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

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.

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.