Cory Wong joins Nu Deco Ensemble for collaborative performance

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Nu Deco Ensemble will kick off 2021 from the North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach on January 30th. The live performance will feature music from some of the most forward-thinking artists of their time: George Gershwin, Chris Rogerson, and a new symphonic reimagination of the music from The Beach Boys. Special collaboration on this concert will feature the Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, and guitarist extraordinaire, Cory Wong. Wong is known to deliver live performances that combine head-spinning guitar wizardry and technical ebullience. Wong spoke about the upcoming performance saying: "This is going to be extra special because I’ll have my rhythm section with me, and we’ll have the NuDeco Ensemble playing with us performing all new arrangements and even a couple of new songs!”

“We feel tremendously honored to provide and share musical experiences that will bring Miami and our world community together to share the enjoyment and excitement of live streamed music,” shares the ensemble’s co-founder Jacomo Bairos.

Nu Deco will live stream performances via their custom platform, which allows for increased audience interactivity through audience polling that chooses select pieces, viewer selected camera angles, digital program notes and other interactive features.

“During these extraordinarily challenging times, music and the arts serve the critical purpose of connection to one another. These performances which highlight a cutting edge digital platform will bring our audiences closer to the music and our artists than ever before,” adds co-founder Sam Hyken.

The performance will be streamed live, to a crowdless venue. Nu Deco is committed to following all CDC and local government recommendations, including physical distancing, masks mandated for all artists able to play with a mask, health and temperature screening, sanitization and disinfectant of all touch services, hand sanitizer available around the venue and a testing plan leading up to the production week.


Nu Deco Ensemble’s mission is to create compelling and transformative genre-bending musical experiences that inspire, enrich, and connect new and diverse audiences and artists.

2020-2021 Performance Season:

October 29, 2020 – Nu Deco Ensemble with José James

December 12, 2020 – Nu Deco Ensemble with Larkin Poe

January 30, 2021 – Nu Deco Ensemble with Cory Wong

April 10, 2021 – Nu Deco Ensemble with Richard Bona

May 15, 2021 – World-Premiere Orchestral Work with Cory Henry & Special Guest TBA


Nu Deco Ensemble was 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.

Imagination Series:

Nu Deco Ensemble has a strong passion for the youth in their immediate, and global community, and believes the best way to empower the next generation is to teach. Each year, Nu Deco Ensemble inspires and engages tens of thousands of children annually through their educational component, called the interactive Imagination Series. Through this series, educators are able to access resource materials such as quizzes and detailed programs created by Nu Deco Ensemble. The educational aspect of the organization strives to create compelling and transformative genre-bending musical experiences that inspire, enrich and connect new and diverse audiences and artists.

On January 29th the next installment of the series will stream live from the North Beach Bandshell as Nu Deco Ensemble explores how the music that composers create is influenced by their surroundings and by traveling to new places. Featuring the music of Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, The Beach Boys, and newly composed works by living composers, students will be able to interact with the orchestra by clapping, singing, and counting. There will also be an opportunity to ask the orchestra questions during a Q&A session at the end.

The ensemble also works with the local community to bring in those from underserved areas in and around Miami to attend performances. In the Spring of 2020, Nu Deco Ensemble launched its youth ensemble which in addition to instruction in classical and popular musical styles, arranging, composition, and improvisation offers coaching in wellness, health, leadership, collaborative communication, interpersonal skills, and community stewardship.

For more information about the Imagination Series, visit