I have been a big fan of the new group, Nu Deco. I have previously written about Homestead’s own Jacomo Bairos who is the co-founder of the group with his friend, Sam Hyken. Sam and Jacomo formed the group as a new approach to classical music. They have done educational series at the Seminole in Homestead for students and believe strongly in giving back to the South Dade area.
This past weekend, the old lady went out on the town and ventured up north to Wynwood Art District which is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. It is also home to the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, the home performance venue for Nu Deco.
Several people had asked if I was afraid to go into that area of Miami. The answer is no. This was my second time to the area and the first time it was two sixty something women alone and this time it was me, a good friend, my daughter, Debi and her husband Eddy. There was a large police presence and the crowd was congenial. We found parking immediately across the street from the theatre and Debi and Eddy went online and paid for parking. No meters…just signs on how to pay for parking.
We then walked two blocks down to the Wynwood Dinner. Without reservations, we decided to sit at the bar. The bartenders were great and we ordered drinks and food. My son-in-law ordered a Mouse Trap which was a Challah, Gruyère, Fontina, Aged Cheddar, Caramelized Onion grilled cheese sandwich with Tomato Bisque soup. Everyone had to taste the sandwich which my daughter described as tasting like the best French Onion soup you ever had on bread! It was to die for! Did I mention the “to die for” alcoholic beverages?
Dinner done we walked back to the theatre. The small, intimate venue provides an up close and personal experience with the performers.
Nu Deco performed beyond expectations and as I watched that young man from Homestead who used to play in my backyard and attended Homestead Middle School and Homestead Senior, pride ran through me and tears welled in my eyes. I wished that Jacomo’s mom who passed away a few years ago could have been there to see her son. She was inspirational in supporting his musical dreams.
Performing with Nu Deco was Cuban pianist and composer, Dayramir Gonzalez. Throw into that pot Danay Suarez, a Cuban R&B and rap singer. Now add to that mixture Elena Glaván, a soprano with the Florida Grand Opera and what a night of musical performances. Dayramir played that piano like no other and his facial expressions showed that he enjoyed every ivory he touched. I think of soprano opera singers as singing so high that you can’t understand their words but Elena was crystal clear in telling her stories through song. Danay’s sultry voice was exciting and left you hanging on every note.
With the wonderful arrangements by Sam Hyken and the direction provided by Conductor Bairos, the night was filled with a lot of applause and standing ovations.
After the show, Jacomo asked, “Well Mama, how did you like it…what did you think?” I choked back tears and responded, “I just can’t believe what you two have created! The music…the sounds. It was incredible!” We hugged so many times and a mother’s love just flowed through.
We headed home and of course, I arrived home around 1:30 p.m. on the night that the time moved forward an hour. I never made it to mass and Mr. Wonderful let me sleep till 11 the next morning.
Well I’ve been to Wynwood twice now and next time…yes there WILL be a next time, I plan to see the Walls of Wynwood and visit some of the other venues in the area. I know that April 13th through 18th, Jacomo and Sam are presenting their concert that will feature the music of American Composers and Prince and I think I’m going to be traveling to Wynwood again!
If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be going to Wynwood, I would have told you that you were crazy! I usually don’t travel above Cutler Bay but I’ve decided that there is more in the world out there for the old lady to see and do so I need to get up and go!