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 Music From The Penguin Café — Penguin Cafe Orchestra 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
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28MM 0065 Penguin Cafe Orchestra — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Album) Editions EG 28MM 0065 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
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EGMLP 2, 811 917-1, EGMLC 2 The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Mini Album (MiniAlbum, Comp) Editions EG, Editions EG EGMLP 2, 811 917-1, EGMLC 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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28MM 0382 Broadcasting From Home — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Broadcasting From Home (Album) Editions EG, Polydor 28MM 0382 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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EGED 50 Signs Of Life — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Signs Of Life (Album) Editions EG EGED 50 US 1987 Sell This Version
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EGEDC 56 When In Rome... — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra When In Rome... (Album) Editions EG, EG, Virgin EGEDC 56 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
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852 498 Union Cafe — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Union Cafe (Album) Zopf 852 498 France 1993 Sell This Version
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8 36086 2 Concert Program — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Concert Program (Album) Zopf, Windham Hill Records 8 36086 2 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

2801 053 Air À Danser / Walk Don't Run — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Air À Danser / Walk Don't Run(7", Single, Promo) Editions EG 2801 053 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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7DM 0048 Walk Don't Run — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Walk Don't Run (Single) Editions EG 7DM 0048 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
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821 130-7 Yodel 2 / Telephone And Rubber Band — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Yodel 2 / Telephone And Rubber Band(7") Polydor, EG 821 130-7 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
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EDS2 Dirt — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Dirt Editions EG EDS2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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EGO 22, 881 987-7 Music For A Found Harmonium — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music For A Found Harmonium (Single) Editions EG EGO 22, 881 987-7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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none Telephone And Rubber Band — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Telephone And Rubber Band (Single) Virgin none UK 2000 Sell This Version
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Compilations

30MM 9215/6 Music From The Penguin Cafe / Penguin Cafe Orchestra — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music From The Penguin Cafe / Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Comp, Album) Editions EG, Polydor 30MM 9215/6 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
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WT95-11 Selections From A Different Noise / Selections From Concert Program — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Nightnoise (2), Penguin Cafe Orchestra Nightnoise (2), Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Selections From A Different Noise / Selections From Concert Program(Cass, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Windham Hill Records, Zopf WT95-11 US 1995 Sell This Version
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7243 8 42015 2 4, AMBT15 Preludes, Airs & Yodels (A Penguin Cafe Primer) — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Preludes, Airs & Yodels (A Penguin Cafe Primer) (Comp) Zopf, Virgin 7243 8 42015 2 4, AMBT15 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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PM 50161 Oskar Und Leni (Motion Picture Soundtrack) — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Oskar Und Leni (Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Comp) Peregrina Music PM 50161 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
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CDV2954 A Brief History — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra A Brief History (Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Zopf, Zopf CDV2954 UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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PCOBOX1, 07243 811482 2 8 A History — Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Penguin Cafe Orchestra* A History (Comp) Virgin, Virgin PCOBOX1, 07243 811482 2 8 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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HMV5431792 The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Collection — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Penguin Cafe Orchestra Collection(CD, Comp) HMV Easy HMV5431792 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
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ZOPFD004 The Second Penguin Cafe Orchestra Sampler — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Second Penguin Cafe Orchestra Sampler(CD, Comp) Zopf ZOPFD004 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
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RZCM-45620 Best — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra Best(CD, Comp) 333 Discs, Zopf, EMI Music Japan RZCM-45620 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
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Videos

071 222-3 'Still Life' At The Penguin Café & The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - A Profile — Penguin Cafe Orchestra 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
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071 122-1 'Still Life' At The Penguin Café & The Penguin Café Orchestra-A Profile — Penguin Cafe Orchestra Penguin Cafe Orchestra, The Royal Ballet, Simon Jeffes Penguin Cafe Orchestra, The Royal Ballet, Simon Jeffes - 'Still Life' At The Penguin Café & The Penguin Café Orchestra-A Profile(Laserdisc, 12", Album) Decca 071 122-1 UK 1991 Sell This Version

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recrecshop

recrecshop

November 22, 2022
...beneath pascal comelade & joseph racaille, penguin cafe orchestra-leader
simon jeffes (1949-97) is perhaps the greatest european composer coming out
of the "pop-art". all his 5 carefully recorded studio albums are
masterpieces. beloved by children of all ages! joyful, charming & heartful.
erik satie would be proud of all his youngsters today...
Kraftwerker1967

Kraftwerker1967

April 30, 2018
Definitely one of my favourite bands. Incredibly moving music

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