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

"Miles is Chicago's best kept secret...one of the leading lights of contemporary instrumental music." 
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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. 

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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)

 

CD's On Sale

 

 

 

Joyful news!  I received notice that I was named one of the this year's DCASE Grant Winners for the City of Chicago.  I proposed the idea to them that I compose a piece of music with the working tile of MISSISSIPPI RIVER SUITE.  In brief this would be a 7-movement composition that uses the rich history, geography, rhythm, and rhyme of the 'river that divides the nation as a foundation for a new work about a divided nation.'  

The dreamscape instrumentation will vary across the movements but will include voices, found sound, banjo, guitar, strings, percussion, woodwinds, sitar, harmonica, accordion and many of my musical comrades in Chicago.  There will be spoken word as well as song form and melody.  All this is in the the research phase at the moment with more to share as I have it.  

In the meantime, just last Friday, I received this beautiful note from Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.  He made my day and makes me oh so glad to live here in Chicago, in the city of where I was born, and where my world spins round and round.  

Much more to come.  

Click here to read the letter from Mayor Rahm Emanuel