About Michael J. Miles


A-sides is a fingerstyle guitar record featuring 50 years of hit songs from Hoagy Carmichael to Laura Nyro and Marvin Gaye, feauturing Chicago jazz musicians and the legendary Darol Anger on violin.  


BOB DYLAN FOR BANJO (clawhammer style of course) and FIRST 50 SONGS You Should Play on the Banjo (co-written with Greg Cahill of Special Consensus Bluegrass Band.)  Both published by Hal Leonard

EXISTENTIAL BANJO.  Across 2016, Michael will open the Existential Banjo, a youtube channel featuring performance, education & commentary with guest artists from across the world.  





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 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.





Michael J. Miles
Musician, Composer, Performing Artist,
Musical Playwright, Educator

Michael J. Miles is a master banjoist, guitarist, orchestral composer, author of numerous theatrical works combining music and history, and acclaimed music educator.

 " a musician's paradise, the viral videos would be artists like Michael J. Miles playing his banjo."  - Lyn Brehmer, WXRT 

 Michael puts his musical stamp all over the walls of the possible and the improbable.  Alone in concert or with his signature stage production, “From Senegal To Seeger,” he has had standing ovations on four continents. 

But give him a string quartet, a jazz band, an orchestra, a choir and Michael has created new music bringing critical rave and professional respect from musical legends—Pete Seeger, Dave Brubeck, Bela Fleck, Janos Starker, Corky Siegel—and there are more..  

"This is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again."   - Pete Seeger

 And in a world poisoned by international heartache Michael has reached across borders with music as the powerful and wordless weapon of respect.  For his work in Morocco, Lebanon, and Turkey, Michael has been heralded by the US State Dept on three occasions for his powerful and enduring musical diplomacy.   

 “I commend you for your hard work as an educator, and send my best wishes."    

   - President Bill Clinton



Michael plays his composition, "Chicago Trilogy."

Michael plays his composition, "Melodious Pich," accompanied by vibes, percussion, & fluglehorn.

Michael plays JS Bach's "Sleepers Awake" with vibes playing harmony and exquisite vocals.