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.





Orchestra and
String Quartet

“Thanks for the music you make.”  Yo-Yo Ma

"A remarkable first reaction to his playing was a smile, and then amazement." 
    - Janos Starker, Indiana University 

Michael J. Miles has been a student of classical music his entire career, and an important contributor to modern interpretation of classical music since the release of his groundbreaking American Bach CD, a unique exploration of the works of J.S. Bach performed on banjo.


Michael has integrated his passion for Bach on the banjo with traditional classical music organizations and performers, having collaborated with numerous professional orchestras and ensembles including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the de Pasquale String Quartet from the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Michael Miles in concert with the de Pasquale String Quartet from the Philadelphia Orchestra. 


Michael has also integrated his unique approach to classical music with his love of teaching, and regularly works with high school and middle school orchestras performing a repertoire featuring works by J.S. Bach, as well as original compositions like the "Yellowbird Concerto" and "Chicago Trilogy" that are informed by the best of classical music.


Michael's classical musicianship has been praised not only by critics, but by noted classical musicians and scholars like Yo-Yo Ma and Professor Emeritus and world-renowned cellist,  Janos Starker.


"Yellowbird Concerto:  Prelude"


“The most striking work unfolded in an original piece, his 'Yellowbird Concerto,' written for banjo and orchestra but played here by Miles with the Chamber Blues String Quartet.

The classical setting sounded thoroughly natural...The concerto managed to express the down-home Americana spirit of Miles' banjo writing in an unapologetically classical context.

Why hasn't this work been given a hearing with a noteworthy orchestra?”

       - Howard Reich,
Chicago Tribune

  Courante Movement of Suite For The Americas performed by Michael along with Chamber Blues String Quartet.  

Dorian Movement of Suite For The Americas performed by Michael along with Chamber Blues String Quartet.  


"New Century Suite" performed with Orchestra.


"New Century Suite" performed solo.