Profile Type: Artist
Michael Nix


Banjo innovator, Michael Nix designed the Banjar, a modern seven nylon string banjo combining elements of the five-string banjo and classical guitar; bringing the classic finger-style banjo of the late 1800's into the twenty first century.  His instrumentals, songs, and compositions draw from classic banjo and guitar, early banjo, folk, jazz and world music traditions.


Michael Nix Offers Two Concert Programs as full concerts or 1 hour programs:

1) Banjar: The Art of the Modern 7-String Banjo, featuring music from the earliest notated banjo music, 19th century classic banjo music, and new music for the modern classical banjo


2) From “Banza” to “Banjar”, A Lecture-Concert Program traces the history of the banjo from it’s inception in the 17th century Caribbean slave trade to it’s integration in modern musical culture.


Michael Nix performs on Banjar, classical guitar, banjo, and mandolin, throughout the United States and Asia; has recorded for the PBS series “American Experience”, several independent documentaries, numerous CD projects; and his compositions are performed internationally. His music has been heard “Weekend Edition”, and other NPR programs.


In 2017 Nix performed his compositions for New Classic Banjo at the Smithsionian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Nix participated in Seegerfest 2014, and other concerts commemorating the life of Pete Seeger.  In 2012 Nix performed American music at the Surin International Folkore Festival in Thailand with the Sorvino Dance Project. Nix toured as a member of the Monadnock Classical Guitar Duo, and as a soloist he was on the New Hampshire Touring Program for four years from 1979-1983. Throughout the 1980’s he was a featured performer for the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society’s Andres Segovia outreach program “The Guitar About Town.  In 1988, he performed at the Bushnell Hall in Hartford CT, commemorating a 1931 Andres Segovia performance with Madam Emilita Segovia as the honored guest.  He founded The NixWorks Ensemble in 1999, a flexible chamber ensemble, to explore multiple creative influences and genre. He currently performs with violinist, mandolinist Chris Devine as the Devine-Nix Duo.


Michael Nix’s concerts have been described as “touching” and “transcendent”:


“Michael Nix takes the listener along on a new voyage with a completely different musical vessel. Listeners will discover a shimmering versatility.” —Ritchie Davis, The Recorder


“… breathtakingly beautiful to hear.”  –Peter Mix, “Acoustic Musician” Magazine


Additional Links: 
Video, Audio, and Press Articles on NixWorks, Michael Nix website
Michael Nix NixWorks YouTube Chanel more videos
Michael Nix NixWorks Flickr Photo Gallery
Michael Nix Tumblr Blog

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PO BOX 400
Physical Address: 
Greenfield, MA 01301
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Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
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Music - Chamber
Music - Composition
Music - Folk
Music - Jazz
Music - New
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
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General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
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Performing Groups
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Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Guitar Foundation of America
American Banjo Fraternity
Boston Classical Guitar Society
The Banjo Gathering
BM, Guitar Performance, Keene State College, cum laude
MM, Music Composition, University of Massachusetts
1991 Massachusetts Music Teacher Association "Composer of the Year"
2001 Americans for the Arts, America Begins to Heal, "Prayer for the victims of Terror" by Michael Nix listed in national registry of works in response to 9/11 attacks
2002 Commission from Greenfield Community College with the Ann Sorvino Dance Project for "Labyrinth" a one year 9/11 remembrance work
1989-92 was selected as a featured performer "The Guitar About Town" outreach program, Connecticut Classical Guitar Society
1989 commission with composer Salvatore Macchia for a children's opera, University of Massachusetts Opera Workshop
1988 was one of four guitarists selected to perform at the Bushnell in Hartford, Ct. to honor Andres Segovia's 1931 performance there.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
1 Chair, no arms, seat approx 19" from floor, OR 1 tall stool with seat approx. 29" from the floor.
PA system with one instrumental mic (SM 57 or AKG 1000s) and one vocal mic (SM 58, or SM 58 Beta). Artist can provide PA if necessary. A GROUNDED THREE PRONG outlet at the performance site would be required.
Sufficient general or warm lighting on stage to read music, unless other arrangements (candle light concert, etc.) are made.
Raised stage (or tall stool) for good audience sight lines.
Secure Green Room or waiting area for instrument and case storage.
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Private Studio
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Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
BM, Guitar Performance
MM, Music Composition
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