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 “Sprig” out March 30!

Here’s a little trailer for my new solo album…full video coming soon!

The Rileys (mostly) Europe Tour

Thu, May 18   National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY.

Sat, May 20   FIMAV, Victoriaville, QC.

Wed, May 24   Le Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium.

Sat, May 27   Porgy and Bess, Vienna, Austria.

Tue, May 30   Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Wed, May 31   Südpol, Lucerne, Switzerland.

Fri, June 2   Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany.

Sat, June 3   Serralves, Porto, Portugal.

Wed, June 7   Bremen Teater, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Fri, June 9   Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany. Tarantino



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