Yonatan Gat is a NY based guitarist and producer. His genreless sound was called a "new music form" by Magnet Magazine, "melding improvisation, punk, world music and avant garde." Rolling Stone editor David Fricke celebrated the multiculturalism of Gat's sound, calling him "a citizen of the world," adding "Gat wields his guitar like a universal translator.”
His performances were so controversial in his home country of Israel that his first band Monotonix (later hailed by SPIN as "the most exciting live band in rock'n'roll") got banned from playing shows in most clubs in their country - sometimes with police and army called - leading Gat, who is a conscientious objector of the mandatory draft, to leave the country for a life of touring, playing over 1,500 concerts in 50 countries and 5 continents in the last decade alone.
The years of travel made an undeniable mark on Gat's sound and after relocating to Paris, Porto, and New Orleans, Gat found a home in New York, where his work was profiled by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Wire, UNCUT, Pitchfork, NPR, Vice, The New Yorker and People Magazine.
The Village Voice named him "Best Guitarist in New York, 2013," while more recently The Guardian listed his album Universalists on their top 10 contemporary classical albums of 2018. The album garnered accolades referencing everything from Miles Davis to Os Mutantes, with which Gat released a split 7" that same year. It was on The Wire's top ten 2018 Global albums while Popmatters called it "a visionary new album for rock music, offering a bold new idea on what to do with rock that suggest Teo Macero, DJ Screw, Yeezus-era Kanye, but not much else in rock music".