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Penguin Cafe

Penguin Cafe was founded by Arthur Jeffes in 2009, bringing together a diverse and disparate group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight, initially to perform his father Simon Jeffes’ legacy of world renowned Penguin Cafe Orchestra music, ten years after his untimely death in 1997.

Arthur, a composer in his own right, quickly began to create new and unique genre-defying music, with the spellbinding philosophy of the Penguin Cafe always in his mind.

The project has evolved into something at the hands of Arthur who utilises many different instruments and influences including elements of African, Venezuelan, Brazilian, bluegrass, classical, avant-garde and minimalist music — using a variety of instruments from strings, pianos, harmoniums, slide guitars, cuatros, kalimbas, experimental sound loops, mathematical notations and more.

To date, the new Penguin Cafe have released two albums of fresh, innovative and beautiful music, developing from the traditional folk and jazz heritage Penguin Cafe Orchestra is known for into another realm of blissful ambience and dance music, recreated using strictly acoustic elements.

Joining the Erased Tapes family, Arthur and the Penguins have been in the studio recording their upcoming album The Imperfect Sea for release on May 5th 2017 — accompanied by live dates in the UK, America, Japan and further international touring throughout the year.

Upcoming shows

Date
City
Country
Venue
11/07/2017 Shanghai China Shanhai Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Hall
10/08/2017 Haldern Germany Haldern Pop Festival
24/08/2017 Gdansk Poland Unknown venue
09/09/2017 London UK Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
13/09/2017 Bristol UK Colston Hall