Drori Mondlak
April 12, 1958




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.








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


© KH Krauskopf






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





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



Drori Mondlak with Karolina Strassmayer, Paul Heller & John Goldsby















© Gerhard Richter





Concert at Altes Pfandhaus in Cologne, Germany






with Danny Mixon Trio, Brooklyn, New York



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








Audi Jazz Festival with Lynne Arriale Trio - Germany



© Christian Bernroider



© Kurt Rade





© Helge Strauss



Avatar Recording Studio - New York City - Recording Point In Time



Drori Mondlak - Lee Konitz










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