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Cali Immersive Residency with Decoda

March 22, 2023, 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Location Chapin Hall (John J. Cali School of Music) - Various
Cali Immersive Residency with Decoda

10:45-11:45AM  | Leshowitz Recital Hall 
Classroom Methods II
In their visit to Classroom Methods II (MUED 321/557), a course framed around general music methods and social justice, members of DECODA will facilitate a composition and/or improvisation mini-project with students to further examine the potentials of facilitating such projects with general music public school students.

1:30-2:30 | Leshowitz Recital Hall 
Cali Midweek Concert 
Free Reservations Required
Decoda, a chamber music collective and Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, shares a concert of newly-written works, including two world premieres by Benjamin Horne and Joseph Jones. Decoda members will also share a new work written specifically for this concert by Xiao Bao He, a composer currently incarcerated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility who has worked with Decoda members through their Music for Transformation Initiative. The program is rounded out by two short and evocative works by Joan Tower and Olivier Messaien.

2:45-4:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall 
Cali Collective
Decoda will lead the Cali Collective in an arranging project of songs written by participants from various workshops and residents of incarceration facilities.  The songs will be arranged with the idea of creating interesting self-contained miniatures with cuts, compressions, expansions, and so on.

Orchestra Flashmob 
The University Orchestra will gleefully lead a flash mob at an undisclosed location on campus, performing a short excerpt from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade - a composition inspired by the tales of The Arabian Nights. 

7:30-9:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall 
Performance Entrepreneurship
Members of Decoda will speak to the Performance Entrepreneurism class about how they defined their mission and founded their ensemble as an artist-led collective. In addition to performances of chamber music and training musicians, they will discuss their community-based residencies and creative projects, which are central to their work as an ensemble.  Decoda comprises some of the busiest New York freelance musicians. They will also speak about how they balance their work and individual portfolio careers. 

Decoda was founded in 2012 by musicians who first collaborated as members of Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. Its work as an ensemble has grown out of this collective training, which focused on developing skills as exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates for music in communities around the world. 

Decoda’s versatile musicians are equally committed to virtuosic performance and audience engagement. Its flexible instrumentation, from trios to large mixed ensemble, allows for unique, inspiring and engaging concert experiences for a vast array of audiences, from concert halls to schools, hospitals, and correctional facilities. As alumni of Ensemble Connect and in recognition of its members’ ongoing success as artists, educators, and advocates for music, Decoda is the only independent ensemble to be recognized as an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Our virtuosic musicians perform creative chamber music programs for curious audiences. Drawing from a dynamic continuum of styles, eras, and instrumentations, we seek to create inspiring musical experiences for all.