Lorie Wolf is a Toronto-based Drummer, Composer, Organizer and Educator who is the creative force behind the cross-genre Klezmer-Jazz band Queen Kong, two albums of original music inspired by the writings of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish Writer and Nobel Prize winner in literature, named “Taibele and her Demon” and “Mazel and Schlimazel”, the Klezmer-Jewish music band The Horah Machine, and is the driving force behind the Toronto Klezmer Society. Lorie plays in a wide number of genres and her passions lay in composing and performing Jazz, Funk, Klezmer, Balkan and other eastern European styles.
She has collaborated as bandleader and side-musician across Canada, the United States, Europe and Israel with many renowned artists including Don Thompson, George Koller, Fern Lindzon, Lenka Lichtenberg, David Buchbinder, Maryilyn Lerner, Tania Gill, Michael Herring, Lina Allemano, Aviva Chernik, Dave Wall, Rebecca Hennessey, and Frank London.
Lorie studied Jazz drumming with world-renowned teacher, Jim Blackley, and more recently, New York’s Dan Weiss. As a student at Toronto’s Humber College Lorie was chosen to fill the drum chair with the Sisters in Jazz project, mentored by New York drummer, Allison Miller and pianist, Geri Allen, which included a series of performances included performances at the Lincoln Center in NYC and The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C. Lorie has also studied South Indian Percussion extensively with Tricky Sankaran, at York University, where she earned her BFA. Lorie was awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award as a member of Sisters of Sheynville.
Lorie is an enthusiastic music educator who has delivered educational clinics and run programming for the Toronto District School Board, York Region District School Board, Ontario Music Educators Association, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Klez Kanada, Ashkenaz Festival, and others.