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.






Featuring the Chamber Blues String Quartet

Featuring the banjo with flugelhorn and cajon

Featuring the Chamber Blues String Quartet, and some of the very finest jazz musicians in trumpet, flugelhorn, vibes, voices, & percussion.


New Century Suite

Featuring Blue Note recording artist, Jackie Allen

Featuring Bela Fleck playing harmony banjo

Banjoist and composer Miles has collaborated with some of the world's best musicians here-- Bela Fleck; jazz singer Jackie Allen; plus alto flute, piano and more. 



American Bach


Arranged for clawhammer banjo and double bass

Opening to Miles' 5-movement composition

This recording JS Bach’s first and third suites for unaccompanied cello, arranged for clawhammer banjo and double bass.   Others have experimented with Bach, but no banjo player has ever attempted playing entire suites.    




The Magic Banjo

Classic fiddle tune played clawhammer style. 

Beautiful melody from Brittany 

Using 8 different banjos, including Senegalese Halam and fretless minstrel banjo Miles plays the music from his one-man show entitled "From Senegal to Seeger: Stories of the American Banjo."






Instrumental version of song by Stan Rogers.


Banjo harmony with jazz flute

Miles’ debut recording features traditional melodies on one banjo, with counterpoint harmony lines on a second banjo.   This double banjo sound is accompanied by lush instrumentation--accordion, jazz flute, marimba, & fiddle.