Yonatan Gat is a guitarist, producer and composer based in NYC. His solo work was featured in the New York Times, Pitchfork, Vice, New Yorker and People Magazine. He was chosen “Best Guitarist in New York” by the Village Voice in 2013. Gat's work champions stream-of-consiousness improvisation with an uncanny ability to absorb a staggering multitude of genres into rock'n'roll.
He first came to prominence in 2006 as guitarist and founder of Monotonix, which was hailed by SPIN as "the most exciting live band in rock’n’roll.” Monotonix concerts bordered on performance art, destroying the barrier between performer and audience as band members would duct-tape themselves to the audience, set their equipment on fire, and often take their shows outside venues, ending their concerts as ecstatic street raves.
Their controversial concerts got them banned from playing their home country of Israel, and 2010 saw Gat relocating to NYC, becoming steeped in its flourishing avant-garde and improvisation scenes. He brought these new influences into his work, while continuing to tour and record, this time as a solo artist. In the last ten years Yonatan Gat played 1,500 concerts in 50 countries and 5 continents.
These vast travels exposed Gat to an endless array of genres and styles, leading the New York Times to describe his work as echoing “funk from Benin; Cuban son from Senegal; Chicano rock from Los Angeles; Afro-Brazilian soul from Rio de Janeiro; and the pentatonic and Arabic scales that connect much of the world." SPIN referred to a his concerts as a "religious experience, a punk-grounded improvisational journey," adding "you’ve never seen anything like it before. Cults have been formed over less”.
US Booking/Press – Jonathan Lee Horne
EU Booking – Jerome 'Buzz' Busuttil
Direct – Yonatan Gat
"Best guitarist in New York, 2013"
- The Village Voice
"A mind blowingly prolific journey crossing vibes of DIY dives and avant-garde jazz spaces"
"A dazzling display of the trio's impressively far-flung influences"
"His playing bloomed with the patience to develop any shred of riff or groove into collective improvisation"
- NY Times
"Middle East-tinged solos over fierce tribal grooves, to ecstatic effect"
- The New Yorker
"A swirling mass of energy. Gat’s guitar playing is unmatched"