Chicago producer/composer Kate Simko and her seven-piece ensemble London Electronic Orchestra bring a performance to the Royal Albert Hall this autumn. Orchestrating instruments into her electronic soundscapes, Simko draws from a background as a pianist, composer, and producer and DJ from Chicago. The performance will feature Brighton-based guest vocalist Abi Flynn of the Tru Thoughts label and bespoke styling by Chinese fashion designer Rui Xu.
Kate Simko and LEO’s sound melds the beauty and textures of classical music’s most ornate instruments inside the backdrop of organic, classic electronic productions, bringing a new perspective and fresh sounds to both genres.
Simko debuted LEO at the Britten Theatre of the Royal College of Music in March 2014. Since then her ensemble has performed at an eclectic selection of venues including the National Gallery, iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse, Boiler Room in Ibiza, Latitude Festival, Bestival, MIDEM and Le Poisson Rouge in New York.
The current core group is an all-female ensemble of Kate on keys and electronics alongside harp, two violins, two cellos and upright bass. The set will feature songs off their self-titled album ‘Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra’ on The Vinyl Factory, which includes collaborations with Jamie Jones and Katy B, a classical rework of The xx, and Kate’s remix of Franz Schubert ‘Ständchen D957’ which was recently co-released on Decca Classics.