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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." 
- Midwest Record

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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

 

 

 

Concert Artist

"Genius...in a musician's paradise, the viral videos would be artists like Michael J. Miles playing his banjo." 
         - Lin Brehmer, WXRT Chicago


Michael's concerts are as electrifying as they are illuminating--whether he stands alone on stage, with a small ensemble or with a full orchestra and choir. 

 

With his banjo and guitar, Michael’s concerts include his innovations into world music, his compositions, JS Bach, stories of four decades of travels. There's literature, politics & passion, some folk songs and pop tunes, music you’ll like and things you’ve never heard before.

 

Think you know what banjo sounds like? Listen to  "Sway" by the Rolling Stones on an 1855 Ashborn Banjo.




Michael is also known as the consummate collaborator—ever pushing the boundaries of what is possible, both in his hometown Chicago and across the world.

"And what an ensemble it was: string quartet, jazz trumpeter, 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       

 

PETE SEEGER

Michael has collaborated and enjoyed the encouragement of many artists including the late renowned cellist Janos Starker as well as jazz legend, Dave Brubeck.  But early in Michael's career, Pete Seeger stepped forward and changed his world with this description of Michael's first recording.    

“One of the most beautiful I’ve heard. This is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”     - Pete Seeger

 


Miles performs his composition "Guaracha."
 

Miles plays his version of Little Pink Houses featuring Corky Siegel & Sons of Never Wrong.  

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

Miles performs his composition "Melodious Pich."