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, the Peace First Summit, the 92nd Street Y. They have also created Global Perspectives, an educational world music program piloted at The Juilliard School, and hosted open improvisation jams in New York City. ARKAI is a recipient of a Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust.
A graduate of The Juilliard School in violin performance, Jonathan Miron’s desire to connect with audiences of all cultures has inspired and taken him on an expansive journey to broaden his artistic palette – from collaborating with members of the Silk Road Ensemble, to appearing with Tony and Grammy Award winner Ben Platt at record mogul Clive Davis’ famed pre-Grammy party, to jamming with Grammy-nominated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez at NYC’s 92nd Street Y for thousands of school kids, to launching Global Perspectives, a world music workshop at Juilliard. Passionate about arts management, Jonathan is the Program Associate for the Center for Arts Learning and Leadership at the 92nd Street Y serving over 16,000 students and teachers throughout the NYC area.
Cellist Philip Sheegog is a dynamic collaborative artist who maneuvers within a diverse array of musical personas with ease. Drawing from roots influenced by a myriad of musical styles, Mr. Sheegog has been sought out for projects from all ends of the musical spectrum, from The Juilliard School’s contemporary ensemble, AXIOM, to the Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses video game music tour. A passionate advocate for collaboration and commissioning, Mr. Sheegog has premiered over seventy new works by living artists from choreographer John Heginbotham to film composer Christopher Gunning. Projects have led him to work with groups such as the New York hip-hop/classical collective ShoutHouse, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Steve Miller Rock Band. Mr. Sheegog holds his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School and is a recipient of the 2017 John Erskine Prize and a Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant.