HEARding Cats Collective is pleased to present composer Gyan Riley for an intimate performance on solo guitar. It is a rare opportunity to hear a modern virtuoso in a setting that requires no amplification, where the audience can hear the complexity of the strings and feel the nearby acoustic reflections.
Riley will be performing his soon to be released album Sprig, a series of original compositions for classical guitar. Sprig finds the composer effortlessly modulating patterns and themes, coalescing into beautiful, unified structures. Although Riley is the son of legendary composer Terry Riley, Gyan has developed a body of work that is stylistically unique, emerging from a world of influences with a truly authentic voice.
Gyan Riley was 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 Sym- phony, 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.
The event takes place on March, 31, 8:00 PM @ Flood Plain Gallery, 3151 Cherokee Street, St Louis, MO 63118.