Gyan Riley

"Beautiful and enigmatic"…"an alluringly intimate vibe created from the first note."
-The New York Times

"Gyan Riley is a one-man American-music machine, amicably ranging across the fields of jazz, world music, and post-minimalism."
-The New Yorker

Spring/Summer 2023 show dates!

Mar 31 – Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN.  Solo show

Apr 1 – Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN. With Bill Frisell and Julian Lage, performing music by John Zorn.

Apr 1 – Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN. With Devendra Banhart

Apr 8 – Barbes, Brooklyn NY. Solo show

Apr 22 – Munich, Germany. With the Munich Chamber Orchestra.  Performing music by Terry Riley. 

May 6 – Long Play Festival, NYC.  Solo show

May 7 – Long Play Festival, NYC. Duo with Krishna Bhatt

May 27 – Wide Awake Festival, London UK. With Arooj Aftab

June 6 - Bergen International Festival, Norway. With Arooj Aftab

June 8 – SYD FOR SOLEN Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark. With Arooj Aftab 

June 9 - Poesie Festival, Berlin Germany. With Arooj Aftab

June 11 – Waking Life Festival, Portugal. Solo show. 

June 14 – Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY. With Arooj Aftab

July 4 – Guimarães, Portugal. With Arooj Aftab

July 7 – North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands. With Arooj Aftab

July 8 – Pohoda Festival, Trencin, Slovakia. With Arooj Aftab

July 10 – Gent Jazz Festival, Gent, Belgium. With Arooj Aftab


Fall Europe Tour with Arooj Aftab

Heading out tonight for the last run of 2022 with Arooj Aftab!

November 1 – Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal

November 2 – Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal

November 3 – Sala Galileo, Madrid, Spain

November 4 – Trekanten, Oslo, Norway

November 5 – Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

November 8 – Inkonst, Malmö, Sweden

November 9 – Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen, Denmark

November 12 – Rocket Festival, Da Groningen, Netherlands

November 13 – Sonic City Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium

November 15 – Gannett, Basel, Switzerland

November 19 – Silent Green – Kuppelhalle, Berlin, Germany 

November 21 –  Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris, France

November 24 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 25 – Korzo Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands

November 26 – Babylon, Istanbul, Turkey

Summer Tour Dates!

 Gyan Riley Summer Shows

6/15 Gyan solo at Greene Space, NY Guitar Festival. Opening for Bill Frisell

Tour with Arooj Aftab:

6/24 Glastonbury Festival, UK 

6/25 Rock in Rio, Lisbon, PT

6/26 Palacio de Pena, Sintra, PT 

6/28 Braga, PT 

6/30 Roskilde Festival, DK 

7/1 Fnac Live, Paris, FR

7/3 Down the Rabbit Hole, Ewijk, NL

7/5 Montreal Jazz Festival, QC 

7/7 Festival d’ete de Quebec, QC 

7/8 Axis Club, Toronto, ON

7/9 Winnipeg Folk Festival, MB 

7/10 Winnipeg Folk Festival, MB  

7/13 Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver, BC 

7/15 Pitchfork Festival, Chicago,  IL 

7/18 Molde Jazz Festival, NO (with Bill Frisell and Julian Lage)

7/20 Molde Jazz Festival, NO (with Julian Lage) 

7/22 Newport Folk Festival, RI 

7/25 Salaam Festival, Manchester, UK 

8/2 Bari,IT

8/3 Festival Suoni Controvento, Gubbio, IT 

8/4 Teatro Sociale Capovolto, Trento, IT

8/6 OFF Festival, Katowice, PL 

8/7 Divadlo Archa, Prague, CZ 

8/9 Sogodbe Series, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, SL

8/12 Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg, SE 

8/13 Mela Festival, Oslo, NO

8/15 Helsinki, FI 

8/17 Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, CH 

8/18 Jazzweek, Cologne, DE 

8/20 Green Man, Wales, UK

8/21 Edinburgh International Festival, UK 

8/23 Kampnagel Sommerfest, Hamburg, DE 

8/24 Pop Kultur Festival, Berlin, DE 

8/27 This Aint No Picnic Festival, Pasadena, CA 

8/28 THING Festival, Seattle, WA 

9/2 Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston, TX 

9/3 Here and There Festival, Denver, CO

9/4 Tucson, AZ 

9/22 Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY 

9/24 Broad Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Summer Tour Dates!

I’ll be on tour the whole summer in Europe, Canada and the US, and look forward to seeing you folks along the way! :-)


June 15 Greene Space, NYC. Opening for Bill Frisell.
June 24-July 3 Europe Tour with Arooj Aftab.
July 5-July 13 Canada Tour with Arooj Aftab.
Fri Jul 15 Pitchfork Festival, Chicago IL. With Arooj Aftab.
July 18-20 Molde Jazz Festival, Norway. With Julian Lage, Bill Frisell, and John Zorn.
Fri Jul 22 Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI. With Arooj Aftab.
July 24-Aug 24 Europe Tour with Arooj Aftab.
Aug 27- Sept 12 US Tour with Arooj Aftab.


Tour Dates!

Well folks, the doors to live performance have once again opened up and I’m excited to get back on the road. Many more to be added soon, but for now here’s my upcoming schedule…hope to see you at a one of these soon! -Gyan

Wed, Feb 16 Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. Gyan Riley’s Elixir
Sat Feb 19 The Old Church, Portland OR. With Arooj Aftab
Sun Feb 20 Neumo’s, Seattle WA. With Arooj Aftab
Tue Feb 22 Noise Pop Festival, San Francisco, CA. With Arooj Aftab
Thu, Feb 24 Barbes, Brooklyn NY. Gyan Riley’s Elixir
Fri Feb 25 RODE House, Bentonville AR
Fri Mar 18 Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany. With Bill Frisell and Julian Lage. Performing Teresa de Avila by John Zorn.
Wed Mar 23 North Beach Bandshell, Miami FL. With Arooj Aftab.
Fri Mar 25 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN. Performing with Arooj Aftab and with Julian Lage
Sat Mar 26 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN. Performing with Gyan Riley’s Elixir, and with Julian Lage and Bill Frisell
Sun Mar 27 Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN




Sheet music from Silver Lining album now available!

Sheet music from the following compositions featured on Silver Lining is now available! Please send a PayPal payment to with a note indicating which scores you’d like, and your scores will be emailed as PDF files asap.  Thank you!

Silver Lining (for Dušan Bogdanovic)   $15

Three Fragments from Within (for David Tanenbaum)  $25

    i. Broken Record

    ii. Toucher les Nuages

    iii. Appa-Tango

Sparkling Pines (for Julian Bream)  $20

Sometimes You Go Back for More (for Kenton Youngstrom)  $25

Cyclone (for Aniello Desiderio)  $20

The Old Castle (for John Zorn)  

    *for two guitars


Replacement show for Sat Aug 7!

Attention Bay Area folks! Our concert at the Freight and Salvage was postponed, so we have organized a last-minute replacement OUTDOOR concert at a beautiful home in the Berkeley Hills (only 8 min from the Freight!). The show is on Sat. Aug. 7th at 2:00pm (doors at 1:30pm). We will return to the Freight but not for at least a year. Hope to see you Saturday! Please pay in advance HERE. :)

Sparkling Pines video premiere!

The video for my piece Sparkling Pines just premiered on YouTube as part of the New York Guitar Festival’s Tribute to the late Julian Bream. This was beautifully recorded by EbbTide Sound (, with video by David Spelman.