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.





International Tours

"It is comforting to know that the future of our nation is in the hands of such inspired young people.   Thank you Michael Miles."          
 - President Jimmy Carter 


“I commend you for your hard work as an educator and send my best wishes."    
      - President Bill Clinton


“If these are Americans....please send more of them."    - Moroccan Imam's immediate response to hearing Miles' music

After music, politics is Michael MIles' passion. Michael has discovered that music, combined with an open heart can make a difference in the world.  

If the world has any hope," he says, "it will be on the shoulders of art and culture."  

Without even being able to communicate with one another in spoken language, Michael has collaborated with musicians in Morocco and Lebanon to build musical bridges that transcend the politics of the moment.

These international musical collaborations reflect the mutual respect and appreciation that musicians from different cultures share worldwide -- a human connection that is not reflected in the nightly news.  

These multicultural musical collaborations demonstrate to the public -- especially young students both within and outside the United States -- that we are all the same, that the message of "one Love" is not confined to the genius Bob Marley's lyrics and performances.

Michael MIles is the Music Director of Global Voices Initiative, founded by Arlene Crewdson.

We invite you to learn more about the Global Voices Initiative.

Michael demonstrates the ancient Hajuj, one of the grand elders of the American banjo.  After touring Morocco, this instrument was built for him by the world renowned Zine Abedine, Morocco's leading player and builder of this exquisite instrument. 

Michael Miles talks about music as diplomacy and performs his banjo composition, "Chicago Trilogy."


Michael Miles is taught how to play the tune, "Tabila" by Abdelilah el Miry.