About Musical Documentaries
Michael J. Miles is a prolific author of his own genre of works for the stage that mix music, history, literature, politics and humor: Musical Documentaries for the Stage.
These American Journeys each embrace distinctly American subjects that are illuminated through primary source research, writing and visual presentation. Juxtaposing the richness of the history of the American experience with the coloring of period music and the hilarity of popular culture, these performances are at once entertaining and informative.
“Captivating, entertaining...vivid images of America.” - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
With musicianship and musical performance as the centerpiece of these works, Michael places American music in a historic - cultural context that deepens the meaning of our shared musical inheritance.
In the American Journeys Michael illuminates the music with his articulate narration of contemporary popular culture; performs readings of contemporary literature and poetry; brings politics of the day to life with the words and voices of important historical actors; sings traditional songs with the sincerity and powerful intent of the authors; and underscores all of this with his virtuoso skills on the banjo and guitar.
"International Arts Guide Critics Choice of the Week" - New York Times
These musical documentaries have been staged in theaters, libraries, and art centers across America -- as well as at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution and on tour with the United States State Department in Morocco and Lebanon.
This one-man show is the musical story of the banjo and its extraordinary history, with Michael Miles performing with a broad array of banjos and pre-banjo instruments like the Senegalese Halam that contributed to the modern banjo. From Senegal to Seeger has been staged more than 400 times over the past 15 years.
Tin Pan Alley Times
Selected scenes: "From Senegal to Seeger"
Selected Scenes: "Tin Pan Alley Times."
The story and music of the "Melodious Pich."