Paying tribute to a musical icon, Nu Deco Ensemble has teamed up with Live For Live Music to premiere the live video for “A Bit of Bill” today. Originally performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center in April of 2019, this is a new symphonic exploration of the music of Bill Withers, whose vast catalog includes music such as “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lean on Me”, “Lovely Day” among others.
“Bill Withers to me is one of the quintessential great American song writers who has had great impact on musicians from across the musical spectrum,” shares Sam Hyken, Arranger of this piece as well as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Nu Deco Ensemble. “This work, who’s subtitle is ‘An overture to Bill Withers’, was created as if it was it could an introduction to a biopic or larger tribute. And it’s just a small sampling of his catalogue and legacy.”
Conductor and fellow Artistic Director and Co-Founder Jacomo Bairos continues on sharing “The ability to honor Bill Wiithers’ legendary, emotionally positive and wide breadth musical output through symphonic and orchestral traditions brought such joy to all of us. His timeless messages, mixed with his beautiful and lyrical melodies, converted to our hybrid ensemble by Sam Hyken created a new uplifting take on this classic artist. We are proud and grateful to be able to celebrate his legacy and contribution to all of humanity, especially now as all around the world we lean on each other with this beautiful suite that Sam Hyken and cohorts created.”
In addition to Hyken and Bairos, this special suite was made possible by co-collaborators Aaron Lebos, Jason Matthews and Armando Lopez.
Fans can stream the video for “A Bit of Bill” today at https://youtu.be/ns-6XmaoQew.
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.
For more information on Nu Deco Ensemble, please visit: https://nu-deco.org/.