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ARKAI

Friday, September 6 · view days & times
Venue: Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

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ARKAI is an award-winning electroacoustic duo that has inspired audiences around the world through its genre-defying string music. Graduates of The Juilliard School, their past engagements have included performances at The Met Museum, Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, Carnegie Hall, World Trade Center, US Air Force Academy, Lincoln Center, Musikfest, and Chateau Marmont. Their electronic debut composition, “Letters from COVID”, was featured at TED@PMI for a global audience of over 30,000 people from 182 countries. Recent highlights include opening for Oscar and Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste at NYC's Javits Center.

As creative collaborators, ARKAI was commissioned by the Museum of Chinese in America to compose a work for their exhibition Responses: Asian Americans Resisting the Tides of Racism. Other commissions have included a piece for Silver Lining Ltd’s Impact 5X initiative — a global economic justice project supporting hundreds of small business owners from underserved communities around the world.

Alongside performing, ARKAI creates artistic programs that connect and uplift communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their initiative SupportNYC helped raise over $80,000 in monetary support for small businesses and organizations across the USA like the MET Orchestra Musicians, Harmony Project, D’Addario Foundation, and Shakespeare Dallas through fundraising performances, spreading hope and healing to communities across the country through the power of the arts. ARKAI was honored with the 2021 Robert Sherman Music Education and Community Outreach Award presented by WQXR, The Juilliard School, and The Harold W. McGraw Family Foundation in recognition of their work through SupportNYC.

Through the U.S. Department of State and the Association of American Voices, ARKAI has engaged in exchange programs with underserved audiences around the world with little or no access to American music, demonstrating the power of cultural diplomacy as a tool to bring people together.

ARKAI recently joined the 2023 voting member class of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs). In collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Jonas W. Karlsson, ARKAI's debut album will be released in 2024. ARKAI is a winner of the 2021 Astral Artists National Competition.

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Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
645 E. First Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-332-1300
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