Latest Press

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

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



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. 



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)


CD's On Sale




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."