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Nationality  British
Role  Composer
Name  Arthur Jeffes
Known for  Penguin Cafe

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Grandparents  Wayland Young, 2nd Baron Kennet, Elizabeth Young, Lady Kennet
Albums  Music from the Penguin, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Broadcasting from Home, Oskar und Leni, The Penguin Cafe Orc

Parents  Emily Young, Simon Jeffes

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Arthur William Phoenix Young Jeffes (born 21 July 1978, Paddington, London, England) is an English composer, musician, and arctic explorer. He is the frontman of the musical group Penguin Cafe, a group he formed in 2007 to play the music of his father's band, the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. He is one half of the band Sundog.


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Early life

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Jeffes was born in London to the artist Emily Young and musician and composer, Simon Jeffes. Jeffes's interest in experimental music was recognised by his father when he took a hammer to the keys of his father's piano. While both of his parents nurtured his musicality he was encouraged to base any career on a strong academic background. He read Archaeology and Anthropology at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Penguin Cafe

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In 2007, original members of Penguin Cafe Orchestra performed a series of three memorial concerts, with Arthur Jeffes performing onstage with the band for the first time, to mark ten years since Simon Jeffes' death. Encouraged by the public response to the Union Chapel concerts, which all sold out, Jeffes decided that keeping his father's music alive was a worthwhile endeavour. He founded a new band, Penguin Cafe, with a new line-up, including Cass Browne of Gorillaz, Neil Codling of Suede, Oli Langford of Florence and the Machine and Darren Berry of Razorlight. Penguin Cafe have performed on stage playing works of Simon Jeffes and their own pieces. They have released two albums, A Matter of Life... (2008) and The Red Book (2014).

The International Space Orchestra

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In 2012, Jeffes was commissioned by the artist Nelly Ben-Hayoun to write several pieces for the NASA Kepler mission, to be played by the International Space Orchestra. The pieces "1420" and "Aurora" were beamed into space in 2013. "1420" was inspired by the WOW! signal.


  • A Matter of Life... (2011)
  • The Red Book (2014)
  • References

    Arthur Jeffes Wikipedia

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