“The subtlety of Mondlak’s drumming is epitomized in his unaccompanied feature “Cascades.” Pauses and silences are among the attributes of that four-minute work of the imagination, made all the more effective by Mondlak’s upwellings of contrasting intensity.” Doug Ramsey
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 played with jazz luminaries such as Frank Foster, Joe Williams, Don Friedman, Lynn Seaton, Danny Mixon, Ron McClure, Chris Potter, Lew Tabackin, Ernestine Anderson, and many more.
In Europe he has performed and recorded with artists such as Lee Konitz, Barbara Dennerlein, Lynne Ariale, Stefan Bauer, Chico Freeman, Cary DeNigris, Tony Lakatos, Nicolas Simion, and David Friedman.
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.
“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.”
“The precision, speed and reserved strength of Mondlak’s drumming are reminiscent of Joe Morello in his early years with Dave Brubeck.”
Doug Ramsey – 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