The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a presentation entitled “Mūzikas Saknes – Musical Roots” by UMFK Professor of Music and Education Dr. Scott Brickman on Thursday, February 1st at 6 p.m. at the Acadian Archives. The presentation is free and open to the public.

During UMFK’s academic year 2022-2023, Dr. Brickman was on sabbatical – documenting, researching, and participating in Latvian musical culture.

Come and listen to Dr. Brickman share his experiences in Latvia during his sabbatical. He will, in his characteristic idiosyncratic and informal way, sing Latvian songs, talk about his Latvian ancestry, and transmit all that he can about the vibrant musical and cultural life of this wonderful country.

“From the beginning, the Acadian Archives has been a site of cultural education and cultural encounters,” explains Archives director Patrick Lacroix. “With Scott’s presentation, we will be invited to learn about a small community half a world away and reflect on our own.”

For more information, please contact Acadian Archives Director Patrick Lacroix at (207) 834-7536.

The little-known country of Latvia, formerly part of the U.S.S.R. and along with Estonia and Lithuania, one of the three Baltic States, is roughly the size of West Virginia and has slightly less than 2 million people. Latvia has an incredibly rich and varied musical culture.