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.





FUNDING IN ILLINOIS from the Illinois Arts Council

The Illinois Arts Council provides financial support to non-profit presenters and Illinois schools who hire artists who are on the select Artstour and Arts-In-Education rosters. Michael has been selected to both of these rosters. A very brief application from the presenter is required. Arts Council staff are available to assist with this. It is a wonderful way that the state supports artists, presenters, and schools in Illinois.  The Quickstart program is also a great place to start.   


Arts In Education Roster

Michael has been chosen by a panel of professional educators to be a member of the IAC Arts in Education Roster. This honor recognizes working artists who have developed engaging programs for schools K-12, by providing funding support for educational residencies of up to 6 months.

Contact: Tatiana Gant, Acting Director for Arts In Education 

t: 312-814-6765


Quickstart Program

Project QuickStart is designed to support project grants of up to $1000 for schools and school districts that are planning to conduct a short term residency experiences with specific Illinois artists during a school year. 

Contact: Tatiana Gant, Acting Director for Arts In Education 

t: 312-814-6765


ArtsTour Roster

Michael has been chosen by a panel of working artists to be a member of the IAC Arts Tour Roster. This honor recognizes the artistic merit of Illinois residents by providing funding support to Illinois presenters who hire them.

Contact: Walter Buford,Director of Performing Arts Programs 

t: 312-814-4992


How To Apply

Funding is provided directly to presenters who've contracted with roster artists. The Illinois Arts Council staff are ready, willing, and able to assist in these endeavors.

General information: