AMAN International Folk Ensemble
~ 50th Anniversary Reunion Honoree ~
MIAMON MILLER 50th Anniversary Gala Award Dinner - 10/12/13
Bio from the AMAN50 souvenir program book (Plaque presented by Bill Cope)
Miamon began his musical career as a classical violinist but became entranced with the world of folk music, joining the AMAN Folk Ensemble in the 1970s and later becoming its Artistic Director. He studied ethnomusicology at UCLA, earning an MBA and ABD whilst playing mariachi music in his spare time. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and spent a year living in Romania, studying Transylvanian folk music. Miamon is widely experienced in mainstream music and has re-corded with many well-known artists including Neil Sedaka and Neil Diamond. He has also composed and arranged music for film and tele-vision productions ranging from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman to Arabs in Detroit, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, Keeping Up With the Steins and the PBS documentary Swimming in Auschwitz. He has also composed for theater, most recently the score for the Polish Białystocki Teatr Lalek (Białystok’s enormously popular puppet theater) produc-tion Czarne Ptacki Białegostoku (The Black Birds of Białystok).
“I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older, my bio has gotten progressively shorter somehow choosing to concentrate more and more on the periods in my career that are truly important. In its own way I suppose I’m honing in on the ultimate editorial comment above or below the engraved “RIP.” This is meant as a reflection and without the intent of being maudlin. Quite to the contrary and in the metaphorical spirit of raising one’s glass, I would very much like to say to my colleagues and friends in AMAN, please know that my time in the company was transformational and for that I’d like to thank each and every one of you.”