Music From the Penguin Café, an Album by Penguin Cafe Orchestra. 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. A dapper strain of melancholy occasionally courses through PCO, as on ‘Southern Jukebox Music’ which is surprisingly funereal, although John Cage would have approved of ‘Cage Dead’ from 1993's Union Cafe, whose melody progresses according to the letters of the title. Composer Simon Jeffes formed the Penguin Cafe Orchestra in the early 70s in reaction to the rigidity of his classical training and a need to celebrate “randomness, spontaneity, surprise, and irrationality,” in his music. Mercifully takeouts of course remain available in the form of the wonderful PCO recordings and more recently a couple of new Penguin Cafe collectives have emerged formed respectively by Jeffes’ son and various ex-members of the original band. To find out more, click here. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Penguin Cafe Orchestra on AllMusic - 1981 - The sophomore album from Simon Jeffes' homegrown… Let us know what you think of this artist by adding a comment or assigning a rating below! Mixes If you love what we do, you can help tQ to continue bringing you the best in cultural criticism and new music by joining one of our subscription tiers. done anything to warrant a ban, this is most likely the case. From the Colonies and Giles Farnaby’s Dream are typical pieces of playful Penguin whimsy and Coronation is noteworthy for vocals by Emily Young, the eminent sculptor responsible for the surreal penguin headed figures that frequent the Penguin Cafe, and reportedly the inspiration behind Pink Floyd’s See Emily Play. All rights reserved. The almost naively exploring character of the compositions highly sustain the atmosphere of the movie; one of the best movie-soundtracks I know. Live Dates SHOP INFO Cart 0. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra (PCO) was founded by British composer Simon Jeffes (1949 - 1997). The Penguin Cafe Orchestra is a case in point. The excellent live album Concert Program (1995) proved to be the final new recording from the band, preceding Jeffes' untimely death in 1997. Spotify & Apple Music Cart 0. You might have the Hola VPN extension installed. Please whitelist our site in order to continue to access The Quietus. The idea of the Penguin Cafe came to Jeffes in a dream he had following a bout of food poisoning in 1972. Music From The Penguin Cafe, their first album, appeared in 1976 and, while to an extent in the thrall to Eno's Ambient series, probably has more in common with the French group ZNR, who were engaged in a similarly eclectic, faux chamber music at the time. Your computer may be infected with malware or spyware that is making automated requests to our server and causing problems. As a wholly independent publication, we rely entirely on our ad bookings to keep The Quietus going. Following a trademark interlude of sawing violins and other avant-garde noises, bliss is restored as the haunting theme returns. This is forbidden by our terms of service. If so, you'll need to disable it when using this site, as it spams the websites you visit with fake requests. *Penguin Cafe Orchestra Genres: Chamber Music. *Music From The Penguin Cafe Interviews As well as the unparalleled joy of keeping the publication alive, you'll receive benefits including exclusive editorial, podcasts, and specially-commissioned music by some of our favourite artists.
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