|Drori Mondlak is one of the outstanding jazz drummers and bandleaders on today's international jazz scene.
His touch, subtlety, and interactive approach to music have brought him critical acclaim and performing opportunities with many creative musicians in diverse musical situations.
Drori co-leads the critically acclaimed quartet Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak- KLARO!
In his eclectic work in New York City for over twenty years Drori has worked with jazz luminaries such as Frank Foster, Joe Williams, Don Friedman, Chris Potter, Lew Tabackin, Bill Charlap, Danny Mixon, Ernestine Anderson, Lynn Seaton, John Hicks and many more.
In Europe he has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Lee Konitz, Sonny Fortune, Karolina Strassmayer, Barbara Dennerlein, David Friedman, Lynne Ariale, Cary DeNigris, Stefan Bauer, John Goldsby, Paul Heller, Tony Lakatos, Nicolas Simion, Kalman Olah, Elena Ledda, Fritz Pauer and many more.
Drori has released two recordings as a leader, Point In Time and Wake-Up Call. The latest KLARO! recording is Small Moments. The next recording is in the works for release in early 2016.
Drori also conducts workshops on technique, jazz drumming and improvisation. He teaches privately and is a contributor to publications such as Modern Drummer in the US & Drums & Percussion In Europe.
“Much remindful of the deeply melodic orientations of drummers Shelly Manne, Joe Morello or Max Roach, Mondlak is natural and imaginative in his high regard and ability to represent melodic lines and contours, and illuminates this flow freely.”
- Dr. Herb Wong - Jazz Perspectives
“Mondlak is a deeply melodic drummer, but with deceptive power and finesse of someone like Joe Morello.”
- DRUM! 2012.
“The precision, speed and reserved strength of Mondlak’s drumming are reminiscent of Joe Morello in his early years with Dave Brubeck.”
Doug Ramsey Arts Journal, Rifftides
Drori Is a Zildjian and Vater Artist.
KLARO! recording "Small Moments" at Bauer Studios, Germany.
Cary DeNigris, Drori Mondlak, Karolina Strassmayer, Ingmar Heller & engineer Philipp Heck
Darmstadt - Germany
KLARO! at the Duesseldorf Jazzrally Festival 2013 - Karolina Strassmayer, Stefan Bauer, John Goldsby, Drori Mondlak
KLARO! at Altes Pfandhaus, Cologne Germany - Stefan Bauer, Drori Mondlak, John Goldsby, Karolina Strassmayer
Drori Mondlak with Karolina Strassmayer, Paul Heller & John Goldsby
Concert at Altes Pfandhaus in Cologne, Germany
Barbara Dennerlein - Drori Mondlak
Audi Jazz Festival with Lynne Arriale Trio - Germany
with Danny Mixon Trio, Brooklyn, New York
Steve Elson's Lips & Fingers Ensemble
Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
Sunday Night Jazz Orchestra
Bach, Blech & Blues
...and many more