In the News

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), (iTunes)
10/2002 Food for the Bearded (Review), Guitarra Magazine

Bio/Press Kit

Gyan Riley

guitarist and composer

Gyan Riley won his first guitar in a raffle when he was 12 years old.  After learning all of the songs in his cassette collection by ear, he began his life-long adventure in music, becoming the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory.  He then spent 15 years living in the Bay Area, touring as a classical guitar soloist and in various ensembles, including performances with Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring, Mike Marshall, Dawn Upshaw, the San Francisco Symphony, the Falla Guitar Trio, the World Guitar Ensemble and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley.  Along the way, he completed various compositional projects, including those commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the American Composers Forum, and the New York Guitar Festival.  Gyan's diverse work now focuses on his own compositions, improvisation, and contemporary classical repertoire.

Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican Theatre, the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Moogfest, and soloing with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at Kimmel Center.  Over the years, Riley has performed throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the US, both as a soloist and in various ensembles.  Having recently relocated to New York City, Gyan can be frequently heard performing at such local venues as Le Poisson Rouge and Barbès, either in solo form or with various collaborators.  Current touring ensemble projects include the duo Probosci with Timba Harris (violin), a trio with Iva Bittová (voice, violin) and Evan Ziporyn (clarinets) called Eviyan, and the electric guitar quartet Dither.  Gyan has four solo CD titles and several other ensemble/collaborative appearances, most recently recording for the Tzadik Records label in New York.

"Mind blowing chops..."
-Acoustic Guitar

"A gifted performer..."
-The New York Times

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