Episode #220

Program #220

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Monday, August 30, 2004

Ever since its U.S. debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1982, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra has been a regular guest on New Sounds. In this February 2, 1989 program, John welcomed the entire seven-piece orchestra, led by the late Simon Jeffes, to the WNYC studios for a live performance. We learn that the PCO was not named after a real cafe in London, as was often suggested, but was the result of a dream-like vision Jeffes experienced during a severe bout of food poisoning in the the Summer of 1972. Musical highlights include "Air a Danser," "Paul's Dance," and "Giles Farnaby's Dream," among other tunes.

PROGRAM #220, "Penguin Cafe Orchestra, live" (Aired 02-02-89)





Penguin Cafe Orchestra

live at WNYC

"Air A Danser"
"From the Colonies"
"Numbers 1 - 4"
"Telephone and Rubber Band"
"Paul's Dance"
"Surface Tension & Oskar Tango"
"Giles Farnaby's Dream"

Most PCO albums are on the EG label and are available online:

Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Music from the Penguin Cafe

"Penguin Cafe Single"

EG #27. See above.

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