The co-founders and artistic directors of Nu Deco Ensemble are changing the way Miami experiences classical music.
In an era when the musical greats of classical music seem to be on the cusp of being irrelevant or forgotten, Nu Deco Ensemble is dedicated to a revival.
At the helm of the Wynwood-based Nu Deco are co-founders and artistic directors Sam Hyken, 35, and Jacomo Bairos, 40. Friends for more than a decade, they thrive off the sounds of vivacious violins and booming bass. As Bairos, the conductor, leads the orchestra in a recent rehearsal, his body moves in time with the music arranged by Hyken.
They are preparing for a trio of April concerts at The Light Box in Wynwood, followed by a collaboration with a Brooklyn hip-hop dance company on Miami’s biggest stage: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
“We try to bring relevancy to classical music, bring more connections to the popular world,” Bairos said.
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Arsht Center patrons know her as the performing arts center’s corporate sponsorship coordinator. Former Miss Alabama KALYN CHAPMAN JAMES is also a dancer, actress, host of public TV’s “Art Loft,” wife, mom, and style icon.
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