Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Profile:
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra (PCO) was founded by British composer Simon Jeffes (1949 - 1997). Born in Sussex, England, and raised in Canada and around Europe, Jeffes began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and then studied classical guitar, piano, and music theory at Chiswick Polytechnic, but dropped out before graduating.

While living in Japan in 1972, he developed an interest in ethnic music, particularly African styles, and decided to try to merge those styles with more traditional Western sounds. He launched the PCO as an outlet for his compositions with this eclectic hybrid approach. He always said that the "Penguin Cafe" concept was one that came to him in a dream while he was suffering from food poisoning in the south of France in the summer of 1972, after which he wrote a poem that began, "I am the proprietor of the Penguin Cafe, I will tell you things at random." He described the music of the group as "modern semi-acoustic chamber music."

Penguin Cafe Orchestra
2 Hippodrome Place
London W11 4NG
UK

Tel: +44 20 7792 3493
Fax: +44 7792 7855
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Albums

obscure no. 7 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Music From The Penguin Café album art Simon Jeffes - Performed By Members Of The Penguin Café Orchestra* Simon Jeffes - Performed By Members Of The Penguin Café Orchestra* - Music From The Penguin Café (Album) Obscure (2), Island Records obscure no. 7 UK 1976 Sell This Version
28MM 0065 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Penguin Cafe Orchestra album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Album) Editions EG 28MM 0065 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
EGMLP 2, 811 917-1, EGMLC 2 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album (MiniAlbum) Editions EG, Editions EG EGMLP 2, 811 917-1, EGMLC 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
EEGCD 38 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Broadcasting From Home album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Broadcasting From Home (Album) Editions EG, Polydor EEGCD 38 UK 1984 Sell This Version
EGED 50 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Signs Of Life album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Signs Of Life (Album) Editions EG EGED 50 US 1987 Sell This Version
EGEDC 56 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - When In Rome... album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra When In Rome... (Album) Editions EG, EG, Virgin EGEDC 56 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
852 498 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Union Cafe album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Union Cafe (Album) Zopf 852 498 France 1993 Sell This Version
8 36086 2 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Concert Program album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Concert Program (Album) Zopf, Windham Hill Records 8 36086 2 Italy 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

2801 053 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Air À Danser / Walk Don't Run album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Air À Danser / Walk Don't Run(7", Single, Promo) Editions EG 2801 053 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
7DM 0048 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Walk Don't Run album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Walk Don't Run(7", Single) Editions EG 7DM 0048 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
EDS2 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Dirt album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Dirt Editions EG EDS2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
EGO 22, 881 987-7 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Music For A Found Harmonium album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music For A Found Harmonium (Single) Editions EG EGO 22, 881 987-7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
none Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Telephone And Rubber Band album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Telephone And Rubber Band (Single) Virgin none UK 2000 Sell This Version
821 130-7 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Yodel 2 / Telephone And Rubber Band album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Yodel 2 / Telephone And Rubber Band(7") Polydor, EG 821 130-7 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

30MM 9215/6 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Music From The Penguin Cafe / Penguin Cafe Orchestra album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music From The Penguin Cafe / Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Comp, Album) Editions EG, Polydor 30MM 9215/6 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
7243 8 42015 2 4, AMBT15 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Preludes, Airs & Yodels (A Penguin Cafe Primer) album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Preludes, Airs & Yodels (A Penguin Cafe Primer) (Comp) Zopf, Virgin 7243 8 42015 2 4, AMBT15 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PM 50161 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Oskar Und Leni (Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Oskar Und Leni (Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Comp) Peregrina Music PM 50161 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
CDV2954, CDV 2954, 7243 8 11487 2 3, 8 11487 2 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - A Brief History album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra A Brief History (Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Zopf, Zopf CDV2954, CDV 2954, 7243 8 11487 2 3, 8 11487 2 UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
PCOBOX1, 07243 811482 2 8 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - A History album art The Penguin Cafe Orchestra* A History (Comp) Virgin, Virgin PCOBOX1, 07243 811482 2 8 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
HMV5431792 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Collection album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Collection(CD, Comp) EMI HMV5431792 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
ZOPFD004 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - The Second Penguin Cafe Orchestra Sampler album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Second Penguin Cafe Orchestra Sampler(CD, Comp) Zopf ZOPFD004 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
RZCM-45620 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Best album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra Best(CD, Comp) 333 Discs, Zopf, EMI Music Japan RZCM-45620 Japan 2007 Sell This Version

Videos

071 222-3 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - 'Still Life' At The Penguin Café & The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - A Profile album art Simon Jeffes / Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Isaiah Jackson (2) / Penguin Cafe Orchestra Simon Jeffes / Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Isaiah Jackson (2) / Penguin Cafe Orchestra - 'Still Life' At The Penguin Café & The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - A Profile Decca 071 222-3 US 1991 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

5099 9 236209 2 6, PCORT 1 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - A Sampler album art Penguin Cafe Orchestra A Sampler(CD, Smplr) Virgin, Rough Trade 5099 9 236209 2 6, PCORT 1 Europe 2008 Sell This Version