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Concert Program

Penguin Café Orchestra

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This two-disc live program of music spanning the history of the group from the early 1970s to the early 1990s is remarkable not only for the quality of the music, but for the absolute hush of the audience; there's not a cough or a clap out of them. We are thus left free from distraction to enjoy PCO's unique combination of old-time parlor stylings, park bandstand music, folk, and classical. Emotionally, the mélange adds up to a wistful yet hopeful nostalgia. Intellectually, it's fascinating to watch the kaleidoscopic interplay of elements, such as the minimalist factor that enters the mix in "Numbers 1-4" with its Glass-like repeated gallop. The music is all instrumental (it really is all small orchestra), but the possible sameness of the sound is broken up by clever arrangements and a little variation in the instruments, as with the occasional harmonium and the ukulele featured on the all-out hoe-down "Beanfields" (not to mention the telephonesounds on "Telephone and Rubber Band"). The instruments are unfortunately pushed too far back in the sound-space, as an effect rather like a soft-focus in a movie flashback. This may have been composer/producer Simon Jeffes' intent, but it doesn't serve the music well. Half the fun of listening to PCO is trying to pin down the allusions and influences, the funniest being the riff from "La Bamba" played on the cuatro by Jeffes in "Giles Farnaby's Dream." However, the eclecticism makes it hard to define the market who will appreciate this music. If you like Cafe Noir, 81/2 Souvenirs, or Squirrel Nut Zippers, there's a pretty good chance you'll like this, too. But remember that Penguin Cafe Orchestra was there first.
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1
Air à danser
00:05:26

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

2
Cage Dead (Version 2)
00:04:46

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

3
Organum
00:04:26

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

4
Southern Jukebox Music
00:05:10

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

5
Numbers 1-4
00:07:43

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

6
Air
00:04:13

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

7
Perpetuum Mobile
00:04:42

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

8
Nothing Really Blue
00:05:16

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

9
Telephone and Rubber Band
00:03:55

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

10
Beanfields
00:04:38

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

11
Vega
00:10:10

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

12
Surface Tension (Where the Trees MeettThe Sky)
00:02:08

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

13
Oscar Tango
00:03:43

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

14
Music for a Found Harmonium
00:02:36

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

15
Lifeboat (Lovers Rock)
00:06:52

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

16
Steady State
00:05:18

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

17
Scherzo and Trio
00:06:58

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

18
Giles Farnaby's Dream
00:05:25

Giles Farnaby, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

19
Salty Bean Fumble
00:04:07

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

20
Red Shorts
00:03:58

Simon Jeffes, Composer - Penguin Café Orchestra, MainArtist

2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd. 2011 Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd.

Album Description

This two-disc live program of music spanning the history of the group from the early 1970s to the early 1990s is remarkable not only for the quality of the music, but for the absolute hush of the audience; there's not a cough or a clap out of them. We are thus left free from distraction to enjoy PCO's unique combination of old-time parlor stylings, park bandstand music, folk, and classical. Emotionally, the mélange adds up to a wistful yet hopeful nostalgia. Intellectually, it's fascinating to watch the kaleidoscopic interplay of elements, such as the minimalist factor that enters the mix in "Numbers 1-4" with its Glass-like repeated gallop. The music is all instrumental (it really is all small orchestra), but the possible sameness of the sound is broken up by clever arrangements and a little variation in the instruments, as with the occasional harmonium and the ukulele featured on the all-out hoe-down "Beanfields" (not to mention the telephonesounds on "Telephone and Rubber Band"). The instruments are unfortunately pushed too far back in the sound-space, as an effect rather like a soft-focus in a movie flashback. This may have been composer/producer Simon Jeffes' intent, but it doesn't serve the music well. Half the fun of listening to PCO is trying to pin down the allusions and influences, the funniest being the riff from "La Bamba" played on the cuatro by Jeffes in "Giles Farnaby's Dream." However, the eclecticism makes it hard to define the market who will appreciate this music. If you like Cafe Noir, 81/2 Souvenirs, or Squirrel Nut Zippers, there's a pretty good chance you'll like this, too. But remember that Penguin Cafe Orchestra was there first.
© TiVo

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