Yoshie Fruchter grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household in Silver Spring, MD, studied jazz at the University of Maryland, and is now based out of Brooklyn, NY. He is a guitar, bass, oud player, and composer whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records) received critical acclaim from the Wall Street Journal, Guitar Player Magazine, and many more.

The unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental, and Jewish styles in his playing and composing is a defining characteristic of his music. He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups, playing the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria, and others. He recently released an album of post-rock arrangements of old cantorial recordings entitled Schizophonia.

During the 18th WJMF, Fruchter performs with Pitom, Sandaraa, and Sandcatchers, and leads a masterclass for musicians at American University.