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

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 UK 1976 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Album) Editions EG Canada 1981 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album (MiniAlbum) Editions EG, Editions EG UK 1983 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Broadcasting From Home (Album) Editions EG UK 1984 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Signs Of Life (Album) Editions EG US 1987 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra When In Rome... (Album) Editions EG, EG, Virgin UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Union Cafe (Album) Zopf France 1993 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Concert Program (Album) Zopf, Windham Hill Records 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
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Dirt Editions EG UK 1987 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music For A Found Harmonium Editions EG UK 1985 Sell This Version
PCO 001 P PCO* Telephone And Rubber Band(12", Promo) Virgin PCO 001 P UK 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music From The Penguin Cafe / Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Comp, Album) Editions EG, Polydor Japan 1985 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Preludes, Airs & Yodels (Comp) Virgin UK 1996 Sell This Version
PM50161 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Oskar Und Leni (Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Comp) Peregrina Music PM50161 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra* A History (Comp) Virgin, Virgin Europe 2001 Sell This Version
Penguin Cafe Orchestra A Brief History (Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Zopf, Zopf UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
HMV5431792 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(CD, Comp) Zopf ZOPFD004 UK & Europe 2004 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

Videos

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 London Records US 1991 Sell This Version