Born in Venezuela, raised in Illinois, and now residing in Boston, composer and bassist Chris Mondak already has amassed vast experience in music.
Chris has studied with bass luminaries Cecil McBee, Dave Holland, and Larry Gray, and played with the likes of Shelly Berg, Melanie Charles, Dave Douglas, Wayne Escoffery, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Hamilton, Jesus Molina, Matt Savage, and Marvin Stamm.
With an aggressive bass style reminiscent of Mingus, Chris has toured widely in the U.S., playing with the Jazz Band of America, vocalist Emmaline, rock band Rev Gusto, and his own jazz combos the Chris Mondak Quartet, and West of Staley. Chris also has played in Australia and Mexico, and toured twice in China.
Chris has written tracks for his CD Eternal Youth, along with those of his jazz combos the Nextgen Jazz Quartet and West of Staley, and rock band NxT. In August 2019, Chris performed with the Nextgen Jazz Quartet at the Hengqin Cup Jazz Competition in Zhuhai, China, and Chris's composition "Always Smiling" received 1st place as the festival's top original composition.