Lauren Sevian: Big Voice on the Big Horn
Another important association, she says, is the Buffet-Crampon sax company, which she endorses. The company sends her and others around to various conferences and clinics. She plays when she can with two of those fellow endorsers, Jacob Yoffee and Russell Kirk, and they are trying to get a steady band going, she says. Of course, she underscores the importance of the support and kinship of her husband, personally and professionally. "He's given me so much inspiration and encouragement over the years."
The Buffet Sax Trio, from left:
Jacob Yoffee, Lauren Sevian, Russell Kirk
Acknowledging the struggles inherent in today's music industry, Sevian takes a positive approach. "Unfortunately, it feels like every day, gigs are fewer and fewer. I try not to dwell on that too much. I try to be more concerned on what can I do to make it better, and try and put energy out theretry to get the ball rolling. At a certain point, the more energy you put out, something will strike. I want to get that impetus to improve things."
She has not only talent, but resolve. "Most jazz musicians are constantly trying to evolve and improve ourselves. It keeps you young in a certain respect. There are definitely issues as far as work drying up and budgets being tighter and not being able to pay as much. The other side of things, every time I look there's a festival here, a festival there. There are things out there." Her saxophone company provides "a whole other avenue of possibilities. ... On top of that, you think about how many colleges there are. Certain colleges allow for an arts budget. There's so much potential out there. It's just about tapping into it."
"Overall, I try to stay positive," she states. She's pushing small-group things, gets called for big band gigs and has the Mingus organization. "A little bit of this, a little bit of that. It's not easy at all, but when things come together it's a tremendous amount of fun." It should be fun hearing more from this gifted artist. She's got a lot more worthy things to say in the coming years.
Mingus Big Band, Live at the Jazz Standard (Jazz Workshop Inc./Jazz Standard, 2010)
Lauren Sevian, Blueprint (Inner Circle, 2008)
Lucy Woodward, Lucy Woodward is Hot & Bothered (I Love Desi Music, 2008)
Joan Osbourne, Breakfast in Bed (Time Life, 2007)
Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Enjoy! (Koch, 2007)
Ada Rovatti & the Elephunk Band, For Rent (Apria, 2003)
Liz Winick, Sunlights Path (Self Produced, 2001)