“Essentially crafting a new genre of New Classical Banjo, Nix has us re-think all the possibilities of his instrument…””

Take Effect Music Reviews, July 31, 2023

Michael Nix

New Classic Banjo Project

Michael Nix performs on classical guitar, Banjar, banjo, and mandolin, throughout the United States and Asia. He has recorded for the PBS series, American Experience, independent documentaries, and numerous CD projects. His compositions, performed internationally, have been heard on Weekend Edition and other NPR programs. Nix performed his New Classic Banjo compositions at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC. 

His solo Banjar album of compositions and commissions, Aperçu, was released on PARMA Recordings Big Round Records. Nix designed the Banjar; a modern seven nylon-string banjo combining elements of the five-string banjo and classical guitar. 

The New Classic Banjo Project was instituted by Nix to develop and record a modern classical banjo repertoire for 7-string Banjar, the traditional nylon strung five-string classical banjo, the six-string guitar banjo and other banjo hybrids. 

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Michael Nix, Seven String Banjar

Michael Nix, Seven String Banjar

Michael Nix, New Classic Banjo Project