Hey everyone! My name is Javen Lara, and I am a musician. I got into a music school when I was little, and we all had to pick an instrument. I picked the violin. Seven years later, my violin teacher asked me if I would like to play the viola. It took me a whole summer to decide, for this switch would completely change my life. I decided to take the offer, and my life changed for the better. I've played the viola for three years now, and I’m still loving it!
Carnegie Hall: Where is your favorite place to go?
Javen: I live in New York City, the Big Apple, and it is home. I love it. Here are my three favorite things about NYC: First, there are such different neighborhoods, yet it is one big community. Second, there is so much culture everywhere. And third, I love how Manhattan is surrounded by water. On every side, I can see the beauty of the water, especially at sunrise or sunset (haha, Fiddler on the Roof). My favorite place to go is the West Village because it has everything.
Carnegie Hall: What are three things you love about music?
Javen: I would say the rush of feeling you get when you hear it. That's the first thing. The second is how universal music is. You don't have to know the language it is written in to enjoy it. The third thing is how it connects people and how it defines us. I listen to Metal and Metalcore and people know it: not because I play the instrument most used in that genre, but because the music has influenced my lingo and how I act!
Carnegie Hall: What do you love about music?
Javen: Music has been my life since I was little. I have been studying at a musical institute for 10 years, and it is hard to even think of my life and how it would be without music. The things I love most about music are that each player has their own style and not everyone has to play by the book, there are different genres (I don't know what I would do if all music were the same), and how music is a a whole culture, and it is wonderful.
Carnegie Hall: What are you listening to on your iPod right now?
Javen: Everything from samba to heavy metal to classical to R&B. I could go on and on and on and on...
Carnegie Hall: What is the story of your instruments? Do they have a name?
Javen: My instruments are dear to me. I've been singing since I was born, and I've always enjoyed it. My viola’s name is Leo, and he is my world. My sweet, precious, viola. A friend of the family gave Leo to me just to keep for a bit. He then let me have Leo. I know, not much of a story but he is still my darling Leo. My violin's name was Erin. I forgot her story. She just—how should I say it—came to me. My electric guitar's name, well, I just recently got him, and I'm starting to play a bit, but his name is Lloyd. Nice and deep. And last, but definitely not least, my piano. My relatives, since I was born, have still not picked a name for our piano, but it is an old, kind of out of tune, dusty, but great piano.
Carnegie Hall: What is your motto? Your favorite quote?
Javen: Let's see... my motto is... “You'll be fine.” I usually say it when someone complains about doing something. It sounds harsh, but it works, and everything turns out fine. My favorite quote is, “I don't suffer from sanity; I enjoy every minute of it.” I love this quote because, to me, it means that you should enjoy every minute of life. The good, the bad, the weird, the awesome.
Carnegie Hall: Do you perform on stage?
Javen: I play in an ensemble called Face the Music. I've been in it for three years and it's awesome. We go around NYC a lot to play at clubs and things. We only play contemporary classical music. We get to meet some of the composers too. It is so totally awesome.