THERE is avant-garde … and there is avant-pop, and it doesn’t get more avant-pop than the Penguin Cafe, making a return to the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Friday 1st December with music from their most recent album, Rain Before Seven, which was released in July.
Avant-garde pushes back the boundaries of contemporary classical and jazz music – avant-pop is described as genre-defying and in the hands of the skilled musicians led by Arthur Jeffes it combines folk, classical and minimalism.
Musician, composer and producer Jeffes and his ensemble, will be performing back catalogue favourites as well as work from the new album. The band creates a vivid series of panoramic sonic landscapes, cerebral, poignant and rich in emotional depth.
Following in the footsteps of his father Simon Jeffes’ and performing music from both the Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s repertoire and the new Penguin Cafe material, the talented line-up makes use of a wide range of instruments, including balafon, violins, cello, bass, percussion, upright and grand pianos, synthesiser, harmonium and more.