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Drori Mondlak
April 12, 1958
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Drori Mondlak

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.

Together with alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer he co-leads the critically acclaimed quartet 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, Warren Vache, 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, Chico Freeman, Cary DeNigris, Stefan Bauer,Tony Lakatos, Nicolas Simion, Kalman Olah, Elena Ledda, Fritz Pauer and many more.

Mondlak’s most recent recordings with KLARO! are Of Mystery And Beauty (2016), Small Moments (2013), and Joining Forces (2011). He has also released two recordings as a leader, Point In Time and Wake-UP Call .

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
“Mondlak is a drummer of extreme subtlety and melodic refinement that reminds me of Roy Haynes on his best moments”
- Arnaldo DeSouteiro - Jazz Station

Drori Is a Zildjian and Vater Artist.

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld KLARO! In Luxembourg at CUBE 521
with Karolina Strassmayer, Rainer Böhm, Cliff Schmitt, Drori Mondlak.

Drummerworld Video
Drori Mondlak and David Friedman Duet
Pause And Effect
This is a spontaneous improvised piece recorded in Cologne, Germany

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld KLARO! - Drori Mondlak, Karolina Strassmayer, Stefan Bauer, John Goldsby
© Helge Strauss

Drummerworld Video

Drori Mondlak
Drum Solo Aahhh
2022 at Altes Pfandhaus
Cologne, Germany.

Drori Mondlak
Drum Solo with Mallets:
Octopus Dance

Drori Mondlak
Drum Solo
Hands and Feet Talking
2021 at Altes Pfandhaus
Cologne, Germany.

Drori Mondlak &
Karolina Strassmayer
Complete suite
(in 3 movements)

Drori Mondlak &
Karolina Strassmayer
Freescapes! "Sing To Me Of…"

Drori Mondlak
Drums & Percussion Solo
Philharmonie Cologne

Drori Mondlak - KLARO!
Drum Solo
In Front Festival - 2020

Drori Mondlak - KLARO!
Drum Solo

Drori Mondlak

"Call Of The Forefathers"

Drori Mondlak - KLARO!
Drum Solo from
"Call Of The Forefathers"

Drori Mondlak - KLARO!
performing Drum Solo
"Fanfare From Another"

Drori Mondlak - KLARO!
"From Her Pale Blue Home"
"Of Mistery
And Beauty"
"Call Of The Forefathers"

Drori Mondlak
The Danny Mixon Organ Trio
at the Old Showman's
in Harlem, N.Y.

Drori Mondlak - KLARO!
"You're Either a Goddess or a Doormat"
"Look Up", "Seven Minutes"
...at the Hildener Jazztage

Drori Mondlak - KLARO!
"Sweet Tooth"
Altes Pfandhaus - Cologne

Drori Mondlak - KLARO!
"Small Moments"

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld© KH Krauskopf

Drummerworld Video
Drori Mondlak
Drum Solo
Drum Solo recorded on July 4th, 2021 at Altes Pfandhaus in Cologne, Germany

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld © KH Krauskopf

Drori Mondlak DrummerworldKLARO! recording "Small Moments" at Bauer Studios, Germany.
Cary DeNigris, Drori Mondlak, Karolina Strassmayer, Ingmar Heller & engineer Philipp Heck

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld

Drummerworld Video
Drori Mondlak
Drum Solo
Altes Pfandhaus Cologne

Drori Mondlak DrummerworldKLARO! at the Duesseldorf Jazzrally Festival 2013
Karolina Strassmayer, Stefan Bauer, John Goldsby, Drori Mondlak

Drummerworld Video
Drori Mondlak
Drums & Percussion Solo
Philharmonie Cologne
November 17th, 2019

Drori Mondlak DrummerworldDrori Mondlak with Karolina Strassmayer, Paul Heller & John Goldsby

Drummerworld Video
Drori Mondlak
Drum Solo "Bursts Of Time" - 2022
Recorded at Altes Pfandhaus in Cologne Germany - 2022.

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld © Peter Määnzer
Barbara Dennerlein Drori Mondlak
Cologne Philharmonic Hall (Pipe Organ & Hammond B3)

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld© Peter Mänzer
Barbara Dennerlein Drori Mondlak
Cologne Philharmonic Hall (Pipe Organ & Hammond B3)

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld© Peter Määnzer
Barbara Dennerlein Drori Mondlak
Cologne Philharmonic Hall (Pipe Organ & Hammond B3)

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld © Gerhard Richter

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld Concert at Altes Pfandhaus in Cologne, Germany

Drori Mondlak Drummerworldwith Danny Mixon Trio, Brooklyn, New York

Drori Mondlak DrummerworldBarbara Dennerlein - Drori Mondlak in Cologne, Germany
© Karl-Heinz Krauskopf

Drummerworld Video
Drori Mondlak & Karolina Strassmayer
Freescapes! Complete suite (in 3 movements)
Movement l: "Mallets And Air" -
Movement ll: "Sticks and Flurries" -
Movement lll: "Brushes Dancing"
Karolina Strassmayer - flute - Drori Mondlak - drums, percussion  - Rainer Böhm - piano - Thomas Stabenow - bass
This is the complete improvisational suite in 3 movements recorded at Altes Pfandhaus in Cologne, Germany on July 4th 2021

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld

Drummerworld Video
Drori Mondlak & David Friedman Duet
Drum Roll, Please!"
Recorded at Altes Pfandhaus in Cologne Germany - 2022.

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld Audi Jazz Festival with Lynne Arriale Trio - Germany

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld © Christian Bernroider

Drummerworld Video
KLARO! Drori Mondlak - Karolina Strassmayer
Karolina Strassmayer - alto saxophone, Stefan Bauer - vibraphone, John Goldsby - bass, Drori Mondlak - drums: "You're Either a Goddess or a Doormat" by Karolina Strassmayer - "Look Up" by Stefan Bauer - "Seven Minutes" by Karolina Strassmayer ...at the Hildener Jazztage Festival in Germany.

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld© Kurt Rade

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld © Helge Strauss

Drori Mondlak DrummerworldAvatar Recording Studio - New York City - Recording Point In Time

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld Drori Mondlak - Lee Konitz

Drori Mondlak Drummerworld

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