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

Angelica Festival


Sound check at the beautiful Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena.

April/May trip

I had a wonderful trip in April/May, beginning with a 10-day residency at the magical Harrison House in Joshua Tree, CA.  The retreat culminated in a concert featuring the music I composed while there, then I went to San Diego and Nevada City for other solo concerts.  Then on to Italy with my dad and Tracy Silverman for concerts for the Angelica Festival in and around the beautiful city of Bologna. Finally up to Vermont and then Victoriaville QC to open the fabulous FIMAV festival with EVIYAN.  Now gearing up for some NY shows before heading back to CA in June!


Boston Globe review

Here’s a nice first review of EVIYAN, from Saturday’s  show at MIT!

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