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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: April 12, 1958

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....
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“Mondlak exhibits an eloquent speech-like personality while he executes his multiple functions; he internalizes his drum kit completely. 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 with the listener.”

DR. Herb Wong, Jazz Perspectives

“Mondlak’s quartet on Point In Time is integrated, balanced and musical. Mondlak, saxophonist and flutist Karolina Strassmayer, guitarist Cary DeNigris and bassist Steve LaSpina solo with conviction.”

Doug Ramsey, Arts Journal

“Drori is a terrific drummer whom I have known for years. Point In Time is a great recording which showcases his dynamic playing, musicality and sensitivity, as well as his great interaction with an all-star group.”

Danny Gottlieb, musician, drummer

“Drori Mondlak is an extremely emotional drummer who enjoys the spaces as much as the notes...

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Primary InstrumentDrums

LocationNew York, NY

Willing to teachBeginners

Credentials/BackgroundDrori is committed to sharing the knowledge he has accumulated over the course of twenty five years of his involvement with the instrument and performing professionally in many diverse situations.

He believes that the instrument is also a means to self- discovery and a vehicle for creative expression that gives a person the opportunity to develop and express their own unique voice. ...

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Music

Featured recording “Small Moments”

Small Moments

Lilypad Music
2013
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    Point In Time

    Lilypad Music
    2009
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    Wake-Up Call

    DroriDrums Music
    2003
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