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ABOUT US

SupportCA is a branch of SupportNYC, a national movement designed to heal and revitalize communities through the arts.

Co-Founders

ARKAI channels the diversity of the world through genre-bending music, forging new possibilities for what a violin and cello can be. Graduates of The Juilliard School, their past engagements have included performances at The MET Breuer, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the 92nd Street Y. Their electronic debut composition, “Letters from COVID”, was recently featured at TED@PMI for a global audience of over 30,000 people from 182 countries. ARKAI is a recipient of a Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust.

For more on ARKAI, please visit their website.

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SupportCA Leadership

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Based in Los Angeles, Ben Fried enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and composer. He is completing his Doctorate in Cello Performance at the University of Southern California, and has performed in many prestigious venues across the globe. He has been awarded prizes from The Grand Prize Virtuosi Competition, the Eastman School Concerto Competition, The USC Bach Competition, The Pasadena Club Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He is an Artist in Residence for the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. His free improvisation duo, Derive has been featured throughout the LA music scene, and has a documentary coming out about their work in 2022. His primary teachers have included Andrew Shulman, Timothy Eddy, Steven Doane, Hans Jensen, and Rhea Davis. 

BEN FRIED

MICHAEL KIM-SHENG

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Michael Kim-Sheng is a producer and composer between musical worlds. Born into a musical family, he started piano lessons at the age of 4. The music of Chopin and Debussy was always playing in the background at home and they continue to resonate in his compositional voice. As a teenager, his friends introduced him to new genres of music and he was driven to learn electric guitar, drums and sound recording. His musical work is a meeting between these backgrounds, falling between classical and popular genres, and combining acoustic instruments with electronic rhythms and textures. 

 

He pursued formal studies in composition at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and at McGill University. He won the SOCAN grand prize for emerging composers in 2018. Emerging from his studies, he has been refining his unique voice as a creator and honing his craft in electronic music production, culminating in the release of his debut EP Haven of Lavender in 2019. He has also been working as a piano instructor, a video game composer and he manages his own YouTube channel. These additional activities challenge and develop his engagement as a composer in his community.