Friday, March 8, 8PM, Doors at 7:30PM.
Advance Tickets: $15 General / $10 Students & WF Members
Door Tickets: $20 General / $15 Students & WF Members
Guitarist Gyan Riley is perhaps best known for his small group collaborations: as a duo with fellow virtuoso and wunderkind Julian Lage playing the music of John Zorn (Midsummer Moons, The Bagatelles, and Chesed from Masada: The Book Beriah), with Czech vocalist/violinist Iva Bittová, in Trey Spruance’s Secret Chiefs 3, and in duos with his father, Terry. Riley’s own music has been described as “beautiful and enigmatic” by the New York Times and “Astounding” by John Zorn. Western Front is happy and honoured to welcome Gyan for a residency and concert.
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.