Q&A: Penguin Cafe
From 1976 to 1993 the Penguin Cafe Orchestra established themselves as an inventive set that incorporated elements of classical, folk and world music into their unique soundworld. The music appeared to have submit c be communicated to an end with the death of leader and creative force Simon Jeffes in 1997, but over recent years it has found a new lease of vital spark under Penguin Cafe , the collective formed by Jeffes’ son Arthur.
They released their second album The Red Regulations earlier this month. It sees them successfully build on the themes and attributes of their debut album A Matter Of Life as well as the music of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra (which still finds a greeting place in their live shows). Penguin Cafe’s music remains difficult to categorise but easy to marvel at, with moments of joyful celebration sitting next to beautiful poignancy, all reflected through a myriad of styles.