Pitom was started by guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter in 2006. Wanting to achieve a raucous but melodic and tasteful vibe, he called his friends Shanir B and Kevin Zubek to be the rhythm section, and soon after met violinist Jeremy Brown, who became Yoshie’s undoubtedly brilliant, but also unbridled counterpart. After about 2 years of writing, gigging and rehearsing, the band was signed to John Zorn’s Tzadik records and released their debut, recorded at Bill Laswell’s Orange Music in NJ. Influenced by music and art of all kinds, the band releases uncharted energy in it’s music, with a keen sensitivity to melody and composition. The press has responded well to the music. The Wall Street Journal called the record “a dazzling debut” and the record also received acclaim from JazzTimes, Guitar Player, AllAboutJazz and many others. The band just released their second album on Tzadik, a sonic homage to the Day of Atonement called “Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes.” They also recorded a version of the Hassidic song “Ki Anu Amekha” which includes vocals by the band, and released it with a video last year.