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Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra (Live) at (le) poisson rouge

Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra (Live) 
Le Poisson Rouge NYC on July 14th

with Performances by Justin Messina and Ricardo Romaneiro featuring Hannah Sumner
DJ Set from Joe Foxton [Fiction NYC]

(le) poisson rouge invites you to the U.S. debut and album release concert for revered producer/composer Kate Simko and her innovative new project London Electronic Orchestra. Featuring a string quintet, harp, and guest vocalist Amunet Shah, the live set will showcase material off Kate Simko & LEO’s recently released, self-titled album on The Vinyl Factory. The event is curated by New York composer Ricardo Romaneiro, who has collaborated with a myriad of composers and performers, creating thematic concerts that blur the lines between classical and electronic music. Esteemed New York composer Justin Messina will have a bespoke piece performed, and lynchpin to the electronic scene, Joe Foxton, will close the evening with a DJ set. Mauricio Ceppi will provide live visuals.


Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra is a genre-bending ensemble that represents a meeting of Simko’s two worlds. A classically trained pianist raised in the dance music mecca of Chicago, Simko has edged to the forefront of house and techno’s new generation of talent with a series of albums and EPs for esteemed international labels such as Ghostly International, Get Physical, and Last Night On Earth, while applying her classical leanings to film scoring and a Billboard-charted remix for Philip Glass. In 2014, she completed a Master’s in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, where she formed London Electronic Orchestra. Comprised of two violins, two cellos, upright bass, harp, and Kate on keys, the ensemble summons classical music’s ornate instrumentation to the dancefloor through an inimitable blend of sonorous strings and loose-grooved beats.  

The group’s first single with Jamie Jones, “One Time Game” ft. Jem Cooke, was released in August 2015 on Jones’ Emerald City imprint, followed by their debut Tilted EP and album in May on The Vinyl Factory. Their live performances include iTunes Festival in London, the National Gallery, Boiler Room, Latitude Festival, Bestival, and a recent guest appearance at the Royal Albert Hall for Classic FM.

Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra is a groundbreaking out-of-the box classical-electronic ensemble from London. Led by composer Kate Simko, LEO intricately fuses Kate’s background as a classical pianist with her Chicago roots in electronic music. Comprised of two violins, two cellos, upright bass, harp, and Kate on keys, London Electronic Orchestra is an inimitable blend of lush strings weaving in-and-out of synths and loose grooved beats. The group has created a buzz with appearances at iTunes Festival in London, Boiler Room, Latitude Festival, Bestival, and a recent guest appearance at the Royal Albert Hall for Classic FM. Kate Simko & London Electronic orchestra released their debut self-titled album on The Vinyl Factory in May, and this show marks their United States debut. Over the past decade, Kate Simko has placed herself at the forefront of a new generation of house and techno talent. The Chicago-bred, London-based producer has been behind a series of treasured albums and EPs for many esteemed international labels, and has delved into a myriad of projects including remixing Philip Glass, audio-visual live sets, and film scores. In 2014, Simko completed a master’s in Composition at Royal College of Music and formed her genre-bending project London Electronic Orchestra.

Justin Messina works with both acoustic and electronic means to create works that explore the expressive nature of sound. These works range from large orchestral compositions to electronically created sound installations. A longtime resident of Brooklyn, this summer was spent at Channel Islands National Park making field recordings of everything from sea caves to humming birds. The recordings will make up part of a large-scale audio installation exploring themes of time, place, memory, and history.His most recent album Shortwave Artifacts investigates the mysterious nature of radio. Made entirely of radio sounds and music for string ensemble, the album emerged naturally following a decade of working as a dj and producer. His work in the world of popular electronic music led to collaborative performances with techno legends Carl Craig and Moritz von Oswald. His orchestral work Abandon, premiered at Carnegie Hall by the American Composers Orchestra, is an homage to the first generation of techno artists from the empty streets of Detroit. Started in 2011, his current project Shortwave Artifacts is a series of works investigating the mysterious nature of radio. The works range from multi-channel sound installations to electro-acoustic works intended for the stage. The first full-length album of the series was completed in 2013.

Brazilian born composer and electronic artist Ricardo Romaneiro synthesizes classical and electronic music. The New York Times described his work (Strata) as “a blissful and compelling mix of Minimalist-derived rhythmic ecstasy and nightclub beats”. His music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and institutions such as the the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden Series, Metropolis Ensemble, Wordless Music, Ensemble LPR, Nu Deco Ensemble, ECCE, New Juilliard Ensemble, Quintet of the Americas, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Colorado Ballet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and the Sacramento Ballet. Ricardo’s music has been featured on NPR live broadcast from Prospect Park Bandshell as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concerts. Esquire Magazine featured his music and work process in their annual “Best & Brightest” issue. A recipient of the ASCAP Rudy Perz Songwriting Scholarship, Ricardo earned a Bachelor degree in composition from Manhattan School of Music and a Master degree in composition from The Juilliard School. 



Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show

7:00pm doors, 8:00pm show

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Earlier Event: July 9