simone.” Originally premiered at The Light Box in Miami in 2019, this original composition was part of Nu Deco’s February all-female powerhouse performance concert.
“Nina Simone is an artist that has had tremendous impact on not only me, but musicians across all genres,” shares Nu Deco’s Composer and Co-Artistic Director Sam Hyken. “This suite, celebrates her stylistic fluency, beautiful melodies, and unforgettable instrumental motifs.”
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. Since its inception in 2015, the 30-piece ensemble has exploded onto Miami’s eclectic musical scene, captivating audiences, engaging with its community and fusing innovative, genre-bending orchestral performances and collaborations with the highest levels of musical artistry.
The ensemble is continuing to give back to audiences through Instagram Live Q&As, free musical instrument lessons to local youth through their Nu Deco NXT program and a continuous stream of live videos that aim to transport viewers from their living rooms straight into iconic performing arts venues throughout South Florida.
In November, Nu Deco Ensemble released their self-titled debut album. Produced in full by Kishi Bashi, the 8-track album includes genre-bending collaborations, re-imaginings of artists such as Outkast and Daft Punk and new music by some of today’s most exciting living composers, including Nicholas Omicioli and Andy Akiho, among others. Nu Deco Ensemble is available to stream today at https://spoti.fi/2VewqcI.
The 2019-2020 performance season has featured collaborations with Wyclef Jean, Robert Glasper, Hurray for the Riff Raff, PJ Morton and more. Please stay tuned to Nu Deco Ensemble’s website and social media accounts for updates on future shows.