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Kate Simko and the LEO: Women and the Hall

SEEN has attended three gigs now to see Kate Simko and her London Electronic Orchestra. Once was in the basement of Phonica Records, once at the Jazz Café in Camden and last night in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. Not only that, Simko curated an evening of female-led creative activity as part of Women and the Hall. What could be more appropriate on this centenary of Women’s suffrage with International Women’s Day upon us? Women And The Hall celebrates the women who formed the Royal Albert Hall’s history and were instrumental in the fight for women’s suffrage, and provides a platform for the women who are shaping our future, through a season of panels, film screenings and performances.

Kate Simko is a musical magpie, remixing Philip Glass, collaborating with artists like Jamie Jones and Katy B, writing for orchestra, scoring films, and captivating audiences worldwide with her LEO shows and at clubs worldwide as an in-demand house DJ. Her music reflects the influences of underground sounds, as well as her background in classical piano and jazz music.

The art of Lauren Baker adorned the room, the light-based and neon nature of her pieces being particularly well-served by the lighting, especially her glittering planets. There was a short film #drawtheline, building upon the #metoo and #timesup campaigns to highlight an end to sexual harassment across all industries, then another short, ‘Domestic Policy’, starring Lesley Manville, that poked fun at the post-WW1 attempts to get women back in the kitchen.

There were two solo performers Katy B and Holly Walker (of Maribou State) who hushed an enthusiastic room with the sweetness and poignancy of their voices then came the orchestra itself, as ever, combining classical music and club beats to great effect. The standout for SEEN was a version of a Philp Glass number for flute and sax which was just knockout. That’s what I love about Kate Simko; every time you see her and her talented musicians, there’s always something new and fresh to admire. The visuals by L’Aubaine were also very strong, the perfect complement to the music without ever overpowering what was going on onstage. There were many abstract and figurative images, the most striking being birds flying singly and in flocks and slowly emerging flowers. Quite beautiful. It’s great to attend a live music event that celebrates creativity across the board. More please.

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The White Tiger Roars: KVLT

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1980s New York comes to Paddington Central: Huckster

Paddington Central is fast becoming a destination for all sorts of reasons, not least the food and drink. Inspired by the late 1980’s lower Manhattan street scene, Huckster will recreate the bustle of an urban street market where diners can choose from a selection of New York street food and beverage brands. This will include …

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Bowling Bird: Hidden Gems of London – SEEN reviews

If there’s one thing about her job that SEEN really values, it’s the opportunity to go to parts of London that seem special and almost a best-kept secret. One such area is Smithfields, not far from Barbican and Blackfriars and currently undergoing huge changes as new housing appears and crossrail development ratchets up a gear. …

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Yee-har! Wild West Cocktail Bar Moonshine Saloon to open

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New Wave Clay: Ceramic Design, Art and Architecture by Tom Morris – SEEN Reviews

This lavishly photographed book is very seductive. The ceramics herein are beautiful, strange, monumental, quirky or minimalist but having drawn the reader in, the book asks the pertinent question: are art and craft completely separate in their aesthetic and cultural sensibilities? Why does the word ‘potter’ conjure up thoughts of whimsy and low-cultural activity? Grayson …

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Photography On a Postcard at Photo London

Can there be any more perfect size for an artwork than a postcard? SEEN certainly thinks there’s a perfection to the format. With works from Bruce Gilden, Mark Power, David Hoffman, Dougie Wallace, Maggie Taylor, Karine Laval, Nick Brandt, Alison Jackson, David Titlow and Laura Pannack, there was sure to be something to entice everyone …