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

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!



Spain and Germany


I just returned home from a fantastic trip to Spain and Germany…business AND pleasure! The July 27 John Zorn Marathon at the Heineken Jazzaldia Festival was indeed a memorable event. 6 hours of music, 33 amazing artists, so many incredible moments. Here you can see the view from my room…the concert hall (Kursaal) is the big grey building right on the beach!



Eviyan in July!

I’m excited to play a bunch of times this month with Eviyan…we play Friday for the Rockport Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts, Saturday at the Bard College Spiegeltent, then the following weekend we’re playing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and City Winery in Chicago! We’ll cap it off with a couple days in the studio, so keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming release. ;)



Downtown Lugo before the concert. The green patches growing on the castle wall behind the guy on the bike are capers. Mmmmmm…

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.