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

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

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Michael is represented by

Siegel Artist Management

(570) 258-5700

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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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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)

 

CD's On Sale

 

 

 

Here is Existential Banjo, Episode 3:  MTA featuring Tony Trischka, arguably one of the greatest banjoists the world has ever known. One of his important early influences was the Kingston Trio and their version of the MTA.   But in his storied career, it has never been recorded until now.  

Existential Banjo, Episode 2
"People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield
Performance at City Winery featuring Sue Demel on vocals, John Abbey on bass and Geraldo de Oliveira on percussion.   PLEASE SHARE!!

EXISTENTIAL BANJO
Season 1, Episode 1

Dylan for Clawhammer 

Bob Dylan for Clawhammer Banjo is now available here.   The book includes 14 Dylan tunes arranged as instrumental renderings of Dylan's amazing work.   Tunes include All Along The Watchtower, Tangled Up In Blue, Mr. Tambourine Man, Positively 4th Street, Blowin' in the Wind and more.   While there is no audio officially included in the book, click below for a living room bootleg sample of what your banjo could sound like playing Dylan.   ORDER YOURS HERE

Blowin_in_the_Wind.mp3

Banjo master Michael J. Miles takes on Walt Whitman and jazz

Howard Reich - Jazz Critic

Chicago banjo whiz Michael J. Miles has launched some strange, ambitious ventures through the years. He has penned a "Yellowbird Concerto" for banjo and orchestra, transformed music of blues pioneer Robert Johnson and jazz master Dave Brubeck and transcribed for his soft-spoken instrument two monuments of classical music: cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach. The man clearly does not dream small.   Read more

The Camerado Suite is a new composition for banjo, chamber orchestra and jazz choir featuring text by Walt Whitman.  The final stanza of "Song of the Open Road."   Chicago Tribune's jazz critic Howard Reich published a story about this today.  Click here to read story.  

On Friday, Jan 22 at 7:30pm CT, Chicago's PBS station WTTW will be running their story about my 25 year relationship and detailed written correspondence with Pete Seeger.   There is a permanent display at the Old Town School where all of the correspondence can be seen.   I was one of the many lucky ones who felt the powerful embrace of Pete Seeger's encouragement.  Click here for broadcast.

MICHAEL MILES in Concert with Chamber Orchestra and Chorale

Weds, Feb 3, 7:00pm at the Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior, Chicago 

Featuring the Niles North High School Orchestra and Chorale performing the "Camerado Suite", a new composition by Michael Miles featuring the final stanza of Walt Whitman's "Song of the Open Road," set to music for banjo, chamber orchestra and chorale.   

 

While in Istanbul, I met these amazing Iranian musicians who have a community music school right near the university where we were doing our concerts and workshops.   In this video Sharhad Sidfar plays his 8 string saz, explains how microtonal maqams work, and allows me to join him in a duet with banjo and saz.  

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