December 16th - Penguin Cafe pre-tour warm-up/Christmas party...
We're coming back to Cecil Sharp House in one last hurrah for 2013 ahead of next year's excitements - please come and join us for some music, drinks and experiments with lighting...
Tickets will go fast, so book now!
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Date: 16th December 2013
At: Cecil Sharp House - London
We are very very pleased to announce that the new album THE RED BOOK will be out on 17th February 2014.
Additionally, we can now confirm the first dates of our UK tour. We will be in residency at London's iconic Union Chapel over the 14th / 15th / 16 February 2014, with our great friend and special guest for the tour, Tom Baxter.
More dates to be announced very soon.
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These are exciting times for the Penguin Cafe. The new album is imminent, and we will soon be announcing dates for the Spring and beyond.
There are now so many ways to keep updated with all our latest news, so make sure you are following us....
Birmingham Royal Ballet are bringing the much acclaimed 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' ballet to London's Sadler's Wells theatre next week as part of three short works by David Bintley, for two days, 15th and 16th October 2013.
We are are very excited to see this beautiful Ballet back on stage again, and to celebrate we are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets.
Prize: 2 tickets for the evening performance of the Ballet at Sadler's Wells, on tuesday 15th October.
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*competition closes midnight on tuesday 9th october.
**THIS COMPEITION IS NOW CLOSED**
Finally, another chance to see this fabulous Ballet 'Still Life at the Penguin Cafe' this time being performed by the Birmingham Royal Ballet as part of three short works from Artistic Director David Bintley.
Performances are at Sadlers Wells on 15th and 16th October.
tickets are selling fast, CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
After a great summer of gigs, we are now back putting the finishing touches to the new album, to be released in the new year.
We'll keep you posted of any gigs over christmas.
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A huge thank you to all who made our concerts in Tuscany so special. We are enjoying the sunshine and gearing up for Folk East at the end of August.
If you haven't got your tickets yet, we are performing on Sunday 25th, all details and ticket info here:
We are living it up in Italy this week, performing a series of private concerts at a secret location in a beautiful tumbledown palazzo in the tuscan countryside, close to Grosseto.
If you'd like to be there, contact us email@example.com for details.
We've had a great few weeks - Glastonbury was great fun, Eindhoven was lovely and we're now setting up for a series of concerts out here in Southern Tuscany at a very beautiful old 14th century monastery...
If you're going to be in the area on the 12th, 13th or 14th and would be interested in coming along please email firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll be able to provide more details...
Ahead of Glastonbury festival 2013, Penguin Cafe performed live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme, last friday, 21st June.
If you didn't catch it live, the programme is available on BBC iplayer until 29th June so make sure to catch us (1hr24m into the programme).
Listen to Radio 3 In Tune
We are excited to be coming to the Netherlands, to play at the Muziek Gebouw Fritz Philips, in Eindhoven, on July 3rd 2013.
Tickets are on sale now
Exciting news! Penguin Cafe will be playing at the Bowie weekender, on friday night, as part of the V&A's most popular exhibition ever, 'David Bowie is'.
The V&A Lates event begins at 6.30pm, and we will be performing in the garden at 8pm.
Come down and see us!
Its FREE entry, and there is all manner of brilliant Bowie inspired events happening around the museum including live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays and installations, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs, and late-night exhibition opening.
Come and see us live at Folk East festival of Folk and World Music over the weekend of 23-25th August 2013, at Glemham Hall, Suffolk.
For full information visit: folkeast.co.uk
The new album is coming along nicely so we are going to play at Cecil Sharp House in the new year to experiment with music both new and old over two intimate evenings of workshop style performances.
If you would like to join us, limited tickets are available now for the two nights, 17th jan and 3rd Feb 2013.
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The Japan Tour was completely amazing. We are humbled by the lovely fans out there and the really lovely team who were looking after us. Thank you everyone!
We've got some footage from the concerts and a bunch of photos which we'll post as soon as we've got them organised... If you'd like to see them you can also sign up for our newsletter at the top of the page...
So now we're back in the studio looking at our plans for next year - which will be the 40th anniversary of the Penguin Cafe's inception... We've got a lot of stuff to get on with...
This week the Sundog album - 'INSOFAR' - goes on full general release. And then on Wednesday we pack up all our gear and head to Japan for the 2012 Japanese tour... can't wait this is going to be amazing!
We had a lot of fun - thank you all who came down...
Now we're in preparation for the Japanese tour in October and some very cool stuff we can't talk about yet that's happening in San Fransisco in September...
Have a great August!
Gearing up for the London 2012 BT River Of Music show tomorrow... going to be a lot of fun!
4 events in total
One day in the early 1970's, English composer Simon Jeffes was in the South of France, suffering from a terrible bout of food poisoning. He had a series of feverish waking dreams featuring a dystopian view of the near future, where all was grey and concrete.
People lived in huge grey blocks and one could see into the windows. In one room a couple was making love soundlessly and lovelessly. In another someone was simply sat staring at a screen. In a third room a musician sat working at an array of electronic equipment but he was wearing headphones and the room was totally silent. In the top corner of each room a camera watched all that happened like a malevolent eye.
This world was de-humanised and crushing for the heart... but one could reject it and look further afield. If you looked down the road a certain distance you could see a ramshackle building with noise and light and chaotic music bursting out of doors in to the night. This was the Penguin Cafe. Inside it was an Ekonomiyaki bar, with long tables where everyone sits together. There was sawdust on the floors and when you were feeling tired the glasses made themselves lighter to help you. In the back there was always a band playing music. Without knowing where, one always felt that one had heard the music before. This was the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
On waking, the words of a poem came to him. It began: "I am the proprietor of the Penguin Cafe. I will tell you things at random...".
From this was borne the inspiration to write the music that would be played by the musicians in the back of the Penguin Cafe. Jeffes did this with great success with a number of very talented musicians over the next 30 years until his untimely death in 1997.
13 years on from Simon Jeffes' death, his son, Arthur, started playing this music again. Under the name Penguin Cafe, Arthur and a group of new musicians are re-visiting the music; starting a new chapter in the story of this unique and strange creative world.
Steve Gullick 2010
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|03 May 2012||The Arts Desk (link)|
|02 March 2012||The Australian (link)|
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