|9/7/2015||Get Stoned: John Zorn's music space highlights pathbreaking guitarists, by Russell Platt, The New Yorker|
|7/8/2015||Review: Gyan Riley Begins an Intimate Residency at the Stone, by Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times|
|1/25/2013||Gyan Riley: Stream of Gratitude, by Derk Richardson, the absolute sound|
|3/27/2012||Sounds: Plucking Through the Borders, by Derk Richardson, Afar Magazine|
|1/15/2012||Exploring a Range of Variations on Six Strings, a Body and a Neck, by Jon Pareles, The New York Times|
|7/20/2011||Time for Sharing the Love and the Record Labels (Pluck Performance Review), by Alan Kozinin, The New York Times|
|6/7/2011||A Minimalist Heir With Maximum Chops, by Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal|
|6/2011||Stream of Gratitude Review, by Julian Cowley, The Wire Magazine|
|4/2011||Stream of Gratitude Review, by Stephen Eddins, allmusic|
|5/9/2010||Kanbar Hall Performance, by Molly Sheridan, SF Gate|
|3/1/2010||Gyan Riley's Guitar Night at the Club, San Francisco Classical Voice|
|10/12/2009||Review of Terry & Gyan Riley's Performance at Le Poisson Rouge, by Steve Smith, The New York Times|
|4/22/2008||Gyan Riley, New York City Classical Guitar Society|
|2/20/2008||A Rare Bird: Melismantra Review, East Bay Express|
|2/20/2008||Gyan Riley (Melismantra Review), San Francisco Bay Guardian|
|5/2003||Rising Son: Classical guitarist Gyan Riley expands the repertoire, Stephen Dick, Acoustic Guitar|
|11/14/2002||All In The Family: Gyan Riley finds musical inspiration in guitar, ragas and his dad, Terry, SF Gate|
|10/2002||Gyan Riley: Food for the Bearded (Review), Answers.com (iTunes)|
|10/2002||Food for the Bearded (Review), Guitarra Magazine|
guitarist and composer
Gyan Riley won his first guitar in a raffle when he was 12 years old. Shortly after learning all of the songs in his cassette collection by ear, he became the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory. Gyan's diverse work now focuses on his own compositions, improvisation, and contemporary classical repertoire. Gyan has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, New Music USA, the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the American Composers Forum, and the New York Guitar Festival. He has performed with Zakir Hussain, Lou Reed, John Zorn, the Kronos Quartet, Iva Bittova, the Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars, the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley. Various tours have taken him throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the US, both as a soloist and in various ensembles. Gyan resides in New York City and frequently performs with the duo Probosci, the trio Eviyan, and the electric guitar quartet Dither. Gyan has four solo CD titles and many ensemble/collaborative recordings, most recently working with the Tzadik Records label in New York.
"Mind blowing chops..."
"A gifted performer..."
-The New York Times