Carmen Lundy Presents... Carmen Lundy
So Lundy has been able to attain success in that community. And while some musicians seem to be lamenting the current economic cycle in jazz – that clubs and concert venues may be dwindling a bit – she doesn’t see it that way.
“I can’t talk about the club scene nationwide. In New York, I don’t really have a perspective because I haven’t lived there for many years. I live in Los Angeles. The club scene in Los Angeles reflects familiarity, I would say. In other words, the better known jazz venues will more than likely bring artists who are better known from the jazz community throughout the world into these venues. That’s a certain club scene. Then you have artists and musicians who are out there just putting the music out. I don’t frequent live music as often, as much as I might have at some other point in my career, because I’m too busy out there doing it. But the club scene is thriving and I think the club scene will thrive.”
It’s a wonder she can find time for other interests, with the music business being so demanding. But she has a tour of Europe coming up, including two weeks at Ronnie Scott’s nightclub in London. How does she find time to paint? “The same way I find the time to practice my music. I have no clue as to what I’m doing. I’m self-taught. It’s just part of the process of creative expression. I don’t have to have a band or musicians or an audience I can just do that,” she says with a palpable air of warm modesty. “So it’s a wonderful connection for me. Working with colors and oils and textures, it’s endless. It’s an endless discovery. I never really quite expected to be doing this sort of thing at all. That anyone would like what I do enough want to have it in their own space is something I really appreciate, but never quite thought that would happen.”
As for her music?
“I just hope that this new record gets its point across. It’s a very live record. It’s not cool and easy. There are a couple of quiet tunes, but this is just like WAAAA!! right out of the box. And it ends that way. So I guess there was some kind of urgency in making the record and it just had that in it, you know? That’s just what this is. I don’t know what the next project is yet, but I just hope that this one is something that hangs around for a while.”