Miami’s 30-piece Nu Deco Ensemble will return to the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach on Saturday, April 10th, for another livestream performance, this time featuring Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Richard Bona. The performance next month will feature the music of Valerie Coleman, along with a symphonic reimagination of Earth, Wind & Fire‘s celebrated catalog of songs.
Jazz-fusion veteran Richard Bona has been a member of the Pat Metheny Group and played bass alongside seasoned musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan, and Steve Gadd. The Los Angeles Times once described Bona’s talents in an editorial feature on the virtuoso as, “What would you have if you could combine, say, the virtuosic bass playing of Jaco Pastorius, the fluid vocal style of George Benson and the voice/instrument interplay of Joao Gilberto?”
Bona’s most recent album, 2018’s Bondeko, is a compilation of art inspired by the shared heritage, rich folkloric, and traditional music of West Africa and Cuba.
Founded and spearheaded by co-artistic directors Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos, Nu Deco Ensemble makes its home on the largely unexplored middle ground between classical composition and seemingly incongruous contemporary genres and artists from Daft Punk to Bill Withers to OutKast. In doing so, the ensemble synthesizes the accessibility of widely-loved hits with the elevated stylings and complexities of hip-hop, jazz, and funk, all served with the prestige of orchestral arrangements.
Back in March, funk guitarist Cory Wong took to the North Beach Bandshell stage to perform a number of his original works adapted for the 30-piece orchestra.
Virtual tickets to watch the Nu Deco Ensemble livestream featuring Richard Bona at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 10th, are available here. Ticket-holders will be able to access the performance for on-demand viewing for up to 72 hours after the initial broadcast.