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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

18/07/2019 Suffolk UK Latitude Festival 2019
14/09/2019 Trento Italy Suoni Delle Dolomiti
28/09/2019 Birmingham UK Birmingham Town Hall
29/09/2019 Edinburgh UK The Queen's Hall
30/09/2019 Cambridge UK Cambridge Corn Exchange
01/10/2019 Leicester UK De Montfort Hall
02/10/2019 London UK Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
03/10/2019 Manchester UK RNCM Theatre
05/10/2019 Bristol UK St George's Bristol
06/10/2019 Cardiff UK St David's Hall
07/10/2019 Dublin Ireland National Concert Hall
19/01/2020 Bilbao Spain Teatro Arriaga