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