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Cutting Edge: A Video Conversation with the Founders of Nu Deco Ensemble

Cutting Edge:  A Video Conversation with the Founders of Nu Deco Ensemble

 

 

Introduction to Nu Deco Ensemble.  6:01 min.

 

The story of the founding of Nu Deco Ensemble is something like a Bob Hope-Bing Crosby “Road” movie – perhaps “The Road to Singapore,” or “The Road to Miami.”

Jacomo Bairos and Sam Hyken are the co-founding artistic directors of Nu Deco Ensemble.  Hyken also serves as composer/arranger and CEO, and Bairos is the ensemble conductor.

Mr. Bairos grew up in Homestead, Florida and escaped to the Interlocken Arts Academy when Hurricane Andrew destroyed his home town.  Mr. Hyken grew up in the New York City area and was inspired by Wynton Marsalis to become a professional musician.  Jacomo was a tuba player, and Sam played trumpet.  They both attended the Juliiard School, but didn’t meet until they traveled halfway around the world to Singapore, where they became best friends.

Hyken met Michael Tilson Thomas and knew that he had to work with MTT at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.  Bairos returned to Homestead on a regular basis to visit his family, but he also carved out time to visit his best friend Sam Hyken.

Gradually over time, Hyken and Bairos developed the concepts for Nu Deco Ensemble, and, with some help from the Knight Foundation, they were able to launch in 2014.

Nu Deco Ensemble is a virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st century. Through exciting and adventurous classical music performances, Nu Deco Ensemble presents various styles of music, art, and media collaborations in both traditional and alternative venues.

Working in conjunction with local musicians, composers, DJs, dancers, visual and media artists, Nu Deco Ensemble creates a new hybrid of compelling musical and multi-media experiences. Blending masterful musicianship with a wide range of repertoire from classical to pop, Nu Deco Ensemble strives to be South Florida’s leader in genre-bending musical exploration.

The videos below are organized by topic and run between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

 

SERENDIPITY: 1:38 min.

Describe the evolution of Nu Deco’s relationship with The Knight Foundation.

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:   4:04 min.

How did you transition from an orchestra tuba player to a conductor with real charisma and audience engagement?

 

DEVELOP A VOICE:  3:44 min.

What are some of the things you learned during your educational journey that still inform you today?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:  2:01 min.

How do you avoid appearing condescending or patronizing when you have a need to educate an audience?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  3:18 min.

Do contemporary classical musicians, composers, conductors feel boxed-in if they want to develop new forms of musical expression, while their audiences want to listen to 300 year-old music?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  1:18 min.

What was it like to shift from being a performing musician to working behind the scenes as an impresario, an entrepreneur, and a manager?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES: 2:09 min.

How did you develop the strategy for acquiring seed money for Nu Deco?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS:   5:11 min.

Subsequent to obtaining seed money, you had to develop a strategy for continuous funding.

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  0:36 sec.

How do you regard your public school education?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  1:57 min.

What was the challenge and experience of recruiting musicians for Nu Deco?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS OF ART:  0:25 sec.

Are all of the musicians equally compensated?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE PERSPECTIVE:  0:56 sec.

What are the biggest challenges for classical music?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  2:57 min.

Describe the composition of your orchestra and the selection criteria.

 

RESPECTS OTHERS POINTS OF VIEW:  1:52 min.

Do you receive a lot of feedback from your audience and suggestions for musicians to consider?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  3:02 min.

Are there any markers that alert you in advance that a given musician will be sympatico to the Nu Deco approach?

 

TRANSFORMING MIAMI:  3:19 min.

Do you consider Nu Deco to be “Miami-centric?”

 

TRANSFORMING MIAMI:  1:05 min.

In our video interview, architect Bernardo Fort-Bresica, founder of Arquitectonica, said that Miami is one of the few true gateways to a continent, where all styles are possible. How does that vision impact Nu Deco?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:  0:56 sec.

Is there a permanent home in Nu Deco’s future?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS OF ART:  0:33 sec.

What are the travel plans for Nu Deco, and when you travel, do you bring a Miami flavor to other cities?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  0:49 sec.

What role should a university play in the development of musicians?

 

OPEN TO CHANGE — FLEXIBILITY:  2:04 min.

Visual art schools graduate over 250,000 students per year, and 5 years later less than 1% of them are still trying to make art. How does the career path of a musician compare?

 

EMPATHY:  0:39 sec.

How unique (or fragile) is it for best friends to create a group like Nu Deco?

 

CREATIVE FLEXIBILITY:  2:12 min.

What’s on tap for your third season?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  3:40 min.

Please describe some of Nu Deco’s community outreach programs.

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  1:39 min.

Could you expand on some of the details of your composition and conducting outreach programs?

 

CRITICAL THINKING: 1:09 min.

What are the near term goals for Nu Deco?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:   1:39 min.

What is an ideal audience mix for Nu Deco?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:30 min.

In Nu Deco’s third season, what programs excite you?