Originally inspired by a concert he gave in a state prison right on the Mississippi River, and haunted by the political madness of the red-blue nation, Michael Miles has created a musical portrait of now in his latest CD.
Part I, Mississippi River Suite uses the river that ‘divides the nation' as the premise for this portrait of a ‘divided nation.' Part 2, Which Side Are You On calls the question, visits Washington D.C., and travels in time only to reach a conclusion that may surprise you.
With this work, Miles has gone deep inside America and his views of our struggling nation—mixing his poetry and musical compositions.
The banjo is featured with flute, cello, and string quartet. But at the center of it all is the powerful and penetrating voice of Zahra Glenda Baker— known across Chicago for her extraordinary vocal power as singer and storyteller.
Michael J. Miles, banjo & guitar
Zahra Glenda Baker, vocals
Lloyd Brodnax King, flute
Nora Barton, cello
“Evocative, haunting, beautiful…a true masterpiece to be appreciated by anyone who cares about how music can speak to these times we're living in.” - Chris Kennedy, Professor Emeritus, Western Wyoming College
This recording was made possible in part by grants from DCASE, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs.