Latest Press

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2019 personal letter of congratulations to Michael.  Click here!

"Miles is Chicago's best kept of the leading lights of contemporary instrumental music." 
- Midwest Record



Michael is represented by

Siegel Artist Management

(570) 258-5700

10 LIVE VIDEO CLIPS with some of the world's greatest musicians--Darol Anger on violin, Corky Siegel on harmonica, Erkan Ogur of Turkey and many more. 



New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 


Two New Hal Leonard books



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


CD's On Sale




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."  - Lin 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.