Last night we were invited to a welcoming dinner at the house of Ary Sutedja and Mikhail David. Ibu Ary is on the board of Yayasan Musik Internasional and she and Mikhail are both wonderful patrons of the arts in Jakarta, and artists and performers themselves.
We presented a short program for them and their distinguished guests, and then we retreated to a wonderful Indonesian buffet dinner. Their house is an amazing work of art, with lots of glass and flowing water. It was a very special evening and we felt warmly welcomed to Indonesia.
Today, after hours of studious rehearsing, Tante Linda and Ibu Erni took us Sederhana Masakan Padang, a restaurant that features cuisine from West Sumatra, which is known simply as padang. We were served many small dishes. that included fish, jackfruit, eggplant, cassava leaf, and other various combinations, all with spicy smabal chili sauce. Kat had her first taste of durian juice, and I enjoyed a tasty cup of kopi susu (coffee with condensed milk).
Tonight we are attending a concert given by German pianist-composer (from Freiburg Conservatory -- long time acquaintance of Aryo) Dieter Mack at the Salihara Community concert series. We are looking forward to it!