“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

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 finger style banjo and guitar, infused with folk, jazz and world music traditions.

Michael Nix performs on classical guitar, Banjar, 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 on "Weekend Edition," and other NPR programs.

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