Michael Nix is a contemporary classical composer, guitarist and performer. Nix lives and teaches in the tranquil Pioneer Valley of Franklin County in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Nix and NixWorks has performed in venues around the world and is highly renowned.

Nix classical composer guitarist

 

Michael Nix

Guitar, Banjar, Banjo, Mandolin

Concerts, Educational Programs, and Workshops

 
Concerts
 


 















 


Michael Nix Solo Guitar and Banjar

Three concert offerings available in 2 set with intermission or 1 hour format:



Solo Banjar

Banjar: The Art of the Modern 7-String Banjo

Michael Nix performs a concert of solo music for the Banjar, a modern seven-string classical banjo of his own design.  The first part of the program “From Bach to Bluegrass” explores influences on and music of the classical banjo in traditional banjo tunings.  The second part features Nix’s compositions and arrangements in various tunings that express the wealth of texture and timbre of the instrument.

“Michael Nix takes the listener along on a new voyage with a completely different musical vessel. Listeners will discover a shimmering versatility.” --Ritchie Davis, The Recorder


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Solo Classical Guitar and Banjar

Classical Guitar and Banjar, a Seven-string Classical Banjo

Michael Nix performs a concert of solo music for the Classical Guitar and the Banjar, a modern seven-string classical banjo of his own design. .  The first part of the program features Nix’s compositions and arrangements in a wealth of musical styles for Classical Guitar. The second part “From Bach to Bluegrass” explores music of the classical banjo

“Thank you for presenting such a stunning concert...” Brick Church Series, Old Deerfield, MA

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Lecture-Concert

From “Banza” to “Banjar”, A Lecture-Concert 

A history of the banjo and its music from the 1600’s to modern times.

                  Michael Nix presents a short history of the banjo in America in a lecture-concert, featuring three types of historical banjos and the Banjar, a modern seven-string classical banjo of his own design:           

The “Banza “ or Gourd Banjo (1630’s-early 1800’s) Early music of African dance, minstrel music, and the influence of African and minstrel banjo on Appalachian banjo styles.

The Classical 5-String Banjo (mid to late 1800’s to present day) The influence of European classical guitar playing on finger-style classical banjo.

The modern 5-String Bluegrass Banjo (Early 1900’s) The influence of classical banjo style on modern bluegrass banjo styles.

The Banjar , A modern 7-String Classical Banjo (2004) The development of the modern 7-string classical banjo by Michael Nix with compositions and arrangements for the instrument.

“What an amazing concert. Your repertoire and skill held us enthralled. Thank you for an extraordinary evening.”

–Genevieve Fraser, Village Lyceum Series, First Congregational Parish, Unitarian, Petersham

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The Devine-Nix Duo

Chris Devine: Violin, Mandolin

Michael Nix: Banjar, Guitar, Mandolin


Composed and improvised chamber music for Violin, Cello, Guitar, Mandolin, and the Banjar. Argentine Tango, Brazilian Choro, Neapolitan Mandolin, American Banjo music, Jazz, and multi-genre original compositions.

www.Devine-Nix.com

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The Pioneer Consort-World Chamber Music

Chris Devine: Violin, Mandolin
Michael Nix: Banjar, Guitar, Mandolin

Greg Snedeker: Cello

Two concert offerings:

"World View"

Composed and improvised chamber music for Violin, Cello, Guitar, Mandolin, and the Banjar. Argentine Tango, Brazilian Choro, Neapolitan Mandolin, American Banjo music, Jazz, and multi-genre original compositions.

"Noel"

Continuing in their tradition of musical diversity, their arrangements draw from many cultures and musical traditions using a wide variety of instruments. "Noel" features colorful, sparkling arrangements celebrating the winter holidays.

www.PioneerConsort.com

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Performance Services


 


Conductor Paul Phillips and Michael Nix, tenor banjo
Pioneer Valley Symphony
"Great Gatsby Suite" John Harbison

 
 

Specialty Performances on:
Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Banjar, Mandolin, 5-String Bluegrass Banjo, Tenor Banjo, Plectrum Banjo, Uke, and Lute Guitar

Orchestral Performance
Pit Orchestras
Recordings
Side and solo work for bands and professional performing artists

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Workshops

 


 "Floodstock"
Michael Nix with the BoxCar Lilies
Wilmington, VT

Banjo Workshops


 Functional Technique for Banjo

Technique fundamentals for banjo players.  Exercises and warm-ups  for more controlled tone, a wide variety of timbres, dynamics, fingering choices and phrasing to achieve an expressive playing style. 

Sight Reading Notation for Banjo

Sight reading in G tuning demystified.  Learn to skip tabbing melodies by reading fiddle tunes and easy melodies from standard notation.

 
 


Practical Arranging Workshop
Guitar Day
Connecticut Classical Guitar Society
Hartford, CT

 

Practical Workshops


 How to set up and run a successful private teaching studio.

Learn how to support yourself or supplement your performing as an independent music teacher. Tips on setting up a studio, marketing, maintaining a schedule, and bookeeping.


 Practical Arranging(and Composition) for Plucked Strings: A Hands On Workshop For Beginning and Intermediate Players.

Put sparkle and creativity into your arrangements for solo instruments and ensembles as you learn the basics, tips, and tricks of the composer/arranger's art. Bring an instrument, staff paper, and a pencil. We'll read through examples together, and as a group, make a new arrangement!

   

 
Michael Nix: Your daily technical warm up and development routine: A Hands On Workshop For Beginning and Intermediate Players.

A daily warm up and technical development routine will allow you to play with confidence and control. Use these guidelines to assess your strengths, improve weak areas, and to structure your own efficient warm up.

 

 
 

Michael Nix: Flat Pick Control. Exercises for beginners through advanced players.
Learn to control your right hand flatpick technique so your scales, arpeggios, and tremolo become fast, even, and consistent. These simple exercises and warm ups help build a strong technique. 


 Michael Nix: Kaleidoscopic Playing for groups or ensembles: Use phrasing, dynamics, articulation, and timbre to make your playing come alive.

Interpretive tips and guidelines to make your performance more colorful. Find musical solutions to technical problems. Learn to think musically as you work up new pieces, and find fresh life in your repertoire.

 

 


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