Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Penguin Cafe Orchestra

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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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Penguin Cafe Orchestra Discography

Albums

2311 041 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music From The Penguin Café (Album) Obscure (2) 2311 041 France 1976 Sell This Version
EGED 11 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Album) Editions EG EGED 11 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
EGMLP 2 (811 917-1) Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album (MiniAlbum) Editions EG EGMLP 2 (811 917-1) UK 1983 Sell This Version
EGEDC 38 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Broadcasting From Home (Album) Editions EG EGEDC 38 UK 1984 Sell This Version
EGED 50 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) Editions EG, EG, Virgin EGEDC 56 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
852 498 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Union Cafe (Album) Zopf 852 498 France 1993 Sell This Version
ZOPFV 002 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Concert Program (Album) Zopf, Windham Hill Records ZOPFV 002 UK 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

2801 053 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Air À Danser / Walk Don't Run(7", Single, Promo) Editions EG 2801 053 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
EGO 22, 881 987-7 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music For A Found Harmonium Editions EG EGO 22, 881 987-7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
EDS2 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Dirt Editions EG EDS2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
PCO 001 P PCO* Telephone And Rubber Band(12", Promo) Virgin PCO 001 P UK 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

30MM 9215/6 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music From The Penguin Cafe / Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Comp) Editions EG, Polydor 30MM 9215/6 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
7243 8 42015 2 4 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Preludes, Airs & Yodels (Comp) Virgin 7243 8 42015 2 4 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PM50161 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Oskar Und Leni (Motion Picture Soundrack)(CD, Comp) Peregrina Music PM50161 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
CDV2954, CDV 2954, 7243 8 11487 2 3, 8 11487 2 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, The* A History (Comp) Virgin, Virgin PCOBOX1, 07243 811482 2 8 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
5099 9 236209 2 6, PCORT 1 Penguin Cafe Orchestra A Sampler(CD, Comp) Virgin, Rough Trade 5099 9 236209 2 6, PCORT 1 Europe 2008 Sell This Version