Miami's Best Concert of the Week: Nu Deco Ensemble and Kishi Bashi

To soothe the Art Basel hangover, Miami will host a pair of big names this week in Barbra Streisand and Lauryn Hill. Perhaps the best show, however — and certainly the most intriguing and intimate — could be Kishi Bashi at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood. Kaoru Ishibashi, a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known as a violin virtuoso, will join the Nu Deco Ensemble as part of a three-night residency.

For its second season, this 21st-century chamber orchestra will concentrate on the music of Leonard Bernstein, Bryce Dessner, Jorge Mejia, Ricardo Romaniero, and Kraftwerk. This cross-cultural affair is precisely the sort of thing we would expect from Light Box, a venue that welcomes dance, film, music, theater, and all manner of performing arts. Additionally, Kishi Bashi’s entire musical history is that of a genre bender, combining the classical with the contemporary. His most recent record, 2016’s Sonderlust, is a sparkling pop gem that melds orchestral elements and the heaviest use of electronic grooves in any Kishi Bashi album. It falls somewhere between a happier Postal Service and Ishibashi’s former employer, Of Montreal. Projections created by visual artist Christian Hannon will accompany the music. It all sounds very Art Basel — minus the buildup, celebrity gawking, and traffic. In other words, it’s all about the art.

Season Two of Nu Deco Ensemble featuring Kishi Bashi. 8 p.m. Thursday, December 8, through Saturday, December 10, at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami; 305-576-4350;; Tickets cost $35 to $90 via
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Angel Melendez is an unabashed geek and a massive music nerd. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and an accomplished failure at two other universities, Angel is a lush and an insufferable know-it-all, and has way better taste in music than you.
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