About The Queen
About The Queen
Queen Machali was the Queen of Tigers. She was a Bengal from India who helped regenerate some of the tiger population. Her mother was the Queen of Queens whom Machali was named after. Machali was the most photographed Tiger of all time. She won a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' because of her direct involvement to conservation and making India over $10million per year from tourists. The band, Queen Machali consists of 6 members.
Lead vocalist, Tora Woloshin was mentored by Simon Cowell on The X factor. The name 'Tora' means tiger in Japanese. Her decision to name the band 'Queen Machali' was based on several factors: the coinciding names, to honor tigers and other endangered species and eventually to save endangered species. Tora has been singing, dancing, acting and modeling since the age of 4 and has toured the world; performing covers and originals. She has opened for Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Method Man and toured the US with major artist, B.O.B. Her interests expand from being a race car driver and chef to training and rescuing animals.
Tora has also been working on a project to save the world called, REV Motion.
Solomon Alber (Saxophonist/Arranger),
has toured internationally, playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz à Vienne Festival in France and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. He is currently in his second year studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he is mentored by some of his heroes of the music world: Tia Fuller, Edmar Colon, Tiger Okoshi, Jim Odgren as well as the fellow students that he performs alongside.
As a member of Queen Machali, he is excited to be creating and reinforcing the vision of this band. By arranging/composing and performing newly imagined/reimagined music, he is inspired to be collaborating on a new and unique sound within this band and is looking forward to sharing it with the world.
Patti Weiss (Violin)
Patti Weiss is a Bay Area Violinist who has played with the Gipsy Kings for three years, Josh Groban for five months, Trans Siberian Orchestra for three years, and Beach Blanket Babylon for 3 years. She now plays with Pasquale Esposito and Queen Machali. After traveling and touring over 26 different countries, Patti also, now leads a string pop quartet and speaks six different languages.
Keith Snodgrass (Bass, Keys, Vocalist)
Keith Snodgrass is a widely sought after musician originally from St Louis Missouri now residing in Oakland California. Keith has dedicated his life to fighting for change in the world of social justice and bringing good music to those who want to listen. His experience with established artists is extensive and his musical genres include Jazz, r&b, Pop, Hip Hop, and more.
“The music scene is constantly changing, so being creative and cutting edge is a must”.
Austin Greth (Drums)
Austin Greth is an American drummer hailing from the East Bay area of CA. He has grown up around many styles of music, and draws from a diverse performance background in jazz, Rock n’ Roll and Latin-inspired rhythms. Some of Austin’s big
influences include Ringo Starr, Alex Van Halen, and Steve Jordan. When he’s not drumming Austin enjoys soccer, hiking, and working on cars. Come out to a show and you’ll be sure to be feeling the beat!