Drawing their name from the Greek ἀρχαί meaning “source of action”, ARKAI channels the diversity of the world through genre-bending music and sonic exploration. Recent graduates of The Juilliard School, violinist Jonathan Miron and cellist Philip Sheegog formed ARKAI after meeting through the Artist as Citizen Conference, a gathering of young artists from around the country intent on using the arts for social change. Past engagements have included performances at The Met Breuer’s first commissioned sound-based installation: Oliver Beer’s Vessel Orchestra, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall’s Studio 57, The Peace Studio, and the 92nd Street Y. ARKAI is a recipient of a Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust.
They have also created Global Perspectives, an educational program that provides participants with the opportunity to learn artistic traditions from around the world from master artists, employing the performing arts as a model for exploring global citizenship within our increasingly globalized world. Piloted at The Juilliard School — most recently through a feature performance at Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater as part of the ChamberFest series — the program is set to debut at the 92nd Street Y in Fall 2020, with future collaborations on the horizon.