Existential Banjo


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
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



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


About Michael J. Miles



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 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.





Ensemble Concerts

“And what an ensemble it was: string quartet, jazz trumpter, two vocalists and a sleek little rhythm section. With this kind of support, the humble banjo could make the walls of Jericho fall.”  - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Michael J. Miles is well known for his ensemble concerts that take the spirit of his solo works and American song classics to the streets of the world -- Chicago, Morocco, Lebanon, Brazil.


With Michael playing primarily banjo and guitar, these cross-cultural musical collaborations and explorations feature a wide array of musicians and instruments: from conventional drums and international percussion like tabla to trumpet, flugelhorn, bass, vibes, guitar, other banjos, a string quartet and the beautiful sound of the human voice. 


Michael Miles in concert in Meknes, Morocco with Abdelilah el Miry and Nasser Houaria.


The musical performance mix is always changing and always delightful, with spectacular nationally and internationally known players seamlessly weaving complex musical textures built upon Michael's original compositions and classics like Buddy Holly's “Maybe Baby,” Johnny Mercer’s “One for My Baby,"  Richard Thompson’s “Vincent Black Lightning” and the Rolling Stones "Sway."

Sway (Mick Jagger & Keith Richards)


Michael Miles ensemble concerts can be staged with varying levels of stage decoration, from elegantly minimalist presentations that define the physical space with simply with light to more lavish presentations that utilize sophisticated projected visual elements that mirror and enhance the musical selections.

“Thanks for including Take Five.”

     - Dave Brubeck

Miles performs his composition "Guaracha."

Miles performs JS Bach's composition "Sleepers Awake," with vibes, bass, & vocals.

Miles performs his composition "Melodious Pich."

Miles performs Buddy Holly's "Maybe Baby."