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

San Simon!

I’m playing with Al-Madar today and tomorrow at a festival on San Simon, a beautiful tiny island off the NW coast of Spain. It’s a protected park and they only allow 500 people here per day for the festival, shuttled in one boat load at a time. Can’t wait!

San Simon, Spain


I’m excited to play again tomorrow at Razz’zz in Beirut! (yes, there really are that many Z’s. ). The first show with Al-Madar on Sunday was really fun, and since w had today off, we had to force ourselves to swim in the sea and eat this ridiculously tasty Lebanese food…

Summer Tour

Today, I am thrilled to be heading out to play the first shows with Al-Madar, a brand new band led by composer/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba.  Starting off in Beirut (exact show info coming soon), we will then have 7 shows in Portugal and Spain, playing at some great festivals…

Al-Madar Tour
Bassam Saba – ney, flutes, oud
Timba Harris – violin, trumpet
Gyan Riley – guitar
Brian Holtz – bass
April Centrone – drums and percussion

Please check out my shows page for my most recent tour schedule…

Electric Progression

Here’s a brand new video of my piece Progression of the Ancestors…a pretty heavy electric version!