Gyan Riley | Melismantra

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by Gyan Riley

A unique synthesis of American fingerpicking, Indian raga, jazz, flamenco, and virtuosic classical guitar playing, featuring Tracy Silverman on electric violin, Scott Amendola on drums, and the legendary Zakir Hussain on tablas.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mobettabutta (Part 1)
1:36 $0.99
2. Mobettabutta (Part 2)
2:34 $0.99
3. Mobettabutta (Part 3)
4:18 $0.99
4. Melismantra
6:09 $0.99
5. Herbie Moonshine's Last Dance
7:22 $0.99
6. Invocation
2:09 $0.99
7. Progression of the Ancestors
5:43 $0.99
8. Steps of the Forgotten
5:29 $0.99
9. Majestical
2:39 $0.99
10. The Changes Stay the Same (Part 1)
5:33 $0.99
11. The Changes Stay the Same (Part 2)
1:19 $0.99
12. The Changes Stay the Same (Part 3)
3:46 $0.99
13. Uspavanka (Lullaby) for Téa
6:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
“ . . . simply phenomenal guitar playing.”
-Mikail Graham, KVMR Top Picks of 2007

“ . . . his refined guitar patterns and sensitive melodic hooks have unexpected power and draw the listener in. For the CD’s 55 minutes duration, I found myself engrossed.”
“Riley demonstrates that he’s an effortless distiller of prevailing influences.”
PHILIP CLARK, The Wire, January 2008

In 1999, Gyan Riley became the first guitarist ever to be awarded a full scholarship from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While still studying at the conservatory, he received a recording contract for his debut CD of original works, Food for the Bearded (New Albion Records). Gyan’s awards include First Prize in the Portland International Guitar Festival Competition and First Prize in the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Concerto Competition. Concert tours have taken him to some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Norway, Ireland, and throughout the United States. Gyan tours regularly with the Los Angeles based Falla Guitar Trio, the Feinsmith Quartet, and father/composer/pianist Terry Riley. Gyan has received commissions from the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the New York Guitar Festival, the San Francisco Foundation, and the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center. This year he serves on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.



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June Black

I loved the CD Keep up the good work!


My CD baby arrived today. Melismantra is mesmerizing. Your hands... your fingers are an agile mantis dancing on your instrument, painting every pulse of every range of human emotion. It must be wonderful to have that in your head. Thank you for putting it into mine for a time.