NU DECO ENSEMBLE
RELEASES LIVE VIDEO OF “HUMANS VS ROBOTS”
DAFT PUNK SYMPHONIC SUITE
PREMIERING EXCLUSIVELY WITH VARIETY
“AN UNROBOTIC, SYMPHONIC SALUTE” – VARIETY
ORIGINALLY PERFORMED AT
THE LIGHT BOX IN MIAMI, FLORIDA
MAY 8, 2020 – MIAMI, FL – As part of their ongoing mission to fuse original symphonic music with a diverse range of modern artists and genres, Nu Deco Ensemble has released their original symphonic suite of Daft Punk music entitled “Humans vs. Robots.” Originally performed at The Light Box in Nu Deco’s home city of Miami, FL in 2017, this was the follow up to one of the first reimagined orchestral works co-creators Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos dreamed up together.
“Releasing Humans v. Robots feels very full circle. When we initially performed our first Daft Punk Suite in 2015, we wanted to push the boundaries of what we believed an orchestra, as a model of ultimate creativity, expression and musical finesse, could be. We made it the center piece on our very first concert!,” shares Bairos in an exclusive interview with Variety. “Returning back with this new, fleshed out suite of Daft Punk, reminds me of how their music simple feels timeless and expansive. Cinematic and wide, yet measured like J. S. Bach. Sam’s unique ability to keep this music clean and clear, while enhancing the vision of Daft Punk, speaks to the dynamic nature of what the sound of an orchestra is capable of.”
“When you listen to the music of Daft Punk, there’s a very baroque classical quality to what they do,” continues Hyken. “Part of what I wanted to do with this suite is remove the drum elements, highlighting this classical texture. I also wanted to highlight the two distinct phases of Daft Punk, with a record like Random Access Memories which feature more acoustic instruments as well as the earlier work which is more electronic.”
Fans can see the full video for “Humans vs Robots” exclusively with Variety at https://variety.com/2020/music/news/daft-punk-suite-symphonic-tribute-nu-deco-ensemble-1234602018/.
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.
For more information on Nu Deco Ensemble, please visit: https://nu-deco.org/
“Will captivate your eyes and ears” – Grammy.com
Nu Deco Ensemble is an off-the-beaten-classical-hall-track orchestra that focuses on adapting the work of living composers and collaborating with musicians, choreographers, dancers and mixed media artists from a variety of genres.” – Variety
“This orchestra for the 21st century proves that classical instruments have a place in modern music.” –The Wild Honey Pie
Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble…has exploded onto the city’s eclectic music scene over the past five years, captivating audiences with their innovative fusions of genre-bending, orchestral performances, and collaborations with the highest levels of artistry.” –
Live for Live Music
“a chamber orchestra for the 21st century” –The New York Times
“sonically spellbinding” –Billboard