London's Kate Simko ascends Monarch's stage 

click to enlarge Kate Simko, an American composer, DJ and scholar on a three-year residency in London, appears in The City today. - COURTESY  PHOTO
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  • Kate Simko, an American composer, DJ and scholar on a three-year residency in London, appears in The City today.
Erudite, elite electronic music producer Kate Simko swings through San Francisco tonight on her third-annual break from a now three-year-long residency in London. Has the United States lost our Kate?

"I get this question from other people and my mother-in-law and I'm ready to answer: It's not forever. I have a new artist visa for another three to five years," says Simko, a producer, film composer, performer and DJ who just finished a master's degree in composition for screen at the Royal College of Music in London.

"I want to be able to enjoy the city when I'm not a full-time student," says Simko, who was raised in Chicago.

"Lost in London" (2013), Simko's most recent EP, certainly sounds like she's having fun.

"Closer," featuring Jem Cooke, is a sexy, sleek, driving house track. It's on the other side of town from her 2009 debut LP, the abstract, ambient “Music from the Atom Smashers on Ghostly.”

Today, Simko is sitting on at least three EPs-worth of material and she can arrange an orchestra, to boot.

"I can, yeah – yeah totally. Which is, to be honest, one of the most exciting things. When I went there, I didn't know anything in terms of arrangements for different instruments. I had quite a bit of catching up to do compared to other students," she says. "It gave me lot of discipline, too. Now I'm definitely more focused in the studio."

Simko is on a four-date holiday tour of the U.S., followed by three dates in Mexico, Ecuador and Beirut, Lebanon.

Tonight on Monarch's award-winning, custom, gold Void Acoustics audio system, Simko keeps it simple and DJs, more or less, a house set.

"It depends on the night, but I guess my experience with San Francisco and what I would think of San Francisco house is Mark Farina and Naked Music. When I go to San Francisco, I always have a soft spot for that history of San Francisco music."

Back in London for 2015, Simko continues to bridge the worlds of classical and electronic with her London Electronic Orchestra, which arranges electronic music for classical.

She's exiting a quiet period, she says, with a new album with Chicago house luminary Tevo Howard, as well: "I have so much new music. It's just a matter of getting these all signed."

IF YOU GO

Kate Simko

Get Physical, No. 19

with Michael Clau, Benjamin K, Mantranova

When: 9 p.m. Dec. 18

Where: Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.

Tickets: $10

Contact: (415) 284-9774, www.ticketfly.com

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