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

THE RILEYS: Europe Tour

Sun, Sep 11   20h30, Teatro Triennale, Milano, Italy

Tue, Sep 13   20h, Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sat, Sep 17   20h, Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway

Tue, Sep 20   20h15, Tivoly Vrendenberg, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Sat, Sep 24   19h30, Barbican Center, London, UK.

Sun, Sep 25   18h, Conservatoire de Lille, Lille, France

Tue, Sep 27   20h, ZionsKirche, Berlin, Germany.

THE RILEYS October EU Tour

I’m excited to hit the road with my pop soon!

THE RILEYS October EU Tour:

Wed, Oct 7   8:30pm, Le Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux/Cenon, France.

Sun, Oct 11   7pm, Uppsala Guitar Festival, Uppsala, Sweden.

Tue, Oct 13   7pm, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Wed, Oct 14   7pm, Kulturens Hus, Luleå, Sweden.

Fri, Oct 16   8pm, La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France.

Sat, Oct 17   8pm, Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium.


World Premiere of John Zorn’s Bagatelles


I’m honored to be included among this incredible lineup of musicians giving the world premieres of John Zorn’s Bagatelles.  The amazing guitarist Julian Lage and myself will perform a handful of these little gems in solo and duo formation on Sept 6 at The Stone…our first ever collaboration!

A nice memory…


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


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



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 Europe Tour

Probo logo color

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.
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


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!