Morgan Sorne is a multi-disciplinary, award-winning prolific visual artist, musician, actor and filmmaker, boasting an unparalleled vocal range with perfect pitch. He brings listeners to tears with his hypnotic angelic falsetto, and has churned crowds into a writhing frenzy with his bone-rattling dynamicism and range.
Sorne has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50 finds at South By Southwest in 2015 and Art in America for the 2009 Texas Biennial. He has performed and shown his work at some of the most prestigious venues in America and Europe, winning over the hearts and minds of audiences at Art Basel Miami, Irving Plaza in New York and the legendary Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco.
A Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer in the making, SORNE’s meteoric success has truly made him one to watch. He is destined for the world stage.
At the age of twenty-three, and within the first six months of relocating to Austin, he was one of the youngest emerging artists to represent contemporary art in Texas, chosen by Art in America for the Texas Biennial. He was one of sixty-three selected artists, beating out thousands of submissions by mid-career and veteran artists.
Having performed on the stage since the age of three, Morgan has passionately pursued his career at all levels, earning a BFA in studio art, and has achieved the critical acclaim of noteworthy musicians and creative titans of the performing arts. To date, he has received Avant Garde Artist of the Year by the Austin Music Awards, successfully funded and fulfilled a Kickstarter for his epic, six-album opera, House of Stone and was invited to perform at Art Basel in Miami.
In addition to his impressive live performances, SORNE has produced, directed, written and starred in multiple short films, including the critically acclaimed, “Children of the Black Mountain” which he filmed with a small crew in the deserts of West Texas.
2007 "Time for Change" - 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2007 Red Door Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2006 Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
“In the 45 years I have lived in LA, it’s the best thing I have ever seen.”
-Jay Levine, Founder of LA Weekly
"It's as if Freddie Mercury, David Byrne, an early David Bowie, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Cure's Robert Smith had gotten together and had a baby. He (Morgan Sorne) is an enigma, chanting like an ancient tribesman, stomping like he's dancing for rain, and whirling like a helicopter, while his voice scales the ranges of the mesmerizing and hypnotic, to almost unnaturally Edith Piaf high notes."
-Stephen Macmillan Moser of Austin Chronicle
“Nonconformist in nature, brilliant in execution. This is absolutely phenomenal in every sense of the word. Music cannot get more unique and authentic as this.”
House of Stone is a five-part episodic avant garde opera composed and recorded between 2006-2016. The work tells the story of five siblings struggling to survive in the wake of their father’s untimely death. SORNE wrote over eighty songs using his five octave vocal range, make-shift percussion using objects such as stretched canvases, flapping dog ears, pots, pans, droning sounds of printers and kazoos as percussive and melodic elements in the work. The debut record, House of Stone serves as the overture to the opera with five volumes of music providing the narrative content, all told from the perspective of the five brothers and sisters. In conjunction with the music, SORNE created hundreds of art works, designed and built stage sets and costumes and toured internationally working with a host of dancers who brought the story to life.
Through nuanced vocal layering and frenetic scrawled pictographs, SORNE investigates the relationships of language, line and sound in the form of what he calls, “Song Drawings”.
Using a vocal range spanning five octaves, SORNE builds ethereal, primal sonic compositions while drawing in a stream-of-consciousness fashion, pulling from the surrounding environments and atmospheres where the performances take place.
In spirit, the work is a meditation on the germination of new language and the process by which this new language is created. In addition the work also serves as a meditation on the idea of ritual and what ritual is for the current culture.
Drawing inspiration from the Veve drawings by Vodun priestesses and priests specifically found in Haiti, namely due to the nature of how the Vodun faith draws from many different spiritual and mystic traditions, SORNE creates the song drawings while pulling from a present tense state. The performances range in length from a few minutes to a few weeks depending on the size and scope of the song drawing.