Decoda's Carnegie Hall Debut

Decoda's Carnegie Hall Debut

We are thrilled to announce our Carnegie Hall debut with a two-concert subscription series at Weill Music Hall on November 14, 2018 and January 23, 2019. You can secure the best seats now by subscribing before single tickets are released to the general public. For more information, click here.

April 4, 2018 abc Review: SCDC inmates help write, edit and perform original musical

April 4, 2018 abc Review: SCDC inmates help write, edit and perform original musical

abc Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) – The South Carolina Department of Corrections is hosting Decoda, a NYC-based chamber music ensemble, for the fifth consecutive year to create and perform an original 90-minute musical written by inmates in the Better Living Incentive Community (BLIC) housing unit at Lee Correctional Institution on Thursday, April 5 at 1:30 PM.  READ MORE

Read more about Decoda at Lee Correctional- Lincoln Portrait.

Read more about Decoda in Denmark South Carolina

WQXR Is Bringing Concerts to the Classroom

WQXR Is Bringing Concerts to the Classroom

March 23, 2018

Read about our recent week visiting public schools in NYC thanks to WQXR.

WQXR Is Bringing Concerts to the Classroom

Decoda Event


Review: "Decoda Enchants With Clarinet Quintets Between Courses at Town Hall"

Review: "Decoda Enchants With Clarinet Quintets Between Courses at Town Hall"

Especially before the twentieth century, chamber music was frequently enjoyed outside concert halls, in private salons or at intimate social gatherings. These days, Tertulia Chamber Music is reinvigorating that idea — and with exhilarating effect — by embedding world-class musical performances within dinner parties held as private events at urban restaurants. On Sunday evening at Town Hall in San Francisco, Tertulia presented Decoda, a chamber group based in New York and honored by Carnegie Hall as its first official Affiliate Ensemble. Three culinary courses and two clarinet quintets made for a scrumptious, five-course feast.

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Songwriting Project featured on CBS Evening News

Songwriting Project featured on CBS Evening News

15 teenagers and 11 NYPD officers from across NYC created original songs in workshops led by Decoda artists over eight weeks and performed side-by-side on December 20 in Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room. The concert was embodied in the joint refrain, "More than a uniform...same as you".

Watch the CBS coverage here.
Read more about the project here.  

Decoda Cello Quartet

The Decoda Cello Quartet is a part of the Decoda Ensemble, based in New York City.  The members of The Decoda Cello Quartet are highly accomplished professional musicians who perform in a variety of groups, tour, and participate in community enrichment and educational projects. They presented a workshop on community engagement through music and arts on Friday, January 20 in Cadek Recital Hall.

The video shows The Decoda Cello Quartet performing for UTC students and the public. Claire Bryant, a cellist in the Decoda, talks about her experience while performing and how music can make an impact on the community.

UTC senior Jonathan Bartholomew found the experience eye opening, saying, “This actually really opened my mind to a lot of more ideas about composing, as well as what I can do with music both socially and privately and just how I can open to the world with music and get everybody united.”

Decoda Cello Quartet performs for Kershaw County students

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. To read full article click here.

Innovation & The Arts: Reform & Reentry in the 21st Century

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 experiences on on Decoda's blog.
Watch the video of the White House performance below.

Freedom to Play: Music As Prison Rehabilitation

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.

HuffPost Rise - Decoda at Lee Correctional Institution

February 29th, 2016 - Decoda's criminal justice work is featured on
The Huffington Post.