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Existential Banjo

ENJOY EVERY EPISODE!

Episode 1
Little Pink America
with Corky Siegel &
Sons of the Never Wrong

Episode 2
People Get Ready
with Sue Demel, vocals

Episode 3
MTA (Poor Ol' Charlie)
with Tony Trischka


Episode 4
Suite for Americas:  Dorian
with Nora Barton, cello

Episode 5
Midnight Rider
with Darol Anger. violin

Episode 6
Vincent Black Lightning
@ Chicago City Winery

Episode 7
Hasna ya Layla
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni

Episode 8
Opus 821
with Geraldo de Oliveira

Episode 9
Gaudete & Sleepers Awake
with David Jennings, vibes

Episode 10
Corrina, Corrina
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni 

Episode 11
Dokunmak
with Erkan Ogur
(Concert in Istanbul)

Episode 12
Last Thing On My Mind
with Tom Paxton, songwriter

New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 

 

Two New Hal Leonard books

BOB DYLAN FOR BANJO

 

FIRST 50 SONGS
To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)

 

About Michael J. Miles

 

 A TRUE STORY....

When Pete Seeger first heard Michael Miles, he sent a letter to Michael saying that "in all my 70 years this is among the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever heard...it is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”
 

Michael Miles is one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. Add guitar, vocals, jazz instruments, orchestras and complex historically-themed theatrical presentations to the mix and, two decades later, Michael has a critically acclaimed catalog of original compositions, stage performances, music CD’s and music instruction books.

Michael's performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival, Harris Theatre in Chicago, American University in Beirut, Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland, MIAM Graduate Conservatory of Music in Istanbul,  and the Royal Opera Theatre in Marrakesh.

 

 

 

 

Assemblies
“Michael Miles respects children and teachers, builds children’s self esteem, collaborates with teachers and gives his complete energy and attention to the students as he teaches.  It was a true honor to observe him work with our students.  I highly recommend him." 
- Susan Kilbane, Principal, New Field School,  Chicago 

With driving guitar, sparkling banjo, a warm voice, and an engaging manner, Miles has delighted student audiences for years with his compelling mix of musicianship and history. 

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT@ ASSEMBLIES
Younger students want to participate, older students want to be engaged, all students want to be entertained. Teachers appreciate when there is a link to the classroom activities. Miles reaches into a rich history of working with young students to create the best experiences for all involved. 

GRADES K-2:  
“RHYTHM & ROOTS OF AMERICA”
 
”Get up and move, and make your own music!” This assembly makes it clear that everyone is a music-maker, and gives students the opportunity to make their own. There’s a special emphasis on American music and participatory music making.

GRADES 3-8: 
“THE MUSIC OF THE 20th CENTURY”

In 1927, Carl Sandburg published a collection of songs and described it this way: “The American Songbag is a ragbag of strips, stripes, and streaks of color from nearly all ends of the earth…it comes from the hearts and voices of thousands of men and women. They made new songs, they changed old songs, and they carried songs from place to place.”   Drawing on Sandburg’s premise that “songs tell our story” Miles has created musical portrait of the first 75 years of the 20th century and fashioned especially for young students.   
 

More Assemblies For All Ages

“FROM SENEGAL TO SEEGER:
Stories Of The American Banjo”
“The banjo is a drum with strings.”  This is an adaptation of Miles' renowned one man show where students see the roots of this amazing instrument.   Miles brings in instruments from his personal collection and plays music from around the world and across the span of hundreds of years of history.   More

“SEND A SONG TO THE PRESIDENT”
Students answer the question, “If you were the president of the United States, what would you do to make the world a better place.” Then students create a recording with Miles to send their ideas and voices to Washington DC.   Miles has surveyed thousands of students across the US in in the UK and has received responses from Presidents Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, and Jimmy Carter.   
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INTERESTED?
Every school is different has its own needs.  With decades of experience, Miles knows how to adapt his offerings to your school’s particular needs and circumstances.  Just give us a call, and we’ll show you why people have been so excited about having Michael Miles in their schools.  

“This was the best visiting artist EVER! (sic)  He had great musical talent, rapport with the audience and knowledge of his instruments and art.”   Butterworth School Music Teacher, Iowa 

Michael Miles performs for students in Morocco
 

Michael Miles shows modern & ancient banjos