Seattle Classic Guitar Society Concert
May 9, 2009
Gyan Riley is an equally strong presence in the worlds of classical guitar and contemporary music. While studying as the first full-scholarship guitar student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he received a recording contract for his debut CD of original works, Food for the Bearded (2002, New Albion Records). He has since expanded his career as a composer and instrumentalist, receiving commissions from the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the New York Guitar Festival, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center. He has recorded and/or performed throughout Europe and the United States, both as a soloist and in ensemble with various artists such as Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring, Dawn Upshaw, the San Francisco Symphony, Dusan Bogdanovic, Peppino D’Agostino, David Tanenbaum, the Falla Guitar Trio, the World Guitar Ensemble, and composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley, his father. Gyan Riley’s 2008 release, Melismantra, features Zakir Hussain on tabla, Scott Amendola on drums, and Tracy Silverman on violin. As a teacher, Riley has served on the faculties at Humboldt State University, Cal State University East Bay, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Highlights of Riley’s 2009 schedule include a ten-concert tour of Ireland and a performance at Carnegie Hall.