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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.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Dates

PAST PERFORMANCE VENUES INCLUDE...

Royal Opera Theatre, Marakesh • American University, Beirut • Seamus Ennis Centre, Dublin • Harris Theatre, Chicago • Sage Gateshead, UK • Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, Ireland • Milwaukee Rep Theatre • Ravinia Festival • Beni Mellal Theatre, Casablanca • Old Town School of Folk Music • Winnipeg Folk Festival • Philadelphia Folk Festival • WRTI Crossover • WFMT Midnight Special • Smithsonian Institution • Kennedy Center for Performing Arts • Chicago Humanities Festival

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Diwali with Funkadesi Trio - 6:30PM
1354 W. Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60622
(773)227-4433
Price: $10

Funkadesi Trio takes the stage including Maninderpal Singh on tabla, Rahul Sharma on sitar, and Lloyd Brodnax King on flute.   Michael will join them on banjo as well as Johnse Holt on guitar.   This will be the final episode of Panorama for 2017.  

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

CONCERT TOUR TO IRELAND

Nov 4 in Clarinbridge, County Galway
Michael J. Miles in Concert

Nov 6 in County Cork c/o John Nyham
Michael J. Miles in Concert

Nov 8 at Athy Community Arts Centre, County Kildare
"From Senegal To Seeger" 

 

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Barcelona, Spain

Michael joins Lluis Gomez at the renowned Al Ras Festival in Barcelona for three days of bluegrass, old time, folk music, and jazz with some of the finest players from Spain and France.  

Monday, January 8th, 2018

CLAWHAMMER BANJO WORLD OF FOLK & BLUES - 6:30PM
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
(773)728-6000

8-week class for intermediate level clawhammer banjo players to expand repertoire into the world of blues, folk music, and requests of their own choosing.  

Monday, January 8th, 2018

BEATLES FOR FINGERSTYLE GUITAR - 8:00pm
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
(773)728-6000

8-week class for intermediate level guitarists to learn Beatles repertoire played as instrumental arrangements for solo guitar.  

Friday, January 26th, 2018

CONCERT WITH JOHN McEUEN - 7:30
River Forest, IL 60305
708-524-6942

Michael joins John McEuen who will be recreating the legendary "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" record with members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band that he founded and a few guests.  

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

509 Delware St, #101
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-221-3655

Friday, April 6th, 2018

MICHAEL J. MILES & LLOYD BRODNAX KING
Boonville, MO

Michael travels to MO with flute/bass player Lloyd Brodnax King to participate in the Big Muddy Festival.  

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

MICHAEL J. MILES & LLOYD BRODNAX KING - 8:00pm
216 N. Main St
Wheaton, IL 60187
630-393-1247

Michael  & Lloyd head to Wheaton IL to one of the finest coffeehouse experiences in the midwest. 

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

CONCERT WITH SONS OF THE NEVER WRONG
201 Schaumburg Court
Schaumburg, IL 60193
847-895-3600

Michael opens the concert for his old friends the Sons of the Never Wrong.   Look for some spontaneous combustion and collaboration.  

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Charlton, MA

Three days of banjo workshops and concerts!

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Olivet, MI

Four days of banjo workshops and concerts!!