The music of Ludovic-Alexandre Morin is elegant, with a strong feeling for melody and rhythm. Morin is one of the 21st. Century composers whose music is targeted towards a broader audience than some of the elitist contemporary music from the 20th. century. Morin’s music is easy listening but with edge and originality, which takes the music a level beyond the trivial. Moreover, his music has a touch of humour, and most of his compositions are easy to intermediate level technically. All in all – Morin’s work is worth a closer study.
Ludovic-Alexandre Morin was born in Montreal where he still lives. He got his musical education at CEGEP St-Laurent in Montreal, learning jazz guitar. Morin tells me that he learned a lot of harmony and theory stuff during his jazzy time. In that period of his life, he played as a professional musician at the “pop – rock – jazz – blues” scene in the Quebec area. He used to do a lot of live gigs and concerts and even studio work as well. Besides playing the guitar, Morin played the drums – which he still do from time to time. Just for fun, as he says.
That active and demanding stage life took an end when Morin’s son was born in 2004. He stopped performing and concentrated on teaching and composing. Now he primarily works with classical guitar, which he has learned taking private lessons. Ludovic-Alexandre Morin also teach Argentine tango! He is a skilled milonguero. Teaching guitar and dancing are his primary source of income these days.
In 2006 Ludovic-Alexandre Morin published three nice pieces for guitar: Mélancolie, Réminiscence, Nos rêves envolés (Les Productions d’ Oz – DZ 899). Read the review and purchase the publication here…
Morin now has decided to publish his compositions on his website as free sheet music. This is due to some ideological considerations and also because he wants to reach a larger public. He tells me that he gets a lot of response and feedback from his website. Many guitarists have fun playing his compositions. And this is the reason he offers his pieces for free on the website. As Morin says:
“Music should be for everybody – free if possible. I get my income from teaching, which is a really great job. And it is a privilege that I have time and ability to compose alongside the teaching.”
Morin’s wife is often a source of inspiration for his composing. He gets inspiration from his memories and his guitar students as well. Sometimes he composes easy and funny pieces for his pupils. He tells me that he always has had melodies coming naturally to him – they just pop up in his head. When he composed, he improvises around those melodies writing down the ideas. Morin tells that what he communicates through his music, he can’t express in other ways.
Ludovic-Alexandre Morin has a varied taste in music. He likes jazz guitarists like Bill Frisell and Tal Farlow, and a favourite classical guitarist is Ricardo Cobo. Morins also recommend Le Trio Joubran and Django Reinhardt. Franz Liszt: Dernières Pièces pour Piano played by Andrea Bonatta and Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky performed by Academy of St-Martin in the Fields, are often found in his CD player.
I have not yet released a CD, and I’ll probably never do. I’m not so great as an interpreter. Over time, I realized that I’m better as a composer. My wish is that a high-level performer someday will play my music on a CD.
Listen to Calme Esperance.