Decoda’s roster of versatile musicians share a commitment to creating compelling performances and opportunities for enhanced musical discovery in New York City and around the world. With equal emphasis on artistry and audience engagement, Decoda’s projects include public concerts, creative performance training, and community-based collaborations. As a collective of accomplished performers, educators, composers, and entrepreneurs, Decoda musicians lead various projects throughout the season and elect artistic directors from its members.
Decoda’s activities are anchored in creative programming and performance of mixed ensemble chamber music repertoire. In the 2019-20 season, Decoda concerts are presented by Carnegie Hall, Tertulia, SUNY Stony Brook, Beethoven and Banjos (MI), and the University of Kentucky - Lexington, among
others. Artist training residencies include a new partnership with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. Past engagements include performances at the Southbank Centre and the Barbican (London), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Festival (UAE), Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Bay Chamber Concerts (Maine), Við Djúpið Festival (Iceland), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Caramoor Music Festival, Carnegie Kids @ Suntory Hall (Tokyo), National Center for the Performing Arts (Mumbai), Programa de Educación Musical Fomento Cultural Banamex & Carnegie Hall (Mexico), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, Chelsea Music Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Sawdust in NYC as well as a 3-week tour across South Africa.
For the past six years, the annual Decoda Skidmore Chamber Institute in Saratoga Springs and residency at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London have helped prepare a growing community of creative performers to deeply engage all types of audiences across the globe. At home in New York City, Decoda has partnered with organizations such as WQXR, the Police Athletic League, NYPD, and NYC Administration for Children’s Services to make music with and for a diverse cross-section of the city through creative songwriting workshops and interactive performances that support Decoda’s vision to create a more compassionate and connected world through music. Decoda’s social justice initiative, Music for Transformation, empowers vulnerable and disenfranchised voices of incarcerated individuals and has been recognized by CNN, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Billboard Magazine.
Decoda was founded in 2012 by musicians who first collaborated as members of Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. As the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda’s work as an independent collective is inspired by this shared training focused on developing skills as exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates for music in communities around the world.