Gyan Riley

Gyan Riley is a guitarist and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. His diverse work takes him across the globe for performances as a soloist and with various ensembles. Please take a look around and check out his latest updates below.

A nice memory…

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Playing an encore with my dad, the Kronos Quartet, and the Living Earth Show at SF Jazz last month.  This was just after the premiere of my first piece for string quartet, called the first pancake, featuring my pop on piano and melodica and yours truly on guitar and kick drum.  It was such a fun weekend!

NY Times review

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Here’s a review from my opening concert at the Stone, with Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) and David Cossin (percussion).  Four sets down and 8 to go! My residency so far has been full of fun, contrast and surprises.  I’m so looking forward to the rest of the music! Details here.

Summer Highlights: Kronos Quartet collaboration and Residency at the Stone

 

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I’m thrilled to have received a commission from Kronos to compose my first string quartet! However, it’s disguised as a sextet, because my own papa (who is about to turn 80!) and yours truly will be joining in for the fun. The world premiere will be at SF Jazz Center in San Francisco CA on June 27 at 7:30pm.  It’s called “the first pancake”…because there always has to be one, even though there’s a really good chance it’s not going to be that good!  But in all seriousness, I think it’s going to be a hoot…hope you can join us!

In other news, I’m honored to soon be in residence at The Stone, from July 7-12.  It’s going to be a challenging and exhilarating week, with 12 different concert programs in 6 days!  There will be first-time collaborations as well as reunions with many of my favorite artists.  I’m looking forward to seeing all my NYC friends there! And if you’re not in NYC, why not make a trip out?  (Come for the weather, stay for the music!)  ;)   -GR

 

Probosci Mostly West Coast U.S. Winter Tour 2015!

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Wow, it’s been over a year since my last post…but the record we were about the make in my last post (Time to Feed) is now out, and we’re touring it in February and March in the Western US!  Here is the current state of the tour, although we’re still adding dates so check back for the most updated version.  More details and more concerts are up on my “shows” page here.

  • Thu, Feb 19  8pm, The Royal Room, Seattle WA.
  • Fri, Feb 20  12am- 3am, The Outside World, KBOO 90.7FM
  • Sat, Feb 21  8pm, Performance Works Northwest, Portland OR.
  • Sun, Feb 22  12pm, Cafe Mundo, Newport OR.
  • Mon, Feb 23   7:30pm, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV
  • Wed, Feb 25  8pm, Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley CA
  • Thu, Feb 26  10pm – midnight, The Hear and Now, KPFA 94.1FM
  • Fri, Feb 27  7:30pm, the Harrison House, Joshua Tree, CA
  • Sat, Feb 28  7:30pm, the Harrison House, Joshua Tree, CA
  • Sun, Mar 1   7pm, House concert, San Diego, CA.
  • Mon, Mar 2   Skybar, Tuscon, AZ
  • Wed, Mar 4  7pm, Midland, TX
  • Thu, Mar 5  6pm, Carousel Lounge, Austin, TX.
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Sun, Mar 8   8pm, Dazzle Jazz, Denver CO.
  • Fri, Mar 13   2-4pm, The VIPER, KVMR 89.5FM.
  • Fri, Mar 13   8pm, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, Nevada City, CA.
  • Sat, Mar 14   5pm, San Francisco, CA. House concert. Email RSVP to info@gyanriley.com
  • Sun, Mar 15   7pm, House concert, Santa Cruz, CA.  RSVP to herrmann.irene@gmail.com

Probosci Europe Tour

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So now that we’re already 2 shows into our Europe tour, I thought I would mention something here about it! (facebook page here) Probosci is a new duo project with my long-time collaborator Timba Harris. This is our first tour here…about 25 shows, then heading into the studio in Germany to record our first album…stay tuned!

Dec 10 Vinothek Tiepolo, Würzburg, Germany.
Dec 13 Werkstatt 14a, Bern, Switzerland
Dec 15 Atelier Gédéon Siliac, Lyon, France
Dec 17 Zonmé, Nice, FR. http://lazonme.fr/
Dec 19 La Machine a Coudre, Marseille, FR
Dec 20 Perpignan l’Anthropo, Perpignan, FR
Dec 21 Original, Barcelona, Spain
Dec 22 Moroder Sound Club, Madrid, SP.
Dec 26 Lounge, Lisbon, Portugal
Dec 27 Clube de Lamego, Lamego, PT
Dec 28 Festival NAA, Barcelos, PT
Dec 29 Sonoscopia, Porto, PT
Dec 30 Club VR, Vila Real, PT
Jan 2 Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain
Jan 3 Café du Cinéma Mélies, Pau, France
Jan 4 Amanita Muscaria, Toulouse, FR
Jan 5 Villefranche de Rouergue, FR
Jan 6 Le Raymond Bar, Clermont Ferrand, FR
Jan 7 La Socquette, Nevers, FR
Jan 8 Bourges/Nantes TBD, FR
Jan 9 Le Theil/Nantes TBD, FR
Jan 10 La Fermatozoide, Le Theil de Bretagne, FR
Jan 11 Paris, FR
Jan 12 L’Maison d’Christine, Erquery, FR
Jan 13 Le CCL, Lille, FR
Jan 14 Vroom, Rotterdam, Netherlands

update!

Whoa, it’s been ages since I posted anything here! A lot has been happening…most recently, I’ve been in Europe on tour with Eviyan. We had great concerts in Bern, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Brussels, and Prague, celebrating the release of our first recording, a live album from the Victoriaville Festival FIMAV in May. It’s available here and here. Looking forward to our show at Lincoln Center in NYC in March, and to returning to Europe with them in May!

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Spain and Germany

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I just returned home from a fantastic trip to Spain and Germany…business AND pleasure! The July 27 John Zorn Marathon at the Heineken Jazzaldia Festival was indeed a memorable event. 6 hours of music, 33 amazing artists, so many incredible moments. Here you can see the view from my room…the concert hall (Kursaal) is the big grey building right on the beach!

 

 

Eviyan in July!

I’m excited to play a bunch of times this month with Eviyan…we play Friday for the Rockport Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts, Saturday at the Bard College Spiegeltent, then the following weekend we’re playing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and City Winery in Chicago! We’ll cap it off with a couple days in the studio, so keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming release. ;)

Lugo

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Downtown Lugo before the concert. The green patches growing on the castle wall behind the guy on the bike are capers. Mmmmmm…

Angelica Festival

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Sound check at the beautiful Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena.