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Organization Name
Ensemble Decipher
About Us
Ensemble Decipher is a modular, experimental music group that performs with vintage, contemporary, and emerging technologies. Founded in 2017 by Niloufar Nourbakhsh, the ensemble strives to redefine performer virtuosity by drawing on the technological advancements of our time to highlight new voices and ways of listening. Ensemble Decipher seeks to reflect on and challenge the power structures that lace the field of electronic music by reexamining technology’s role in their performance practice. Recent works commissioned by the group have mobilized network technologies, accelerometers attached to rocks, boxes trained via machine learning to respond to touch, acoustic instruments, and laptops. Ensemble Decipher has collaborated with notable composers and technologists including Mari Kimura, Margaret Schedel, Daria Semegen, Kamala Sankaram, Jose Tomás Henriques, Mara Helmuth, Yaz Lancaster, Paul Leary, and Lainie Fefferman and premiere works by many others. Recent feature performances include concerts at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, International Computer Music Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Network Music Festival, Earth Day Art Model, and an ensemble residency at the New Music for Strings Festival in Denmark. Current members include Joseph Bohigian, Robert Cosgrove, Eric Lemmon, Chelsea Loew, Taylor Long, and Niloufar Nourbakhsh. For the current season, Decipher will be in residence at Michigan State University; perform at the Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series at Peabody Conservatory, NowNet Arts Conference, and Silo City; and have commissioned new works by Bora Yoon and Erin Rogers to be premiered in 2023.
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