Live Musician Michael J. Miles

Michael J. Miles is a master banjoist, guitarist, orchestral composer, author of numerous theatrical works combining music and history, and acclaimed music educator. Michael's now-international performance career began with his first musical love, the banjo. Widely regarded as one of America’s most inventive and accomplished clawhammer banjo players, Michael's earliest recording -- Counterpoint -- was described by Pete Seeger as “the most beautiful I’ve heard...”

Over the past 25 years Michael has broadened the scope of his performance repertoire to include everything from stunning solo performances using primitive African instruments that are the forerunners of the banjo to full scale orchestral performances of original compositions combining string quartet, vibes, flugelhorn, trumpet, percussion, and voices with classical music, blues, jazz, show tunes and folk song influences. Of particular note are Michael's “American Journeys” -- musical documentaries for the stage that combine live music with politics, literature, humor, popular culture and projected imagery of art and historical photography. Michael is actively involved with the Global Voices Initiative -- a vehicle for enabling musical collaborations by students around the world -- and has twice been endorsed by the United States State Department to serve as a musical ambassador, most recently to Lebanon in 2011.

To learn more about Michael and listen to some of his music, check out his website.