Gyan Riley Interview

Source: Acoustic Guitar.

Gyan Riley’s big ears and deep skills have taken him from solo shows to classical ensembles like the Falla Guitar Trio to the knottier terrain of electric-guitar quartet Dither, as well as to sensitive but highly interactive duos with guzheng virtuoso Wu Fei and violinist Timba Harris. Riley’s wide-ranging credits also include gorgeous work with Pakistani vocalist Arooj Aftab, violinist Iva Bittová, composer-clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, and a handful of collaborations with John Zorn; two gems are 2020’s Virtue, with guitarists Julian Lage and Bill Frisell, and 2018’s Chesed, one volume of the 11-disc The Book Beri’ah, also with Lage. Through the years, the Northern California native has also led his own trio and appeared on several releases with his father, esteemed composer Terry Riley, including Live (2011) and Way Out Yonder (2018). The latest of the younger Riley’s six albums are Shelter in Space, released in 2020, and last year’s solo outing, Silver Lining. It all began two decades ago with Food for the Bearded.