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

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


Sprig is up for Grammy consideration!

My album Sprig is in the first round of the 2019 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. I spent 5 years working on this one…all the elements had to feel right before releasing it, especially as it is dedicated to the memory of my mother! Thanks for listening.

Sprig video up!

In early March my pal Adam Benn and I flew out to CA and made a music video for the title track of my latest solo album, Sprig. The wintery landscapes were stunningly beautiful and I felt blessed to be able to capture some of the magic of the Sierra Foothills where I grew up. Huge thanks to Odd Exhibit Productions and Chris Harvey for the fantastic animation!

Tour dates in SF and DC just added!

Mar 29 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn NY
Mar 31 – Flood Plain Gallery, St Louis MO
Apr 2 – Bastion, Nashville, TN
Apr 3 – Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga TN
Apr 5 – Hoover Public Library, Birmingham AL
Apr 6 – Bricktown Blues Festival, Oklahoma City OK
Apr 7 – Brightwater, Bentonville AR
Apr 8-12 Culture Summit Abu Dhabi
Apr 13 – Revolve, Asheville NC
Apr 14 – Indie Grits Festival, Columbia SC
Apr 15 – Fresh Produce Records, Macon GA
Apr 16 – The Bakery (presented by Eyedrum), Atlanta GA
Apr 17 – Columbus GA Workshop
Apr 18 – The Blue Tavern, Tallahassee FL
Apr 19-21 – Sarasota FL
Apr 22 – Earth Day Concert! Washington DC.
Apr 25 – Falcon, Marlboro, NY. With Matt Flinner Trio
Apr 26 – The Hear and Now, live on KPFA 94.1FM, with host Derk Richardson
Apr 27 – Shelton Theater, SanFrancisco CA
Apr 28 – Camptonville Community Center, Camptonville CA. With Terry Riley and Tracy Silverman
May 4 – Harrison House, Joshua Tree CA
May 5 – Zebulon, Los Angeles CA
May 6 – Bread and Salt, San Diego CA. Presented by Fresh Sound