In a restless world, we all need more peace. We need to escape from our daily worries and slip into a world where there is nothing but space and our sense of wonder. The avant-garde artist, Sorne does this for us in style and with deep serenity in mind. A vocalist with a several octave range, Sorne commits himself fully to each performance by digging deep into his soul and unleashing it for all of us to engage. With so many imitations and people copying other artists in the same genre, one wonders sometimes where the original artists are. In this day and age, we are constantly inundated with artists that will take from other artists and claim it to be their own by simply using the samples they’ve found. In this case, you will find an original in Sorne. He has a way of bringing you in to the music he creates in a way that allows you to release the stresses of the world and let go of who you thought you were. Sorne’s music in unparalleled if you are looking to drop your ego and find your inner soul’s voice. Sorne’s voice will transport you to new lands within yourself and allow you to embrace the many dimensions that already exist within you, if you let it.
In our interview, you will find Sorne to be very direct to the point and candid in his answers. This is how he approaches everything he tackles. Sorne takes note of what is required and looks to make the very best of it by doing his best at doing it. He takes pride in his art from and loves serving audiences with the new sounds and ideas that he comes up with. As a composer, Sorne is constantly writing new material and pushing the boundaries in each composition. In this, any composer can take note of his constant effort. Throughout Sorne’s career you will find a very fluid development of an artist that is consumed with developing new ideas that spark the imaging in the listener. As a result, anyone that embarks on the journey within, guided by Sorne’s music, you will find that you will be guided to areas of your mind that you didn’t know existed. This is, of course, if you dare to take that journey with Sorne.
SPM: When and why did you start singing?
Sorne: I started singing and making rhythms when I was two years old. I grew up with parents who were vocalists and performers. My mother was studying voice as her major during the pursuit of her master’s degree at Florida State University School of Music. At that age I remember accompanying her to her voice lessons and her instructor told her that I had perfect pitch. Music has been an instinct for me, more of a compulsion than an interest or passion.
SPM: Do you play any instruments to?
Sorne: I learn by ear and have taught myself to play strings, guitar, bass, harp, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.
SPM: What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Sorne: I remember learning this beautiful song entitled Summer Snow on piano by Keith Greene. Taught myself to play it in the ballroom of a theater when I was nine or so.
SPM: So is your family musical at all?
Sorne: Yes we all sing together, play multiple instruments and write together. When I still lived in Florida, i would make the siblings sing the harmonies I would write for my music so that I could hear how they sounded together. We are a close family.
SPM: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Sorne: A few that come to mind are Arvo Pärt, Klaus Nomi, Steven Reich, Trent Reznor and Geinoh Yamashirogumi. Each of these artists have pursued their signature sound, taken risks and developed music that challenges the mind and soul to listen, even think critically, or be silent.
SPM: Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Sorne: My mentor and friend Jim Roche validated my ability to not hold back, to take risks as an artist.
SPM: Who was your first teacher?
Sorne: In the arts, I had an advisor, Phyllis Strauss who would give me great confidence and feedback as I developed my work. She was a sculptor having received her BFA and MFA later in life after a career as an attorney. I loved visiting her house- she had life size metal horses, people and other animals including a two-story giraffe that she made using a gas welder. Truly an amazing woman and friend.
SPM: Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
Sorne: First instrument was drums/percussion. It came naturally to me, as did piano. Most early song writing involved these two elements.
SPM: What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Sorne: My mother helped me produce a unique concert in 2007 right before I left Tallahassee Florida where I grew up. My vision was a show that fused art music and food. We held a silent auction for artwork contributed by well-known local artists, had a potluck style dinner for ticket holders and I performed with a small choir. We rented a veterans hall and had a line around the corner. Sold-out show. A great night.
Another was my first performance in San Francisco. I did three back to back performances at an artist colony in the Lower Haight area. The end of the night I had an amazing song along teaching everyone harmonies to my songs and we all sang together until the sun came up.
SPM: Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Sorne: Yes. Anthology of American Folk Music, Lightnin Hopkins, muddy waters things like this
SPM: Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
Sorne: See number 6. Ecophony Rinne by Geinoh Y. is on of my favorite records
SPM: Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?
Sorne: Was selected as one of 63 artists selected by art in America to represent contemporary art in Texas, 2009. Also won avant garde artist of the year in the Austin Music Awards
SPM: Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
Sorne: Yes everything from house concerts to big shows with dancers and choirs to chapels on islands and also score music for tv film and games
SPM: How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Sorne: I embrace them and roll with whatever happens.
SPM: Do you get nervous before a performance?
SPM: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Sorne: Push through. Breath deep, slow down and don’t hold back
SPM: Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
Sorne: I do everything in a single take and offer multiple different takes
SPM: How often and for how long do you practice?
Sorne: Practice for me is constantly singing, writing and performing
SPM: What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
Sorne: I simply write new music constantly.
SPM: Do you teach music?
Sorne: Yes I offer voice workshops during my tours around the dates and cities where I am performing
SPM: How do you balance your music with other obligations?
Sorne: I have integrated music and art into my life – it is my job and my partner Corinne travels with me in support of this life. We love every minute of it.
As you can see, Sorne is a multi-dimensional person that dives into his music with everything he has. He allows life to help guide his inspiration and shape the way he sees the world. As a result, Sorne gives us the change to change our lives from the inside, by way of the sounds he produces.
Sometimes life can present itself in a way that is complicated and misunderstood. We find ourselves under stress and in complex situations that might not make sense the moment. We might seem like we are being tossed around, bouncing from one situation to another. But, sometimes we stumble on an artist like Sorne who allows us to take the journey with him that takes us away from these situations. These artists are the rare because of the intentions of the artists. With Sorne, we find that his intentions are solid with compassion and kindness. As listeners we benefit and are enabled to then spread compassion to others in our path. Sorne’s music comes at a time in history when we need to be taken from our daily experiences and transported into a world that allows us to think differently. It seems as though we are constantly put in our boxes; our categories. We are constantly made to see ourselves in specific ways that dictate our actions. But, when artists like Sorne come along, they challenge us. They ask us question of ourselves that we normally would ask. They keep us guessing and looking for new boundaries, as we find the boundaries we thought were solid are actually flexibly and volatile. Sorne is a cornerstone artist, looking to challenge every aspect of who you are. So, out of respect, let’s allow Sorne take us to the new lands within ourselves.
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