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.





School Programs

Miles is a freelance educator who teaches all ages. His work ranges from providing kindergarten students their earliest music experiences all the way through to leading postgraduate study for professional music educators.   Click on these links for more information:

With driving guitar, sparkling banjo, a warm voice, and an engaging manner, Miles has delighted student audiences for years with his compelling mix of musicianship and history...more

Working with classroom and/or music teachers Miles offers residency options that develop musical skills and integrate literature, history or current events...more

School Guitar Programs
Miles’ guitar programs in schools are designed to help implement new curriculums or supplement ongoing guitar programs with workshops and special topics...more

Send A Song To The President
Students answer the question, “If you were the president of the United States, what would you do to make the world a better place.”   Answers are incorporated into a song sent directly to Washington DC...more

School Orchestras
Miles’ repertoire includes JS Bach, popular music, traditional music and his own compositions arranged for banjo with chamber or full orchestra...more

Miles offers grad school classes for professional music educators at Villanova University, West Chester University, and VanderCook College of Music...more

Banjo & Guitar Workshops
Miles has presented workshops in clawhammer banjo and fingerstyle guitar at numerous events---including Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, American Banjo Camp, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Midwest Banjo Camp....

Funding in Illinois
As a member of Illinois Arts Council’s juried rosters, funding is available to non-profit organizations and schools in Illinois, who would like to present Michael J. Miles...more

“Michael Miles respects children and teachers, builds children’s self esteem, collaborates with teachers and gives his complete energy and attention to the students as he teaches.  It was a true honor to observe him work with our students.  I highly recommend him." 
   - Susan Kilbane, Principal,
New Field School,  Chicago