Recently hailed as “the next big thing in klezmer-jazz” (Abe Beeson, The New Cool), Queen Kong is inspired by the Radical Jewish Culture movement associated with NY-saxophonist and composer John Zorn. Led by Toronto drummer, vocalist and composer, Lorie Wolf, Queen Kong seamlessly blends Ashkenazi Jewish influences with jazz, free improv, rock and punk to explore new sounds and ideas. Queen Kong’s debut album, Fray, was created during tumultuous times and perilous futures, seeking inspiration and paths forward rooted in the rich tradition of klezmer music. During a time of unraveling, Fray is a unifying statement, merging myriad influences to create something both familiar yet refreshingly unique. Also featuring John Williams (clarinet), Max Forster (trumpet), Nate Dell-Vandenberg (trombone), Graham Campbell (guitar) and Nolan Murphy (sousaphone).