What musical magic and new songs emerged when J.S. Bach met Michael Miles and his banjo

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CHICAGO — Separated by centuries but tied together by music, Johann Sebastian Bach and Michael Miles have had a demanding if fruitful relationship that continues to thrive, giving us a spectacular new album titled “American Bach Revisited.” Bach, that towering figure of 18th-century music, has been dead since 1750. Miles is very much alive and remembers “meeting” Bach in 1977. He was a student at the University of Illinois when, one day that year, he stopped into a classical guitar recital featuring the playing of the Gigue movement of Bach’s Third Cello Suite. “I thought it was the most beaut…

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