Gyan Riley won his first guitar in a raffle when he was 12 years old. After learning all of the songs in his cassette collection by ear, he began his life-long adventure in music, touring as a classical guitar soloist and in various ensembles, including performances with Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring, Mike Marshall, Dawn Upshaw, the San Francisco Symphony, and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley. Gyan’s diverse work now focuses on his own compositions, improvisation, and contemporary classical repertoire. Recent performance highlights include New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium, Town Hall, London’s Barbican Theatre, the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, the Big Ears Festival, and soloing with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at Kimmel Center. Over the years, Riley has performed throughout Europe, Canada, Latin America and the US. Gyan has four CD titles and several other ensemble/collaborative appearances, most recently recording for the Tzadik Records label in New York.
Recorded March 2014 in Saugerties, NY. Performed by Eviyan:
Iva Bittova, voice
Evan Ziporyn, clarinet and piano
Gyan Riley, guitar
Dave Cook, recording engineer.