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 KLARO! with alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer.
In his eclectic work in New York City for over twenty years Drori has played with jazz luminaries such as Frank Foster, Joe Williams, Don Friedman, Chris Potter, Lew Tabackin, Bill Charlap, Danny Mixon, Ernestine Anderson and many more.
He has also established himself as a much sought-after drummer in Europe performing and recording with artists such as Lee Konitz, Karolina Strassmayer, Barbara Dennerlein, Lynne Ariale, Cary DeNigris, Stefan Bauer, John Goldsby, Paul Heller, Tony Lakatos, Nicolas Simion and many more.
Drori has released two recordings as a leader, Point In Time and Wake-Up Call. The newest KLARO! recording is Joining Forces released November 2011.
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