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July 2, 2010


University of Maine at Fort Kent Professor of Music and Education, Scott Brickman, will be the guest composer and moderator of a panel entitled “Musical Thinkism” at this year’s Bar Harbor Music Festival, July 2 to 25.

The festival also will include the premiere performance of a new work written by Brickman for the duo, Basso Moderno; the resident ensemble at this summer’s festival.  Brickman’s work, Bass Harbor, is a composition for bass and piano.  Its performance is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14 at 8:15 p.m.

Brickman’s work is influenced by his two strongest music loves, 12-tone music and alternative rock. All of his classical music uses ordered 12-tone rows, with the overwhelming majority of those rows initial hexachords being derived from the octatonic scale.

Since 1998, Brickman has regularly taught The History of Rock and Roll at the University.  Initially that class was his forum for extolling the virtues of The Beatles.   In recent years, however, it has evolved into an arena for Brickman to proselytize for the alternative band, Weezer.

Basso Moderno promotes the works of living composers from all over the world by educating nontraditional audiences about contemporary music.

In addition to his work at the music festival, Brickman recently wrote a song cycle, Dear Darwin, 26 songs to poems by Kathleen Ellis, a poet who teaches English at the University of Maine.  Portions of the cycle were presented by soprano Nancy Ogle and pianist Ginger Hwalek in Orono last September, and again this January.  Ogle and Hwalek are members of the University of Maine music faculty.  

Brickman’s piano piece, American Idyll, was premiered by Jeri-Mae Astolfi at Clark College in Iowa this past October, and Duo46 premiered Knotty Pines, a work for guitar and violin in North Carolina in March.

Brickman’s works are available on five CDs, including his Symphony #1, which was recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic, Robert Ian Winstin conducting, on ERM’s Masters of the New Millennium, vol. 12.

Brickman has been a member of the UMFK faculty since 1997. After receiving a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was accepted into the graduate program in Music at Brandeis University, where he received his Ph.D.

Brickman’s music has been presented in over half of the fifty United States, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Italy, Russia, and the United Kingdom. 

His work has been performed by ensembles such as the Auros Group, Basso Moderno, DUO46, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Oakwood Chamber Players and the Lydian Quartet.

Brickman records on the New Ariel, Capstone, and  SEAMUS labels.