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March 8, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Whiton Room
Banjo innovator, Michael Nix designed the Banjar - a modern seven 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 21st century. He initiated the New Classic Banjo Project to commission, record, and perform new works for the instrument, and his arrangements and compositions are based on research of multiple world music traditions. Nix will speak about the project as he performs various pieces.Michael Nix performs on classical guitar, banjo, and mandolin throughout the United States and Asia, and has recorded for the PBS series “American Experience,” independent documentaries, and numerous other projects. His compositions are performed internationally, and can be heard on “Weekend Edition” and other NPR programs. Recently Nix performed his compositions at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and participated in Seegerfest 2014, commemorating the life of Pete Seeger.