Lebanon"We were inspired to present a concert here that involved your American banjo & guitar, Arabic oud, piano, Chinese pipa, and Arabic improvisational voice—a unique combination most likely unprecedented in Lebanon."
Dr. Marj Henningsen,
Founder & Director,
Wellspring Learning Community
This is the 3rd of Miles’ musical diplomacy tours characterized by international music collaboration, free concerts, and outreach to school children and families. Miles states that, “if the world has any hope, it is on the shoulders of art and culture.” And as Elisabeth Millard, US Counsel General to Morocco, said that musicians like Michael Miles are among “the best ambassadors the United States can have.”
The videos on this page portray some of the artistic collaboration that took place. There were improvisational exchanges with both oud and traditional Arabic vocalese mejana.
"You established a wonderful rapport with the students immediately—you clearly have a gift for working with young people....Having the students see their music teachers as not only teachers, but also as creative musicians was an invaluable experience inspiring more interest in music than what normal school activity can do."
Michael Miles plays "La Anta Habibi" on the banjo along with Lara Molaeb on piano & vocals, Xiao on Chinese pipa, and Ashraf el Chouli on oud.
Michael Miles talks about music as diplomacy and performs his banjo composition, "Chicago Trilogy."
Michael Miles performs his collaborative work, "We Will Build A New World," with fellow student and teacher composers.