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 will be on campus at UW-Madison for a four-day residency organized by clarinet professor and Decoda artist, Alicia Lee. Decoda will work closely with selected student chamber ensembles to learn how to present interactive performances to audiences of school children in Madison. Decoda artists will perform for students at MMSD’s Allied Learning Center, and student participants will present their performances at Schenk Elementary. The week will culminate with a showcase concert featuring students performing side-by-side with Decoda artists, communicating what they love about their music and providing an opportunity to share with the audience and to engage their listeners on a deeper level.
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 such as the annual Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute and 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.
As the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda’s activities are anchored in creating compelling performances. 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.
Generous support comes from the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of the Capital Times, with additional funding provided from the H. Douglas and Elizabeth B. Weaver Performing Arts Fund of the Wisconsin Union Theater. This residency is sponsored by the Mead Witter School of Music Engagement and Outreach program and co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Theater.
Final Event: Side-by-Side Concert Program, January 31, 7:30 PM, Mills Hall.
Selected movements from:
Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise”
Maynie Bradley and Anna Luebke, violins; Rachel Riese, viola; Hannah Kasun, cello
Anna Elashvili, violin; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Michael Mizrahi, piano
Mozart Trio K. 498 “Kegelstatt”
Rosie Hess, clarinet; Gloria Wide, viola; Adalia Hernandez Abrego, piano
Prokofiev Quintet Op. 39
Zachary Pulse, oboe; Brian Gnojek, clarinet; Anna Elashvili, violin; Fabio Saggin, viola; Kris Saebo, bass
Schubert String Quartet in A minor, D. 804
Glen Kuenzi and Mary Deck, violins; Brett Petrykowski, viola; Majestica Lor, cello
Beethoven Septet, Op. 20
Anna Elashvili, violin; Fabio Saggin, viola; Hannah Kasun, cello; Kris Saebo, bass; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Midori Samson, bassoon; Joanna Schulz, horn