Miami’s renowned orchestra NU DECO ENSEMBLE announce their forthcoming major label debut via Sony Music Masterworks with the July 21 release of a new EP, Duende, available now for preorder and presave. Making its debut alongside today’s news is the EP’s lead single, a cinematic and soaring take on Rosalía’s hit song “LA FAMA” – listen here. Known for blending genres and bringing fresh energy to orchestral music, they’ve taken the bachata rhythms of “LA FAMA” to new heights with boisterous horns, energetic percussion, and a colorful string-boosted crescendo. Today’s single is accompanied by a live performance video of the track – watch here.
Nu Deco Ensemble showcases six new tracks on Duende, blending genres and styles with the orchestra’s signature sound that combines elements of classical, Latin, pop, indie rock, and electronic music. Along with “LA FAMA” by Rosalía (feat. The Weeknd), listeners can expect to hear Nu Deco Ensemble’s unique arrangements of the mega pop hit “Unholy” by Sam Smith and Kim Petras; the chart-topping Latin song “Me Porto Bonito” by Bad Bunny, plus “Packt Like Sardines In a Crushd Tin Box” and “Everything In Its Right Place” by Radiohead. Rounding out the EP is an immersive original song by Nu Deco Ensemble entitled “Black Elk Peak.” The result is a truly unique sound that showcases the orchestra’s versatility and adaptability, a testament to their commitment to breaking down boundaries and forging new paths beyond classical music.
Led by Jacomo Bairos [Co-Artistic Director and Conductor] and Sam Hyken [CEO and Co-Artistic Director), Nu Deco Ensemble redefines what an orchestra is in the 21st century. The ensemble has been gaining a reputation as one of the world’s most exciting and innovative classical ensembles, known for its ability to blend genres and bring new, dynamic energy to the classical music world. Their mission is to create transformative musical experiences that inspire and connect by building a collaborative, inclusive, and sustainable community of artists, students, and audiences.
“Nu Deco Ensemble is special because it relies on people coming together from different backgrounds, experiences, and musical tastes. Everyone brings something to the table,” says Sam Hyken of the orchestra.
“We aim to be an orchestra that’s relevant now,” adds Jacomo Bairos. “We want to be current, but in an orchestral framework. We’ve found if you speak to modern society and stay on the edge of what’s sonically happening, you can genuinely make some noise. You can hear us doing LCD Soundsystem and Bernstein and Copeland in the same show. We like to create diverse concerts to bring a lot of people in, and that was our same goal with the new EP, Duende.”
Nu Deco Ensemble originated in Miami, Florida in 2015. Since then, the orchestra has performed with everyone from Robert Glasper, Wyclef Jean, X Ambassadors, Lawrence, Madison Cunningham, Macy Gray, Ben Folds, Jacob Collier, Angélique Kidjo, Emily King, Bilal, and countless others. They have generated millions of streams across releases such as Nu Deco Ensemble, Paint The Roses (Live In Concert) with Larkin Poe, A Live Sensation with Luke James, and Still Cruisin’ – An Orchestral Tribute to The Beach Boys. Among their many fans, Variety hailed the viral “Humans vs. Robots (Daft Punk Suite)” as “symphonic salute,” Billboard called them “sonically spellbinding,” and The New York Times christened the collective a “Chamber orchestra for the 21st century.”
NU DECO ENSEMBLE – DUENDE EP
RELEASE DATE: JULY 21, 2023
1. Unholy (Sam Smith and Kim Petras)
2. Me Porto Bonito (Bad Bunny)
3. LA FAMA (Rosalía feat. The Weeknd)
4. Packt Like Sardines In a Crushd Tin Box (Radiohead)
5. Black Elk Peak (Nu Deco Ensemble original)
6. Everything In Its Right Place (Radiohead)
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