Mozart in the Jungle TV series (2014-)or ‘how they learned to stop worrying and love Rodrigo’. 5 reasons to watch it!

Written by Eleanor.

Rodrigo is a young well-known maestro, who comes from Mexico. When the maestro of the New York Symphony decides to retire, Rodrigo comes to New York in order not only to take his place, but also to revive the Symphony. Along with Rodrigo, we meet Hailey, a talented young oboist, who aspires to play for the New York Symphony. Apart from these two protagonist, we get to know most of the musicians of the Symphony, who get closer to the free-spirited, bohemian-like Rodrigo. Rodrigo gives back to the Symphony their inspiration and reminds them that the most important thing is to enjoy and to love what you are doing. Dreams, talent, love, money and fame are the issues, which are explored but also -sometimes- collide.

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5 Reasons to watch Mozart in the Jungle.

  1. Gael Garcia Bernal as Maestro Rodrigo.

The Mexican actor gives a fresh air to the American TV series. Bringing the Mexican culture within the American environment, he creates a humorous, free-spirited character, who enjoys living in New York but also he carries with him his cultural background, Rodrigo’s unique English accent, his natural habit to speak in Spanish when he is angry and his naive and humorous way of dealing with life create an authentic and a funny character. Rodrigo is a maestro, who is also a good friend of all the musicians. He brings joy to their daily rehearsals and he is fond of improvisation and authenticity. He is in love with classical music, he detests attending parties, giving interviews or becoming a marketing product. Such an inspirational and authentic character!

  1. Classical Music.

Who does not enjoy classical music? Who is not fascinated by the maestro’s movements and the harmony of the orchestra during a symphony? Well… this specific TV series places classical music within the 21th century environment and it shows what happens behind the curtains and how classical music is conceived and reproduced nowadays. Great classical pieces travel us back in time and remind us the beauty and the uniqueness of classical music and its special contribution to the contemporary society.

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  1. Mingle of Old and New Generation.

Mozart in the Jungle is not concerned only with classical music itself but also with the musicians involved in an orchestra. The musicians struggle to maintain their position within the orchestra, while the elder musicians are threatened by the fresh group of young ones. The TV series exposes the antagonism between the two groups, their fears and their insecurity but also emphasizes on the passion and love for classical music, which that unites them all.The wisdom and the experience of the old generation of musicians are praised, while the fresh and passionate nature of the young musicians is also explored.

  1. Artists: Talent, Sacrifice, Human flaws.

Half of the TV series is concerned with the portrayal of the artist, the nature of talent, the importance of endless practice and the numerous sacrifices. When you enjoy a theatrical play, a concert, a movie etc, have you ever considered what each artist have gone through to achieve this performance? Mozart in the Jungle sheds light to the process and the road towards success and pays tribute to all of those artists that sacrifice everything for the love of Arts. It is also important that the artists are presented as everyday human beings with their personal affairs, flaws and common problems. Their lives are involved around money, love, sexual desire, passion, even hatred and intrigue.

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  1. Duration.

    Mozart in the Jungle is a comedy-drama with maximum episode duration 30 minutes. You can watch an episode while you are eating, when you need a break from studying or working, when you are on a bus/train/airplane and you need something entertaining and worth-watching or even after a hard and tiresome day!

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