A note from the Artistic Directors

“Before moving to SF three years ago, we helped found this chamber music ensemble in NYC which is now a collective thirty-two musicians strong with footprints around the globe. The quintet of brilliant artists we are bringing to NVCM are some of the finest musicians—and people—we know. We are proud of the work Decoda continues to do, bringing meaningful musical experiences not only to the world’s great stages, but also to communities where live music is rarely heard, with residencies in schools, foster care facilities, prisons, shelters, and hospitals. It’s incredibly exciting to be able to introduce an ensemble so close to our hearts with our community here.”

-Owen Dalby and Meena Bhasin

About Decoda

Decoda is a New York City-based modular chamber ensemble dedicated to creating meaningful musical experiences through dynamic performances, education, and a quest for social impact. Decoda provides engaging performances, interactive concerts, and enlightening discussions serving the widest possible types of audiences. Now in its sixth season, Decoda's projects and performances have taken place in the South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, and across the United States.

Decoda is committed to supporting the international community of artists who wish to deepen their community involvement and understanding of high-level interactive performance. In order to effectively serve this community of burgeoning teaching artists, Decoda has established annual chamber music and leadership institutes at Skidmore College, in South Africa, and as the Resident Ensemble in Creative Performance at the Guildhall School of Music in London, UK.

Music for Transformation, Decoda’s social justice initiative, brings creative songwriting projects to help empower vulnerable and disenfranchised voices. Decoda’s exemplary work in maximum-security prisons and in the juvenile justice system has been recognized by CNN, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and Billboard Magazine. Decoda has on three separate occasions been invited to the White House to perform and advocate for arts programming as a means for criminal justice reform.