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Decoda in South Carolina

  • Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County 810 Lyttleton St 810 Lyttleton St, Camden, SC 29020 (map)

February 8-14, 2016, Decoda returns to Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina's largest maximum security prison, for an intensive weeklong songwriting project with 35 inmates. The participants, collaborating together in groups with Decoda artists, will write original songs and compositions for a program called 'Seasons of Life', drawing musical inspiration from Vivaldi's 'Le Quattro Stagioni'. The week culminates in a celebratory performance of the men's original music inside the prison's chapel for members of the incarcerated community including inmates, staff, officers, and selected members of the public including governmental representatives from South Carolina. This project is made possible by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County and the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation.

The Valentine’s Day concert program is an eclectic tour-de-force combining the Danes’ late Beethoven quartet with love songs from the classical greats and some remarkable newly-minted songs created by Decoda and inmates at Lee Correctional Institute (Bishopville, SC) and Sing Sing (Ossining, NY). Recent press and a December 2015 White House performance of these “Songs in Prisoners’ Hearts” validate the laudable immediacy of Decoda’s current efforts in criminal justice reform.

Caroline Bittencourt © 2014

Caroline Bittencourt © 2014

Decoda Personnel
Owen Dalby, violin - Meena Bhasin, viola - Claire Bryant, cello -
Kris Saebo, bass - Brad Balliett, bassoon - *Sarah Elizabeth Charles, voice
*special guest

Schedule of Events
February 8 - 12th: Songwriting Workshop at Lee Correctional Institution
February 13th: Seasons of Life Concert at Lee Correctional Institution

February 14th: 5PM Concert at Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
- Decoda with the Danish String Quartet

February 13th, 2016 at Lee Correctional Institution - Seasons of Life
featuring original works written by inmates in the Better Living Incentive Community, and inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

February 14th, 2016 5PM - Seasons of Life with special guests the Danish String Quartet
with a Decoda Vivaldi-mashup, newly minted works from Lee Correctional Institution, and the epic late quartet by Beethoven, Opus 131.

Winter Reconstructed
inspired by Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, "L'inverno"

I. Allegro non molto Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Owen Dalby, solo violin

II. Improvisation
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin & Kris Saebo, bass

III. Sirocco Brad Balliett (b. 1982)
Brad Balliett, bassoon

Songs from Lee Correctional Institution
Sarah Elizabeth Charles & Decoda

String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Opus 131 Beethoven (1770-1802)

I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto vivace
III. Allegro moderato – Adagio
IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile – Più mosso – Andante moderato e
lusinghiero – Adagio – Allegretto – Adagio, ma non troppo e semplice – Allegretto
V. Presto
VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante
VII. Allegro

Owen Dably, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Claire Bryant, cello;
Kris Saebo, bass; Brad Balliett, bassoon
with Sarah Elizabeth Charles, vocalist
& The Danish String Quartet
Frederik Øland - violin Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen - violin
Asbjørn Nørgaard - viola Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin - cello