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.

Eviyan at MIT

I’m excited to head to Boston for the EVIYAN show on Sat Mar 2 at MIT!  Our new trio will be joined by Grammy-nominee tabla player Sandeep Das and bassist Blake Newman. There will also be an opening set by MIT CAST Visiting Artist/instrument maker/composer Victor Gama.

Friday 2/15 Eviyan debut show in NYC!

_Z5A8173bwExcited about the first NYC show with my new group Eviyan, this Friday 2/15 at 7pm at the Bohemian National Hall in NYC.  Such a pleasure to play music with Iva Bittova (violin and voice) and Evan Ziporyn (clarinets).  Hope to see you there!

Amsterdam bound!

Excited to be heading across the pond tonight for concerts (solo and with Dither Quartet) in the Netherlands and Germany!

Pitchfork feature – Altered Earth

Pitchfork has featured a video mash-up of our performance in Arles, France in October, presented by the Luma Foundation.  It is taken from the opening of Doug Aitken’s installation Altered Earth, currently on view in the Grande Halle of the Parc des Ateliers.  Performing with Terry Riley and Tracy Silverman.

Altered Earth

Playing at the opening of Doug Aitken’s exhibition Altered Earth tonight at the Grande Halle in Arles, France with my dad and Tracy Silverman. This looks to be great fun!


Playing John Zorn’s Masada music at The Stone with Secret Chiefs 3 last night was an absolute blast!  Looking forward to reinventing a bunch of my music there tonight at 10pm with Timba Harris, Ches Smith, and Toby Driver…first time with this configuration!


Heading back to Lebanon today, this time playing with Al-Madar at the Beirut Jazz Festival on Thursday.  Then coming up in early Oct, I’m playing several shows at the Stone as part of Timba Harris’ residency there. The schedule is here


Joshua Light Show at Skirball Center

Friday’s show at NYU was a real blast! And we even got to sit in with Lou Reed, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Milford Graves at the end of their set!


Teatro Romano

Sound check for the last show I played at the Sound Res Festival in Lecce, Italy.

Marciac video

This was such a fun show!  Our set (Secret Chiefs 3 and John Zorn) starts around 31:55.  Not the whole set, but I was glad to see and hear it from another perspective!