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Philosophy and Mission

Decoda is a collective of versatile artists dedicated to creating dynamic performances and creative programs designed for social impact. Decoda’s pursuits place equal emphasis on artistry and engagement to create meaningful musical experiences around the globe through concerts in major international venues and neighborhood projects with vibrant community partners. Decoda is the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

At home in New York City, Decoda works with partner organizations such as WQXR, the Police Athletic League, NYPD, and NYC Administration for Children’s Services to engage a diverse cross-section of the city through creative songwriting workshops and interactive performances that promote collaboration and compassion. Music for Transformation, Decoda’s social justice initiative, 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. Other ongoing programs include residencies at the Royal Academy of Scotland and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as Resident Ensemble of Creative Performance serve to expand the global community of audience-centric performers and to create a ripple effect of deep engagement through music around the world.

In the 2018-19 season, Decoda debuts include two concerts presented by Carnegie Hall and a first appearance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Decoda’s past engagements included 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), Carnegie Kids @ Suntory Hall (Tokyo), National Center for the Performing Arts (Mumbai), Programa de Educación Musical Fomento Cultural Banamex & Carnegie Hall (Mexico), the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, and the Chelsea Music Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Sawdust in NYC.

The artists of Decoda first collaborated with one another in the renowned Ensemble Connect (formerly ACJW) fellowship program, created by Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. Since 2007 Skidmore College has hosted Ensemble Connect twice annually for weeklong residencies