DISA participants showcase their skills

Disa residency performed at Youngblood Gallery.

Participants of the Decoda Institute South Africa (DISA) Residency performed a concert to a packed audience at Youngblood Gallery in Bree Street recently.

The Disa residency is an in-depth music performance and learning residency with an emphasis on providing young musicians with communication and engagement skills that will enable them to bring classical music to new communities and the next generation.

Eighteen students and young professionals took part in the five-day programme, which included concerts in Khayelitsha and Cape Town and panel sessions and workshops such as Framing/Basics of Interactive Performance and Nurturing a Career in Music.

The residency was launched by Decoda in collaboration with the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.

Decoda is a New York-based chamber collective that is the rst Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall and also Resident Ensemble in Creative Performance at the Guildhall School, London.

Comprising of some of America’s top classical chamber musicians, it is dedicated to bringing meaningful musical experiences to a diverse range of audiences through engaging performances and interactive concerts, with the aim of connecting people through music, inspiring creativity and celebrating community and identity.

Throughout the month of June, they have been on their first South African tour, partnering with local music organisations. For more information, visit http://decodamusic.org