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September Performances  2015
 Michael Nix, Banjar, Guitar, Mandolin, Composition
Chris Devine & Michael Nix

Performances September 2015



Michael Nix, Classical Guitar and Banjar
Bing Arts Center

716 Sumner Avenue

Springfield, MA

(413) 731-9730

Bing Arts Center presents House Concert: Michael Nix on Saturday, September 19, at 8 p.m.


Springfield, MA, 9-9-15 — The Bing Arts Center, at 716 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA, is pleased to present a performance by Michael Nix on Saturday, September 19, at 8 p.m. as part of the Bing’s House Concert Series. The series features outstanding musicians performing diverse and compelling programs in an intimate setting. 


A noted composer and instrumentalist, Michael Nix studied Music Composition at the University of Massachusetts and resides in Greenfield. He plays Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, and Banjar - a seven string Banjo. The first set will feature his compositions:


The poem and the composition "Barton Cove" 

9/11 commemorative works "Prayer for the Victims of Terrorism" and "Healing Dance" from the modern dance work "Labyrinth."

"Choro" from Prelude, Airs, and Dances

"Greensleeves Variations"

Variations on "Spanish Fandango"

The second set, "From Bach to Bluegrass" will feature his arrangements for the Banjar in various styles and tunings.


Michael is a founding member of world chamber music trio The Pioneer Consort.


Admission is $15, $10 for students. Tickets are available by calling 413.731.9730 and at the door (seating is limited). Doors open at 7:30. Refreshments will be available for sale.


Organization History:

The Bing Arts Center, located at 716 Sumner Avenue in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood, is a multi-use hub for community cultural activity. Originally Kossaboom’s Service Station, the Bing Theater opened in 1950 and served several generations of area residents until 1999 when it was taken by the city of Springfield for non-payment of taxes. The “X” Main Street Corporation (XMSC), a 501 c 3 non-profit, purchased the property from the City in 2004 for renovation and development as a community arts center to create a catalyst for economic development and improved quality of life.


Guitar in the Sanctuary Series

Friday, September 25 at 7:30pm

Holy Name of Jesus Parish

15 Thayer Street / South Deerfield, MA

$12 General / $10 students & seniors (tickets available at the door)



                  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 "Weekend Edition", and other NPR programs. Nix designed the seven-string Banjar, an instrument 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.


Chris Devine is a musician of diverse talents, performing on electric and acoustic violin, mandolin, and guitar, as well as flute, saxophone, and keyboard. He studied with internationally known concert violinist Julian Olevsky. As a session musician he has appeared on over 100 CDs in many different styles of music, including classical, jazz, pop, country, and folk. Chris toured Europe and Russia as a featured soloist with Blackmore's Night, starring the influential guitarist Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple.


Devine and Nix bring together decades of international concert touring, recording, and composing in many genres. They are founding members of world chamber music trio The Pioneer Consort.


The first part of the program features Nix’s compositions and arrangements for Classical Guitar. The second part features virtuoso arrangements of traditional classical music, a world tour of musical traditions from Germany, Brazil, Spain, and Italy, including works by Bach and Albeniz.


On Friday, September 25 at 7:30pm, classical guitarist Michael Nix and violinist, mandolinist, Chris Devine will give a concert for the Guitar in the Sanctuary Series in South Deerfield’s Holy Name of Jesus Parish. The concert series is named after the church’s acoustically brilliant sanctuary, which is perfectly suited for guitar music.


Tickets for the Friday, September 25 performance are $12 general / $10 students & seniors and available at the door the night of the performance.  Holy Name of Jesus Parish is located in South Deerfield on 15 Thayer Street.  The church has provided a "Catholic alternative" since 1929 and is an expression of the Christian faith that combines the teachings of Jesus, the practices of Catholic tradition and the sentiments of the 21st century.  Partial proceeds from the concert benefit the church.  The Sanctuary is not handicap accessible.  For further information contact, 413-665-2129.





Now Booking:


We are now actively booking these NixWorks programs.  If you are interested in a performance please be in touch for more detailed information.


Michael Nix  solo: "Banjar: The Art of the Modern 7-String Banjo", a unique concert on a unique instrument for 2015 – 2016 .  Fee support for Michael Nix may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit for more information.


The Devine-Nix Duo: Chris Devine and Michael Nix perform energetic and entertaining music for violin, guitar, mandolin, and the Banjar--a seven string classical banjo. Their repertoire features virtuoso arrangements of traditional classical music, a world tour of musical traditions from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Russia, American banjo music, vintage jazz, and multi-genre original compositions.


For more information on performances, CD’s or booking inquiries please contact:


Booking information:


Fee support for Michael Nix may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit for more information.


Contact:    Michael Nix                                   413-772-0328     info (at) nixworks (dot) com







Order your CD’s now:

Michael Nix

Barton Cove, Solo Banjar

Preludes, Airs, and Dances, Solo Guitar

East and West, Moser/Nix Duo Guitar, and Mandolin


The Pioneer Consort

Noel, Our popular holiday disc.

World View, World Chamber Music


CD’s are $15 for one, $25 for two + shipping

We can negotiate a deal if you want to buy stuffers in a greater quantity.





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