Not many house and techno producers have the high-art pedigree of Kate Simko. With a background in classical and improvisatory jazz piano, the Chicago musician and DJ transitioned to electronic dance music in the ’90s, when thumping, all-night raves were supreme. But Simko’s refined style is part of a more genteel wave of American dance music. Her technically masterful house productions have taken her to some pretty lofty places. She composed the soundtrack to The Atom Smashers, a 2008 documentary about the world’s second largest particle accelerator; made a remix for composer Philip Glass; and developed a new audiovisual show, “Lustre,” which she’ll project during her set tonight, part of the Forward electronic music festival. It’s a high-brow, cerebral C.V., but Simko’s recordings—indebted to the funky elements of her hometown’s house-music heritage—also offer reminders that she’s still a club kid.
Simko performs with Navbox, Jubilee, and Rosario at 10 p.m. at The Warehouse Loft, 411 New York Ave. NE. $10-$15. forwarddc.com.