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.





Michael Miles in Concert

“Miles hits you in such a primal way that it leaves players like Pete Seeger and Bela Fleck speechless…. this mind blowing genre buster mixes up jazz, classics, originals and more into the tastiest stew you might ever encounter…. You have to hear this guy.”

     - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Michael J. Miles is an electrifying concert performer whose live performances have been warmly greeted from his hometown of Chicago to the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Royal Opera Theatre in Marrakesh.

As a soloist, with an ensemble, with a string quartet or a full orchestra -- the signature is always distinctive as Michael coaxes beautiful and unexpected sounds from the banjo, guitar and a variety of unusual instruments.

Miles has carved a musical world of his own -- mixing the ancient worlds of traditional and classical music with a blues-tinged catalog of original compositions. Mix in Tin Pan Alley, jazz guitar, fingerstyle artistry, and a warm baritone voice and you have Michael Miles in Concert!

“Give the banjo to Michael J. Miles and you’ll hear a mighty soul-stirring sound.”  
     - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times 

Miles performs his composition, "Chicago Trilogy."

"Tin Pan Alley Times" with rear screen imagery. 

Ensemble performs Miles',  "Melodious Pich"

Jack of Diamonds with audience participation.