Drori Mondlak is one of the outstanding jazz drummers on today's international jazz scene. His touch, subtlety, and interactive approach to playing have brought him critical acclaim and performing opportunities with many creative musicians in diverse musical situations. He also co-leads the quartet Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak- KLARO! which currently tours and records in Europe.

In his eclectic work in New York City for over twenty years Drori has worked with Frank Foster, Joe Williams, Don Friedman, Chris Potter, Lew Tabackin, Ernestine Anderson, Cary DeNigris, Danny Mixon, Vic Juris, Attila Zoller, Jimmy Ponder, Dave Stryker, Ron McClure, Steve LaSpina, Lynn Seaton, Boris Koslov, Bill Charlap, Larry Goldings, John Hicks, John Bunch, Norman Simmons, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Puma, James Weidman, Phil Markowitz, Rich Perry, Ralph Lalama, David Schnitter, Eric Person, Jon Gordon, Kenny Davern, Randy Sandke, Warren Chiasson, Stanley Banks and many more.

In Europe he has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Lee Konitz, Sonny Fortune, Karolina Strassmayer, Barbara Dennerlein, Lynne Ariale, Cary DeNigris, Stefan Bauer, David Friedman, Tony Lakatos, Paul Heller, Nicolas Simion, Ferdinand Povel, John Goldsby, Ingmar Heller, Fritz Pauer, Ludwig Nuss, Andy Hunter, Paul Shigihara, Chico Freeman, Hiner Wiberny, Kalman Olah, Pablo Held, Hubert Nuss, Michael Heupel, Thomas Rückert, Rainer Böhm, Lutz Häffner, Markus Schieferdecker, Ryan Carniaux, Greetje Kauffeld, Scott Fields, Sunday Night Jazz Orchestra, Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and many more.

Drori released two recordings as a leader, "Wake-Up Call" recorded at Systems ll in Brooklyn in 2003, NY and "Point In Time" recorded at Avatar studios in New York City in 2008. Quartet KLARO! released "Joining Forces", a co-production for the BR-KLASSIK label (Bavarian Broadcasting) in 2011. "Small Moments" released in 2013 was recorded at Bauer studios. "Of Mystery And Beauty" is the 2nd co-production with Bavarian Broadcasting for their BR-KLASSIK label which was released in spring 2016.

“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

Drori is a ZILDJIAN and VATER artist.