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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)

 

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Press

"Choice of the Week"  
New York Times
"International Arts Critic Choice of the Week"
 

"A clawhammer tour-de-force"
Banjo Newsletter 
Col•lage was named the Banjo Newsletter Editor's Choice as one of 12 best banjo recordings of 2011.  "This recording is a clawhammer tour de force from a true master, with classical, Latin, blues, old-time and jazz selections, including seven of Michael's originals, all performed with an elan that will impress even the most 3-finger-centric."  

 

"Michael Miles and JS Bach"  
Chicago Tribune, Howard Reich
"Miles has dared to take on some of the most dramatic and profound music ever written.... and succeeded."
  

"Genius"  
WXRT Chicago, Lin Brehmer
"Genius...in a musician's paradise, the viral videos would be artists like Michael J. Miles playing his banjo."  
 

"Speechless"  
Midwest Record, Chris Spector
"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.”   
 

"A mighty soul stirring sound!" 
Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss
"Highly recommended….an exhilarating, musical and multi-dimensional journey….a provocative political and social history of America.  Give the banjo to Michael Miles and you'll hear a mighty soul-stirring sound!"
 
"Highly Recommended"
 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Entertaining, thoughtful mix of music, prose, and poetry.”  


"Positively haunting"
 

Banjo Newsletter
"Positively haunting...uniquely Michael's... intriguing...inspired...So what would you expect? I can't say I know too many banjo players who would even think of playing such tunes, let alone perform them so well." 
 
Pete Seeger  

Personal Letter
"This is one of the most beautiful recordings I've heard in all my 70 years... It is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again."

Yo Yo Ma  
Personal Letter
"Thanks for the music you make!"

John Mahoney (from Frasier TV show) 
Personal Letter
“Absolutely wonderful... funny, wistful, exciting, and thought provoking.”

US Counsel General, Morocco  
Personal Letter from Elisabeth Millard
"Musicians like Michael Miles are among the best ambassadors the United States can have."   

WFMT, Chicago's Fine Art Station
Personal letter after hour long performance broadcast live on WFMT.
"Thank you for a fabulous performance, from all of us here at WFMT." 
 

John McEuen
Founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band describing Miles "American Bach." 
"A great, unequaled performance." 

 

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

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