In the News

9/7/2015 Get Stoned: John Zorn's music space highlights pathbreaking guitarists, by Russell Platt, The New Yorker
7/8/2015 Review: Gyan Riley Begins an Intimate Residency at the Stone, by Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
1/25/2013 Gyan Riley: Stream of Gratitude, by Derk Richardson, the absolute sound
3/27/2012 Sounds: Plucking Through the Borders, by Derk Richardson, Afar Magazine
1/15/2012 Exploring a Range of Variations on Six Strings, a Body and a Neck, by Jon Pareles, The New York Times
7/20/2011 Time for Sharing the Love and the Record Labels (Pluck Performance Review), by Alan Kozinin, The New York Times
6/7/2011 A Minimalist Heir With Maximum Chops, by Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal
6/2011 Stream of Gratitude Review, by Julian Cowley, The Wire Magazine
4/2011 Stream of Gratitude Review, by Stephen Eddins, allmusic
5/9/2010 Kanbar Hall Performance, by Molly Sheridan, SF Gate
3/1/2010 Gyan Riley's Guitar Night at the Club, San Francisco Classical Voice
10/12/2009 Review of Terry & Gyan Riley's Performance at Le Poisson Rouge, by Steve Smith, The New York Times
4/22/2008 Gyan Riley, New York City Classical Guitar Society
2/20/2008 A Rare Bird: Melismantra Review, East Bay Express
2/20/2008 Gyan Riley (Melismantra Review), San Francisco Bay Guardian
5/2003 Rising Son: Classical guitarist Gyan Riley expands the repertoire, Stephen Dick, Acoustic Guitar
11/14/2002 All In The Family: Gyan Riley finds musical inspiration in guitar, ragas and his dad, Terry, SF Gate
10/2002 Gyan Riley: Food for the Bearded (Review), (iTunes)
10/2002 Food for the Bearded (Review), Guitarra Magazine

Bio/Press Kit

Gyan Riley

guitarist and composer

Gyan Riley won his first guitar in a raffle when he was 12 years old. Shortly after learning all of the songs in his cassette collection by ear, he became the first full-scholarship graduate guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory. Gyan's diverse work now focuses on his own compositions, improvisation, and contemporary classical repertoire. Gyan has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, New Music USA, the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the American Composers Forum, and the New York Guitar Festival. He has performed with Zakir Hussain, Lou Reed, John Zorn, the Kronos Quartet, Iva Bittova, the Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars, the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley. Various tours have taken him throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the US, both as a soloist and in various ensembles. Gyan resides in New York City and frequently performs with the duo Probosci, the trio Eviyan, and the electric guitar quartet Dither. Gyan has four solo CD titles and many ensemble/collaborative recordings, most recently working with the Tzadik Records label in New York.

"Mind blowing chops..."
-Acoustic Guitar

"A gifted performer..."
-The New York Times

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