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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2019 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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Representation

Michael is represented by

Siegel Artist Management

(570) 258-5700

ExistentialBanjo.com

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

 

 

 

MM at Sandburg Awards

Here are a few shots from the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner.  

About a week ago, I was one of 89 Chicago artists/writers who were honored guests the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Library Foundation. This year's award winners were George R. R. Martin and Dr. Eve Ewing. Among the featured speakers was Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

I was so honored to be recognized as composer/writer among these extraordinary people--Chris Jones, Alex Kotlowitz, Chris Ware, Dave Hoekstra, Dr. Dipika Mukherjee, Elise Paschen, Luis Alberto Urrea, Joel Hall and many others.

This was a grand honor. Each of us also appeared on the giant silver screen. They played a video clip of "From Senegal To Seeger" and I was invited to play the banjo live on stage, ever so briefly.

On this day, the Chicago Public Library also dropped all their late return fines--but they still don't really encourage banjo playing in the library.

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