about

 
Refreshing in the extreme
— New York Times

Decoda is a New York-based chamber collective dedicated to bringing meaningful musical experiences to any and all audiences. The first Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda explores creativity, community, and identity through live performances and thoughtful methods of engagement.

Decoda provides engaging performances, interactive concerts, and enlightening discussions serving the widest possible types of audiences. Now in its fifth season, Decoda's projects and performances have taken place in the United Kingdom, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, and across the United States.


 
Our appointment of Decoda as the first ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall recognizes the quality of its work, which reflects so many of the values held by Carnegie Hall, including exceptional performances and a strong commitment to education and community programs. Having worked with these musicians since their time as Ensemble ACJW fellows, it’s been inspiring for all of us to watch what they continue to accomplish as an independent ensemble and as great ambassadors for music.
— Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall.

photo by Matt Dine

photo by Matt Dine

Decoda is committed to supporting the international community of artists who wish to deepen their community involvement and understanding of high-level interactive performance. In order to effectively serve this community of burgeoning teaching artists, Decoda has established annual chamber music and leadership institutes at Skidmore College and in South Africa, as well as annual residencies in Merida, Mexico and as the Resident Ensemble in Creative Performance at the Guildhall School of Music in London, UK.

Music for Transformation, Decoda’s social justice initiative, brings creative songwriting projects to help empower vulnerable and disenfranchised voices. Decoda’s exemplary work in maximum-security prisons and in the juvenile justice system has been recognized by CNN, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and Billboard Magazine. Decoda has on three separate occasions been invited to the White House to perform and advocate for arts programming as a tool for criminal justice reform.

New partnerships this season will take Decoda to Furman University, the Royale Conservatoire of Scotland, and South Africa.


 
A new collective of some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world…
— Time Out NY