I am beginning this blog today as my wife Jan Karlin and I prepare to return to Hà Nội, Việt Nam! Southwest’s Ascending Dragon Festival was in 2010 and composer Vũ Nhật Tân was in Los Angeles for a two month residency in 2012.
So it is time to begin the next chapter in this love affair I have with Southeast Asia, meeting new contacts and renewing old friendships. This blog will follow us through the streets of the Old Quarter of Hà Nội (foodies beware!), reunions and adventures. I am sure this trip will shape part of the next LA International New Music Festival!
Confucius was right: the greatest joy is visiting with a friend from afar!
Best, best, best,
Jeff von der Schmidt