WIS News 10, Columbia, SC: January 24th, 2017 CAMDEN, SC (WIS) – They’re Juilliard-trained and Carnegie Hall approved, but they spent some time in a non-traditional concert hall this week. The Decoda Cello Quartet is a part of the New York-based “Decoda Chamber,” a collective aimed at bringing music to everyone.
The quartet made a stop at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School in Kershaw County on Monday to share their passion for music with teachers and students at the school.
“We believe everybody should have the same accessibility to be able to interact with music that we love,” said Decoda member Claire Bryant.
Bryant, a native of Camden, SC, says she wants to bring the same music that they play at Carnegie Hall to community venues like public schools. The group also paid a visit to Lee Correctional Institution on Tuesday.
On December 17, Decoda performed at the White House. Violist Meena Bhasin and cellist Claire Bryant were joined by recent Ensemble Connect violinist Siwoo Kim to take part in “Innovation and the Arts: Prison Reform and Reentry in the 21st Century,” a daylong symposium presented by the White House that examined the role of the arts in criminal justice reform.
You can read more about the event on the White House blog and hear it about it from Claire, who writes about the positive, transformative power of these musical experienceson on Decoda's blog. Watch the video of the White House performance below.
February 19th, 2016 - CNN's Great Big Story came to Lee Correctional in South Carolina last week. Please take a moment to watch this bite-sized documentary highlighting the power of music; hope and reform.