We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Sorne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“He who has a why to live can bear any how.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
Early on in my career, I found this quote while doing the introspective work of asking the hard questions of, “Why do I NEED to create art? Why do I NEED to compose music?”
Finding this quote by Nietzsche came at such a fortuitous moment in my life, for it affirmed the process by which I was practicing to create compelling art that served the need to take responsibility for my own mental, emotional, physical and spiritual healing.
Virtually all of my art, be it music, performance, or visual pieces, has been the byproduct of a life-long dedication to processing my internal landscape of life experiences.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a composer, performer and multimedia artist with a five-octave vocal range. I have used my voice as the central instrument in a six-part one man opera which I wrote over the course of ten years called, “House of Stone.”
The work has been presented in art galleries, music venues performance art centers and festivals across the globe and has featured a host of collaborators spanning the spectrum of the arts from dance to music.
The breadth of my work has been driven by narrative. Early on, I made the intuitive decision that my artistry would serve as a tool for caring for my own mental health. The stories that have inspired the creative expression pull from the interpersonal relationships of family and ancestry.
I have utilized symbol, metaphor and archetype to address the ideas of race, gender, spirit, heaven and earth in my own process.
Early on, I had wanted to create work that was open-source in nature. In other words, work that would invite others to contribute to world-building stories I was creating.
House of Stone held a lot of ambiguity, and thus, fans would come to my performances with entire backstories written for the characters but through the lens of their (the fans’) own life experience.
Nothing in my career came without blood, sweat and tears. I feel very proud to have toured the world and collaborated with my heroes without any label support and by my own merit. That being said, I owe much to the dozens of creatives who have given of their time and energy to help realize these artistic visions with me over the years.
A big part of the open-source ideology supports the idea that we are all members of a living being. Finding my purpose, and helping others find theirs has been the most rewarding part of my journey thus far.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many hidden gems in Los Angeles, like The Museum of Jurassic Technology, which was a place I would take friends who were passing through.
Hikes in Topanga Canyon never disappoint either.
I lived in a loft downtown for a while, and being near Little Tokyo was a fun time for me when I was hosting friends.
Soho House in Malibu is a nice place to be on the water, and a drive up the PCH is always a nice time. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank my mentor and friend, Jim Roche for the guidance, love, support and unfiltered feedback he has provided over the last fifteen years of my career. He is an iconic artist who hailed from Tallahassee, Florida where I also was born and raised. I met him as a student in the Fine Arts Department at Florida State. His wild and uninhibited force-of-nature approach to communicating through visual, audio and performance media inspired and affirmed me at a time when I was beginning to find my footing as an artist.
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