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UMFK professor has his composition performed at University of Southern Mississippi and Denison University

February 27, 2004


Scott Brickman, associate professor of music at the University of Maine at Fort Kent had his composition International: Bridge: Peace (2003) for computer processed sounds premiered at the University of Mississippi on February 20 at the meeting of the Southern Regional Chapter of the College Music Society.

The second performance will take place on Friday, February 27 at the inaugural Denison University New Music Festival in Granville, Ohio.

The ten minute composition was written both for the 2004 Spring in Havana Festival and in celebration of the 125th anniversary celebration of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

"Fort Kent is on the United States -Canadian border, and is separated by a bridge from Clair, New Brunswick, Canada," said Brickman. "I wanted this composition to be a symbolic reflection of my community-one in which borders and boundaries are blurred, as in the spoken and sung text, the MIDI and sampled sounds. Diverse inhabitants coexist cooperatively as in the multilingual recitations of a peace poem from the Old Testament."

"I am particularly proud of this composition in part because I was able to use the talents of both UMFK students and community members to help me realize this piece," said Brickman.

Fort Kent Community High School student Samantha Boutot of Fort Kent is the vocalist, singing in French, a setting of a folk poem about loggers Brickman found in an anthology of Maine literature.

A UMFK 2003 graduate, Meriem Ghziel of Marakesh, Morrocco, recorded the Biblical test in Arabic.

Current students at UMFK, Maria Monti of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Priyanka Pisharoti of Ahmedabad Gurarat, India, recorded the same text in Spanish and Hindi. Brickman's wife Erica Nadelhaft can be heard reciting the text in Hebrew.

Among Brickman's other compositions are Signature: Peace (2003), Snowball (2003) for violin, guitar, and piano which premiered in June by the Strung Out Trio at the campus of Eastern Mediterranean University in Gazimagusa (Famagusta) in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and Vacationland, which had been featured in three performances during 2002, in Southampton, United Kingdom in September, at the Northern Arizona University in October and in November at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.

Brickman also composed Sketches of Maine in 1999, which has been recorded by pianist Jeffrey Jacob and available on New Ariel AE 005 CD.

Brickman who was born in Oak Park, Illinois holds a B.M. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Brandeis University. His music has been performed in major cities throughout the United States as well as in Brazil, Canada, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.

Brickman teaches music theory and history at UMFK, is the co-chair of the New England Region of the Society of Composers, Inc. and is also treasurer of the Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society.

He has taught at the Chautauqua Institution, as well as having served as a reader for the High School Advanced Placement Music Exam.