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 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, Ernestine Anderson, Danny Mixon, Vic Juris, Dave Stryker, Ron McClure, Steve LaSpina, Lynn Seaton, Bill Charlap, John Hicks and many more.
In Europe he has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Lee Konitz, Karolina Strassmayer, Barbara Dennerlein, Lynne Ariale, Cary DeNigris, Stefan Bauer, Tony Lakatos, Paul Heller, Nicolas Simion, John Goldsby, Fritz Pauer, Kalman Olah and many more.
Drori has released two recordings as a leader, Point In Time and Wake-Up Call. Joining Forces, a co-production with Bavarian Broadcasting was released in 2012. The newest KLARO! CD Small Moments, recorded at Bauer studios during the group’s 2013 European tour will be released in the fall of this year.
He has performed at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Blue Note -New York, Blue Note – Japan in Osaka, Fukoaka and Tokyo, [email protected] Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Sweet Basil, The Jazz Standard, Smalls, Visiones, The Jazz Gallery, The Lenox Lounge, The Knitting Factory, The Jazz Cruise, SS Norway Floating Jazz Festival, Jazzforum Arts, Museum of Modern Art Jazz Series, Princeton Jazz Festival, Jazz Arts West Palm Beach, Shea Center for the Performing Arts, University of North Texas in Denton, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill & S.W. Oklahoma University Jazz Festival. St. Peter’s Church in NY, Jazzclub Unterfahrt in Munich, Jazzland in Vienna, Jazz Schmiede, The Loft in Cologne, Stadtgarten, Harmonie, Altes Pfandhaus, Domicil, Zoglau 3, Cube 521, WDR Funkhaus, Philharmonie Essen, Jazz Institut Darmstadt, Lanxess Arena, Musik Institut Erlangen & Berlin University of the Arts.
Also at international festivals: JVC Jazz Festival, Montreux, Bern Jazz Festival, Salzburger Jazzherbst, Jazzfest Vienna, Grazer Jazzsommer, Crested Butte Music Festival, Düsseldorf Jazzrally, Bingen Swing, Hildener Jazztage Festival, WDR Jazznight, Europhonics Festival, Outreach Festival Tyrol, Enschede Jazz Festival,
Jazz Maastricht, Burg Jazz Festival, Blues ‘n Jazz Rallye Luxembourg, Festival Jazz an der Ruhr, Graz Meeting, Nürnberg International Sacred Music Festival, Würzburg Jazz Festival, Nordenham Festival, Audi Jazz Festival, Schelde Jazz Festival, Aachen Jazz Festival, Rheine Jazz Festival, Jazztime at Amphion Festival, Jazz & More Festival in Romania, Saarbrücken Jazz festival, Leverkusener Jazztage Festival, and more.
“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 the deceptive power and finesse of someone like Joe Morello. He is in the driver’s seat, pushing the soloists but never being pushy. You get the sense that he’s arranging the improvisations from the drum throne.”
DRUM! Magazine – Andrew Lenz
Drori is a VATER artist.