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., with the Jazz Band of America, jazz combos the Chris Mondak Quartet and West of Staley, and rock band Rev Gusto. Chris has played in Australia, Mexico and Panama, and toured twice in China. Chris has performed at venues such as Birdland, Bop Stop, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center-Shanghai, Rudy's, Breezy's, and more.
Chris has written tracks for his CD Eternal Youth, and those of his jazz combos the Nextgen Jazz Quartet and West of Staley, and rock band NxT. In 2019, Chris played 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.