Ever since Philip Glass jumped onto the composing scene there’s been a certain sound shared by him and the like. A more organic sound, one that utilizes instruments unfamiliar to modern day orchestral arrangements. For years I’ve wondered if this style of song writing had it’s own category. The French composer Cyril Morin is one of those out of the box thinkers of the same Philip Glass cloth that brings that level of life to his projects. His achievements are like a who’s who of the foreign film making industry. Most containing a grassroots, but undeniable sweeping storylines filled with socially conscious issues and feats of human will.
Cyril Morin was born in Blois (France) in 1962. He began studying music at the age of 6 and attended the National Music Academy. Later on, he picked up classical guitar and discovered rock and blues. During this period he joined different bands and played in gigs and stages around the area, after which he made his first music video and decided to move to Paris.There, he met with artists and producers, for whom he began to arrange songs, jingles, sound library music as well as albums etc… The variety of his work gave him the opportunity to explore different musical genres, but also to learn more about studio recording sessions and producing. He quite naturally recorded his first single, followed soon after by the release of an instrumental album in 1990 titled “Distance”. Further to these accomplishments he returned to more elaborate musical studies. His meeting with Serguei Celibidache encouraged him to write for orchestra. His score for the critically acclaimed “Samsara” (directed by Pan Nalin with Christy Chung), won honors at AFI and fests in Santa Barbara and Melbourne. The soundtrack continues to sell internationally, garnering many dedicated fans, and has made Morin something of a cult composer.
The music of Cyril Morin is vast in it’s method. It holds one to an ancient rock and refuses to let go. Almost verging on the new age his arrangements compliment the work he’s been involved with and remains relevant and awe inspiring for those of us that continue to dream of a better world.