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. His work transcends genre, operating between rock'n'roll, performance art and beyond category.
He came to be known as one of the world's top performers as founder and guitarist of Monotonix, hailed by SPIN as "the most exciting live band in rock’n’roll” with concerts shattering the border between performer and audience as band members would duct-tape themselves to the audience, set their equipment on fire, and take their shows outside venues, ending their shows as improvised street raves. These controversial concerts got them banned from playing their home country of Israel, and 2010 saw Gat relocating to NYC, while continuing to tour the world tirelessly. In the last ten years Gat played 1,500 concerts in 50 countries and 5 continents.
He began to record and perform as a solo artist in 2014, maintaining the raw energy he became known for while switching his focus away from the shock-performance style of Monotonix to a more ritualistic, improvised and shamanic musical exploration. His concerts remain sweaty, immersive interventions set in the center of the crowd in clubs, galleries and festivals alike, surrounded by a dancing, dazzled audience. SPIN referred to a these 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”.
"You’ve never seen anything like it before. Cults have been formed over less"
"Best guitarist in New York, 2013"
- The Village Voice
"His playing bloomed with the patience to develop any shred of riff or groove into collective improvisation"
- NY Times
"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"
"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"
"It might sound over the top, but it seems that Yonatan Gat’s output is indicative of what we’re going to see more of in popular music as American hegemony in pop culture and art continues on its decline."
- Bedford & Bowery