This November, Jamie Jones and Kate Simko come together for an exquisite collaboration at London’s world-class arts venue the Barbican for a full concert of original music fusing live orchestra and electronics, ‘Opus 1’.
This one-off event will witness the duo performing brand new material alongside recomposed originals, alongside a captivating 25-piece expansion of Simko’s enthralling, London Electronic Orchestra. LEO will be led by violinist Kamila Bydlowska, harpist Valeria Kurbatova, and cellist Davina Shum.
“This is the first step of that new direction of what we are doing, so, as well as performing, a lot of my music, previous music, Kate’s previous music, and bringing it all together in this new form, we’re also working on new music. That’s really exciting.” – Jamie Jones
The concert will feature some of Jamie Jones’ well known tracks recomposed for orchestra, including ‘Hungry for the Power,’ ‘Tonight In Tokyo, and Hot Natured’s ‘Benediction,’ alongside the duo’s collaborations with London Electronic Orchestra, ‘One Time Game ft. Jem Cooke’ and ‘Dark Delirium.’
“We are very excited to debut the show at the Barbican because the sound is amazing and there so much history at the venue. It’s an honour to perform with my ensemble London Electronic Orchestra in the London Symphony’s home hall, and an incredible opportunity for Jamie and me to share this new hybrid sound we’ve been working on behind the scenes.“ – Kate Simko
Jamie and Kate first joined forces in 2015 with Jamie adding his warm and melodic house sounds to the kaleidoscopic track “One Time Game ft. Jem Cooke,” released on Jamie’s Emerald City imprint. Next the duo co-produced the track ‘Dark Delirium’ with Katy B, which was an instrumental on Simko’s London Electronic Orchestra album, as well as a hit track of the same name on Katy B’s subsequent album ‘Honey’.
Jamie’s inclusive resonances stem back from his Hot Creations inception, with the label brandishing the flag as one of the most defining labels in its genre. Kate, meanwhile, is no stranger to collaborative projects; she has remixed tracks for the likes of Guy Gerber and Phillip Glass, is a film composer, and has had a litany of releases on labels including The Vinyl Factory, Ghostly, and Last Night on Earth. With Jamie regarded as a true innovator of his pursuit, and Kate possessing a truly unique background in both Chicago house music and the classical sphere, the final product is one of profound, genre-defying synergy.
“It doesn’t really get more prestigious (than playing the Barbican). I don’t live in London anymore, but I lived here for eighteen years. Kate now is fully raised here. So to be able to debut the show here makes perfect sense, we are really thankful to be able do it.” – Jamie Jones
Housed in the cultural hub the Barbican, and led by Robert Ames, the principle conductor of London Contemporary Orchestra, Tuesday 27th November is shaping up to be an elegant synthesis of creative forces, cinematic soundscapes and emotive disco strings and another page written in the memoir of electronic music.