Michael Nix

Michael Nix

 Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA

Michael Nix plays the seven-string Banjar, which he designed, combining elements of the banjo & nylon strung guitar. Nix forges intriguing finger-style performances with compositions and arrangements influenced by folk, ragtime, jazz, blues, classical guitar, lute, and banjo music.


Michael Nix performs on the seven string Banjar, an instrument he has designed, which combines elements of the classical five string banjo and the classical guitar. The Banjar's seven high tension nylon strings sound somewhat like a cross between the banjo and guitar or lute. Nix combines lyrical expression with an insatiable musical curiosity to forge an intriguing performance style incorporating various styles and textures drawn from classical guitar and banjo, jazz, blues, folk. His repertoire includes original compositions, jazz, ragtime, Irish and folk tunes, Renaissance and Baroque lute dances, and pieces from the classical banjo and classical guitar canon.

Nix has performed on guitar, lute, banjo and mandolin, throughout the United States and Asia. He has composed solo music, songs, chamber music, symphonic works, electronic music, and opera. His work uses traditional classical techniques, with influences from electronic music, folk, jazz and world music. His music has been heard on NPR's "Weekend Edition", and on WGBH's "Morning Pro Musica".

Nix is currently on the Massachusetts Touring Program. He was member of The Moser/Nix Duo, performing music for mandolin and guitar. He 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. He was a featured performer for the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society's Andres Segovia outreach program "The Guitar About Town. Nix formed The NixWorks Ensemble, a flexible chamber ensemble, to explore multiple creative influences and genre. 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. Recently Nix formed The Pioneer Consort, with violinist Chris Devine, and cellist Greg Snedeker.

Recently he recorded guitar tracks for the PBS American Experience documentary "A Class Apart".

Michael NixÕs concerts have been described as ÒtouchingÓ and ÒtranscendentÓ:

ÒThank you for presenting such a stunning concert...Ó Brick Church Series, Old Deerfield, MA

ÒWonderfully warm and inspiringÓ--Ruth Ehrenberg, Tuesday Morning Music, Springfield, MA

"... breathtakingly beautiful to hear." --Peter Mix, "Acoustic Musician" Magazine



CD Discography:

"World View" Michael Nix banjar, guitar, and mandolin with the Pioneer Consort playing "World Chamber Music" Oiginal compositions, and arrangements of music from many disciplines including folk musics from Brazil and Ireland, classic jazz, Tangos, and colorful arrangements of classics.


"Barton Cove" Michael Nix solo banjar, original compositions, and arrangements of music from many disciplines including ragtime, Stephen Foster, Ocarolan, classical banjo pieces, Beatles, and baroque guitar dances.

"Preludes, Airs, and Dances" Michael Nix solo guitar, original compositions, Spanish classical guitar favorites, dances from Brazil, New England contra dances.

"East & West" The Moser/Nix Duo, Michael Nix Guitar; Charlie Moser, Mandolin. Russian dances, Irish fiddle tunes, Brazilian Choro, Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances, Rags, and the Third Man Theme.

Streaming audio video on www.PioneerConsort.com, YouTube, and CD Baby

Set List

Typical performances offer either two sets of 40-45 min or a single 45min-1 hour program.
Current program repertoire choices include:
Michael Nix, solo Banjar (7 String Banjo)

Canarios Gaspar Sanz 1:39

Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 J.S. Bach 3:09

Lord Inchequin/Carolan's Concerto
Turlough O'Carolan, arr. Nix 4:01

Barton Cove Michael Nix 1:53
Spanish Fandango Variations Michael Nix 6:40

Dallas Rag 2:33

Hard Times Come Again No More (sung) Stephen Foster 2,27
Beautiful Dreamer Stephen Foster 3.24
Gentle Annie Stephen Foster 2:10

International Jig From Herbert J. Ellis English 7 String banjo school

Summertime (sung) Gershwin 2:56
Greensleeves Variations Michael Nix 5:49

Wintersong Michael Nix 3:29

Choro Michael Nix

I'll Fly away (Sung) Trad. 2:06

Nao me toquas (Brazilian Choro) Zequina Arbeu 3:50

Something Lennon/McCartney

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