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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.

 

 

 

 

Orchestra & Choral 
"Miles brought our orchestra to new level of artistic performance.  Students were amazed and dazzled and fully engaged."  
  - Ron DeGrandis, Orchestra Director

I.  ORCHESTRAS
Miles has performed with both professional and school orchestras.  He brings a wide range of music and invigorates the orchestral setting with his passion and musicianship. Students are delighted to participate in concerts with Miles.

REPERTOIRE
Miles specialized in the works of JS Bach for a period of time,  where he recorded and performed the 1st and 3rd Cello Suites.  This had never been done before on the banjo by anyone.  In his view (and in the view of many) one is never done with Bach.   But learning Bach awakened a composer in Miles and prompted him to create a series of works that he now performs regularly with banjo & string settings:  
Suite for the Americas, New Century Suite, Yellowbird Concerto, Firefly Sonata and others.   Additional  repertoire includes arrangements of Bach’s 3rd Cello Suite, traditional American and Irish music, folk music,  and rock & roll.

INSTRUMENTATION
• Banjo with string quartet or orchestra
• Guitar & vocals with orchestra

SCORES AVAILABLE
Interested?  By request, scores are available in Finale format for your review.   

II.  CHORAL ARRANGEMENTS: 
     “A World That Says Yes”
This is a powerful and uplifting song that has been performed by school chorus and church choir around the country.   It is written in 3 part harmony for all voices.  Miles works with choral groups to bring this piece to life.   

“A world that says yes,
There’s more love than fear
Yes, the smiles re-appear
A world that says yes, yes yes
A world that says no matter who you are,
or where you are or what you are
In this world, everyone’s the same.” 

“You were terrific. You are always welcome in our orchestra and school.”
     - Leslie, Grade 8, Easton PA 

Performance of New Century Suite with Perkiomen Valley High School Orchestra, PA
 

Rehearsal of Niles West HS chorus along with local Junior High Schools rehearsing, "A World That Says Yes."