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

Upcoming concerts:

My “shows” page is under construction so I’ll list upcoming events here. Thanks for your patience!

Fri, Sep 24 KEXP, Seattle WA. With Arooj Aftab.
Sat, Sep 25 Tree Fort Music Festival, Boise ID. With Arooj Aftab
Sun, Sep 26 Holocene, Portland OR. With Arooj Aftab
Mon, Sep 27 The Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA. With Arooj Aftab
Oct 16 Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH. With Arooj Aftab.
Wed, Oct 20 World Live Cafe, Philadelphia PA. With Arooj Aftab
Oct 22 The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City NY. With Lee Ranaldo and Dither.
Sat, Oct 30 Levitation Festival, Austin TX. With Arooj Aftab
Thu, Dec 2 Terminal 5, NY, NY. With Arooj Aftab
Wed, Feb 24 Barbes, Brooklyn NY. Gyan Riley’s Elixir
Mar 18 Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany. With Bill Frisell and Julian Lage. Performing Teresa de Avila by John Zorn.
Mar 23 North Beach Bandshell, Miami FL. With Arooj Aftab.
Mar 24-26 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN. Performing with Gyan Riley’s Elixir, with Arooj Aftab, and with Julian Lage and Bill Frisell
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.

New solo album Silver Lining just released!

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My new solo album SILVER LINING was just released today! Also available on Amazon and  It is a collection of dedications to many of my musical mentors, and a reflection on the unexpectedly good things that for me have grown out of the hardships of the pandemic: new experiences, lessons learned, skills acquired, creative solutions, and adaptation inspired by necessity.   

New LP with Bill Frisell and Julian Lage (music by John Zorn) now available for pre-order!

Many of you know that I had the extreme pleasure of recording an album recently with Bill Frisell and Julian Lage (two of my favorite guitar players on the planet)…and I’m happy to announce that it is now available for pre-order on vinyl! The music composed by John Zorn is really beautiful, and the cover art features Giovanni Bellini’s The Ecstasy of Saint Francis, which will look awesome on a big fat LP! Now is the best time to support Tzadik Records, a label that has given voice to so many wonderful artists worldwide. They were hit hard by the demise of Pledge Music and were never paid for John Zorn’s epic Masada Book 3 (11 albums, including a duo album of Julian Lage and myself called Chesed, now available as an individual CD as well). I hope many of you will join me in supporting Tzadik and pre-order any or all of these LPs just now made available in an attempt to offset this huge financial loss. Thanks for listening! -Gyan