Mike Pigneguy (UAE) with Penny King

Michael Pignéguy (pronounced Pin-ay-gee) is a gifted drummer, composer, band-leader, arranger and producer.

He performs & records alongside a variety of other skilled, international musicians as either THE AWAKENINGS ENSEMBLE (World, Arabic, Latin & Jazz), The Michael Pignéguy Sextet/Quartet & other extended orchestral versions of the Jazz formats.

Where many artists are wary of straying too far from home, both literally and figuratively, Michael has had the pluck to investigate all sorts of music beyond his beloved jazz roots and to base himself in somewhere as improbable and exotic as Doha, Qatar. It is in this region he has based himself for over a decade now.

Michael Pignéguy is a leading composer and performer who has worked extensively within the fields of jazz, orchestral and world music. He balances commissions by orchestras from around the world with his own projects which have seen him perform in the US, Italy, Australia, Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and New Zealand. He also leads World Music act The Awakenings Ensemble.

Michael has worked with with Michel LeGrand (France), Dominick Farinacci (USA), Gabriel Hernandez (Cuba), Ziad Rahbani (Lebanon), Asim Gorashi (Sudan), Anton Davidyansk (Russia), Richard Johnson (USA), Oleg Poyanskiy (The Ukraine), Kate Ceberano (Australia), Israel Varela (Italy), Marques Young(Malaysia), Gregory Generet (USA), The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, The Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and many other world class artists.

Michael's versatility and inventiveness can be seen clearly through the artists and has composed, arranged and performed for & with. These include artists such as Ben Folds (USA), Nayla Al Khaja (UAE), MAias Al Yamani (Syria), Matthew Rybicki (USA), Hassan Moataz (Egypt) and Trilby Temperley (Australia). Michael's orchestral arrangements have been performed by Boston Pops, Nashville, Houston, Philadelphia Chamber, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras (US) as well as all Australian state orchestras. He is also the principal arranger and artistic director of the Jazz Meets Mozart project.



A firm favourite of Perth jazz audiences for over 20 years, Penny King defies musical classification, moving effortlessly between her jazz and contemporary repertoire and adding her own touch to much-loved standards and more. When it comes to Penny’s repertoire expect the unexpected; Duke Ellington followed by Radiohead, Sonny Rollins next to Joni Mitchell, or a Crowded House favourite followed by one of Penny’s original tunes and arrangements, there is something for every music lover. Penny moved on to the national stage in 2013, with her album Journey, recorded with her quintet, which was subsequently shortlisted for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards.

"King is simply an excellent tradition-rooted jazz singer, whose phrasing and scat are jazz elements delivered with rich, pitch-perfect, humanly nuanced ease." - Katie Bull, The New York City Jazz Record, August 2014.

Penny feels privileged to create music with her quintet, made up of some the leading lights in Australian jazz; her quintet’s debut album ‘Journey’ was released in December 2013, and was shortlisted for best Australian jazz vocal album at the 2014 Bell awards. The album features both original compositions, and original arrangements of jazz and contemporary standards.

Known for her engaging stage presence, and a sound ranging from rich swinging tones through to haunting and fragile melodies, expect the unexpected when it comes to repertoire; Radiohead followed by Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins next to Joni Mitchell, and contemporary Australian classics next to original compositions.

A regular at the Ellington Jazz Club, Penny has also has appeared at numerous festivals, including the inaugural Perth International Jazz Festival in 2013, and again in 2015, where she presented her show ‘Both Sides Now: The Music of Joni Mitchell’ with a sextet including musical director Tom O’Halloran.



  • Mike Pigneguy – drums

  • Penny King – vocals

  • Simon Jeans - guitar

  • Tom O'Halloran - keys

  • Karl Florisson - bass