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From Classical Music to Underground House: Kate Simko and the London Electronic Orchestra

Producer, DJ, film scorer, & composer Kate Simko will release her debut album with the London Electronic Orchestra on 6th May 2016 on the Vinyl Factory label.

Producer, DJ, film scorer, & composer Kate Simko will release her debut album with the London Electronic Orchestra on 6th May 2016 on the Vinyl Factory label.

Originally from Chicago, Simko hails from the classical music tradition. She started out as a pianist, and began experimenting with electronic music when she was a student at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2014, she founded the London Electronic Orchestra with violinists Essi Kiiski and Kamila Bydlowska, cellists Zoe Saubat and Deni Teo, harpist Valeria Kurbatova and bassist Nina Harries.

The project created a groundbreaking sound that reflects Simko’s experience in classical music along with her passion for electronic beats. For the artist it’s all about the ‘live composition’, an approach she developed during her years working worldwide as a DJ with artists like Phillip Glass, Jamie Jones and Katie B.

The London Electronic Orchestra is a result of various musicians wanting to create music in a new context, where they allow themselves to be free and spontaneous, taking a journey through melodies and colours to create their own style. It’s a new kind of music that can only be described as abstract art, with its smooth blend of old and new, classical and electronic, instruments and beats.

Kate Simko and her London Electronic Orchestra recorded their self-titled debut album in London, with Grammy-award winner Bea Artola. It was mixed in New York by Dan Bora, who is Phillip Glass’s main sound engineer. The record will be released on May 6th 2016 on vinyl, cd and digital download by Vinyl Factory, who have also released work by Massive Attack, Florence + The Machine, Pet Shop Boys and The XX.

So far, Kate and the LEO have played a number of live shows, blowing the minds of audiences at major events such as London’s Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival, LEAF, the National Gallery, Latitude Festival, Bestival, and Ibiza.

The band has an international tour planned for 2016. Their live performances are spectacles not to be missed. They capture the beauty and sophistication of classical music while gently adding the sound of the underground house music that the artists are so passionate about, finishing it up with colourful visuals that draw their audiences into a new musical experience.

 

Credits

  • Angelica Parucho
  • Artist Publicist Neil Bainbridge

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