Formed in 2003 by Irish composer Ed Bennett as a collective of performers and composers, Decibel explores experimental, energetic, extreme and unusual work which generally exists between, or outside the usual categories. They play contemporary music which combines a direct amplified instrumental ensemble sound with electronics, improvisation and in some cases theatrical elements.
Apart from premiering many works by Ed Bennett, Decibel has worked with a diverse range of subversive composers and artists including Louis Andriessen, Laurence Crane and Michael Finnissy, commissioning and premiering many new works. The group has also collaborated with artists from different disciplines including video artists and choreographers.
Since Decibel's first concert in Belfast in 2003 it has performed in concert halls, libraries, fields, sculptures, schools and art galleries throughout the UK and Ireland, to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim.
Rowland Sutherland flute/ piccolo
Maria Insua Cao clarinet/ bass clarinet
Neil McGovern saxophone
Murphy McCaleb trombone
Alan Thomas electric guitar
Fumiko Miyachi piano
Damien Harron percussion
Barbara Lueneburg violin
Ulrich Mertin viola
Clare O'Connell cello
Richard Pryce double bass
Daniele Rosina conductor