Japanese St Valentine’s Battle Royale Midnight Steakout

Saturday 25th February, 2012

Menu: 

A very special Japanese Valentine’s sit-down, seven course taster menu for up to 100 people, lovingly prepared by our chef, Miss Nancy Campbell. We can also serve vegetarians/vegans/pescatarians.

1. Edamame served with a Lychee and Lemon Hendrick’s Gin cocktail upon arrival

2. Miso Soup with Silken Tofu

3. Wakame Seaweed and Cucumber Salad

4. Lime and Soya Salmon Ceviche

5. ‘Roll Your Own’ Nigiri Sushi Rolls at the table, served with all the trimmings

6. Flame-grilled Filet of Beef from The Rare Breed Meat Company, cooked on our charcoal BBQ, served seared with a Sesame Mirin Wasabi, accompanied by Daikon Radish Tumbleweeds

7. Matcha Green Tea and Sweet Chestnut Syrup Cake

Followed by Monmouth Coffee, Green Tea and Chocolate Truffles from Artisan du Chocolat

Almost every one of these foods are Japanese Aphrodisiacs and are all but guaranteed to get you in the mood for loving, living and dancing!

The Music:

Jon Hopkins 

Jon Hopkins is a London-based electronic composer, producer and remixer. He makes powerfully emotive, instrumental music that consistently crosses genres, ranging from solo acoustic piano to explosive, bass-heavy electro. A long-term collaborator of Brian Eno, his career has remained unpredictable, taking in collaborations with Wayne MacGregor, King Creosote and David Holmes; remixes for such varied artists as Wild Beasts, Nosaj Thing, James Yorkston and Four Tet; and film scores for directors including Peter Jackson and Gareth Edwards. His hyper-energetic live show has been seen at some of the world’s most iconic venues, including Sydney Opera House with Brian Eno, Madison Square Garden opening for Coldplay, and innumerable clubs, festivals and concert halls the world over. Hopkins, Leo Abrahams and Brian Eno teamed up most recently for Eno’s Warp Records debut, Small Craft On A Milk Sea, an album of fifteen dark and dreamlike instrumentals born out of a two-week period of improvisation. Released in November 2010, the album has already been hailed as one of Eno’s finest collaborations. In 2011, Jon was nominated both for an Ivor Novello (film soundtrack for Monsters) and also a Mercury Music Award (King Creosote collaboration). Jon is currently working on a new solo electronic album, to be released on Domino in 2012.

Having shaken us to our core at the Christmas Midnight Steakout Extravaganza, we are so very pleased to extend him a hearty welcome back. Jon will DJ a super ravey set for all you dancing geeks at our Japanese St Valentine’s Battle Royale Midnight Steakout.

www.dominorecordco.com

https://www.facebook.com/jonhopkinsmusic

Bishi 

The Siren Suite, ‘Britain’s First Classical Nightclub,’ launched in the dawn of the 21stC, by musicians Bishi, Matthew Glamorre & Richard Torry. As well as establishing Nightclub residencies, The Siren Suite DJ’ed for Contemporary Art Spaces & International Festivals supporting the likes of Goldfrapp, Pulp & Cornelius. This official Siren Suite mix includes Eastern & Western orchestral, choral & electronic works, often modified & mutated through electronics, filters, samplers & synths. The result is a magical & Inspirational Soundscape which includes music as diverse as Philip Glass, Ravi Shankar, The Kronos Quartet, Stravinsky, Stockhausen, Bach & Bernstein.

Especially for Japanese St Valentine’s Battle Royale Midnight Steakout, Bishi is reviving The Siren Suite for one night only.

Have a listen and download the Siren Suite mix on Soundcloud here.

2012 sees the release of Bishi’s album, ‘Albion Voice,’  the title track being released as a single, on April 23rd with the album to follow in June. Expect some special gala performances planned around The Olympics.

A performance video taster of Bishi’s new single, Dia Ti Maria can be viewed here.

www.bishi.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bishi/41220161489

Milk Très 

Milk Très is Rupert Clervaux, John Coxon and Simon Hill. Clervaux is producer, composer, writer, musician and high-plains drifter. Having recently disbanded the ethereal Sian Alice Group (once likened to ‘Phillip Glass doing the Cocteau Twins’) for which he was songwriter, drummer and producer, Clervaux has formed a new, soon to be unveiled project. John Coxon is scientist, musician, producer and father. He has been guitarist in Spiritualized, label boss at Treader Records, Free Jazz pusher and now plays with About Group. Hill is singer in Fag Junkie, sometime actor and DJ, successful local business owner, green-thumbed cat lover, master of disguise, international adventurer and party boy extraordinaire. Hill has just returned from a five week stint in Thailand where he held a residency as a Reggae DJ/ rare-animal skins trader and where he saved several kittens from drowning.

The Atmosphere:

Jamie D Winter – Antique Argyrotype Portrait Photography

Jamie D Winter has dabbled in photography since the late eighties, firstly whilst studying art and design, and later in the fields of Archaeological and Forensic Science. Eschewing the trend for digital perfection, Jamie produces work using archaic techniques developed in the first flickers of photographic science, utilising methods such as the Cyanotype, Salt Print, and Kallitype process.

For Midnight Steakout, in the style of the Victorian Geisha portraits, Jamie will be producing portraits of our guests using a combination of Polaroid film and the Argyrotype process; a modern twist on a photographic printing method first patented in 1889. When not dodging semi lethal chemicals in pitch black rooms, Jamie enjoys sunlight and the odd stint DJing.

Matthew Duguid – Set Designer 

Matthew misspent his childhood whilst raised in the County of Kent. School provided a visual and musical background but it was hanging round with local artists; the Medway Stuckists, (who numbered Tracey Emin amongst their ranks) that provided the entertainment. An art school education followed, culminating in a post-graduate course in theatre design at the Almedia theatre. It was a career in film, art direction, theatre and interior design that ensued. Whilst decorating Mario Testino’s apartment in Paris, he was encouraged, (under the guidance of Patrick Kinmonth) to work with Mario’s on his burgeoning career. This ultimately led to working with many other great photographers thus finding the career and discipline in which he feels most comfortable. His approach is broad with a strong respect for the story within the project. Matthew believes that visual storytelling is very powerful […] and it is that which drives his work and passion.

Matthew will be providing the backdrop onto which the JSVBRMSO’s festivities will unfold.

Jason Bacon- Project Audio – Sound Design 

Based in London, Project Audio specialise in the hire and sales of high quality sound systems to the UK and European event industry. With many years of being at the forefront of this industry PA understand the many aspects to performing a professional sound system installation. Project Audio provide audio services for a vast number of applications from very small sound system hires to multi arena size productions.

Project Audio will provide the sound equipment and expertise through which the musical soundscape of the evening will be experienced.

The Organisation – Amanda Grace Johnson- The Silver Jay  

Just in case you were wondering who is crazy enough to put this on and why… Midnight Steakout was born on my roof garden in Wapping a few summers back. At the time, I myself cooked rib-eye steaks on the barbeque from Husseys Butchers for 14 friends and friends of friends. Most people had delicious fun but some asked why I bothered doing it, a question I still ask myself today, now that it has grown into the feeding of the 5000. The only answer I have is that Midnight Steakout is a celebration of the good things in life: food, music, art, culture, people, playing, singing, dancing, laughing, drinking, dressing-up, listening, talking, loving; and that might just be what living is all about. When my life is not consumed by Midnight Steakout, I am writer and singer, student of humanities, english lit and music, and sometime dj. I am currently working on my first novel, attempting to finish my sixth album that I will probably never release, completing my third year at the University of London and frustratingly trying to get my stubborn brain to absorb the fundamentals of musicianship. I’ve been known to sing a few of my songs at the Midnight Steakout. I write a blog chronicling music, words and other mishaps. www.thesilverjay.com