Toby Driver is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who navigates between genres. He is “a tirelessly inventive recording artist” (PopMatters) with a prolific career of over 20 years. His work––impressionistic, architectural and emotionally vulnerable––has been described as “unlike any other” (The Quietus), displaying “A greater vision of how music can evoke feelings both grandiose and devastatingly intimate.” (Vice/Noisey). His multifarious projects share a sensitive and detail oriented composition ranging from the metaphysical to the avant-garde, and an insatiable search for the new: there’s “absolutely nothing to compare it against.” (Echoes and Dust)
Alora Crucible, his most recent musical identity, explores transcendental instrumental music with Driver on guitar and hammered dulcimer in collaboration with violinist Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3, Amanda Palmer, Igorrr) and keyboardist Ana Cristina Pérez. With their autumn 2021 debut, Thymiamatascension (released on the enigmatic and elite House of Mythology label in the company of titans Ulver and Current 93) Alora Crucible has made a strong and immediate statement about this music’s exalted place in Driver’s diverse body of work. Simultaneously, Driver’s long-running outfit Kayo Dot, “one of the greatest and most exciting contemporary progressive/experimental/avant-garde bands going,” (Treblezine) released their tenth album Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alike to outstanding critical praise, landing on many year-end lists and showing that his reputation as “one of the most endlessly creative and thrilling band leaders” (Treblezine) is a well-earned one.
“Gyan Riley is a one-man American-music machine, amicably ranging across the fields of jazz, world music, and post-minimalism.” (The New Yorker)
At the age of 6, Gyan began learning to play the violin. Good fortune struck 5 years later when he won a guitar in a raffle, liberating his parents from having to listen to him squeaking his way through his Suzuki method book. He immediately took to the guitar, practicing long hours and eventually being admitted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, becoming the first full-scholarship guitar student. Gyan toured internationally with various ensembles throughout his twenties, including the World Guitar Ensemble, the Falla Guitar Trio, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, and his own Gyan Riley Trio. Upon moving to New York City in 2010, he joined the electric guitar quartet Dither, a boundary-pushing band that boasts collaborations with Nels Cline and Lee Ranaldo. He also formed the duo Probosci with violinist Timba Harris, a project that released two albums and toured extensively in Europe, South America and the US. He cofounded the acoustic trio Eviyan, with virtuoso clarinetist Evan Ziporyn and the iconic singer/violinist Iva Bíttova. In 2015 Gyan began his collaboration with renowned guitarist Julian Lage, performing music by John Zorn. In the last two years, that duo expanded to include the legendary guitarist Bill Frisell, recording four albums on the Tzadik label. Gyan has also performed extensively and released two albums with his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley. Gyan has six of his own CD titles and dozens of collaborative recordings. Arooj Aftab’s 2021 album Vulture Prince features Gyan on the Grammy-nominated song Mohabbat. Most recently he was extensively featured as a performer and composer for the PBS documentary series Hemingway. Tour dates, media, albums, and sheet music available at www.gyanriley.com.
“Beautiful and enigmatic”…”an alluringly intimate vibe created from the first note.” – The New York Times