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UMFK professor has composition premiered at VoxNovus concert in Brooklyn, New York

May 7, 2004


Scott Brickman, associate professor of music at the University of Maine at Fort Kent had his composition Signature: Peace played at four performances of a Vox Novus concert entitled "60 x 60" on April 28, 29, 30 and May 2 at the One Red Arm in Brooklyn, New York.

"60 x 60" is a concert designed of 60 works by 60 composers, 60 seconds or less in length in order to create a continuous one hour-long concert.

The sixty recorded pieces, also referred to as "signature works", will be performed in conjunction with multimedia and an analog clock marking the passage of time. Each piece started at the beginning of each minute and ended 60 seconds later to the beginning of another. Works less than 60 seconds were padded with time before or after the work.

The goal of this project was to include many composers to represent a cross-section of contemporary music, representing many different styles and aesthetics as well as to produce concerts in as many venues throughout the world as possible, exposing audiences to the variety of today's music composition.

The concert featured the works of Brickman and fifty-nine additional composers including Hiromi Abe, Aaron Acosta, Norman Adams, John Allemeier, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Nery Pedro Bauer Junior, Vladimir Beluntsov, Charles Berry, George Brunner, David Campbell, Elliott Carlson, David Claman, Andy Cohen, Douglas Cohen, Noah Creshevsky, Stephen Decesare, Derek Devore, Michael Edgerton, Daniel Eichenbaum, Mikado Endo, Elaine Fine, Wesley Fuller, Matias Giuliani, Gerado Perez Giusti, and Gordon Green.

Also featured were David Hahn, James Hegarty, Norbert Herber, David Evan Jones, Michael Kinney, Mary Jane Leach, Stan Link, Tom Lopez, Eric Lyon, Eugene Marlow, David Mooney, Samy Moussa, Marco Oppedisano, Terry Winter Owens, Maggi Payne, Mark Petering, Gene Pritsker, Aaron Rogier, James Romig, Josh Ronsen, Marianna Rosett, Philip Schuessler, Coa Schwab, Eric Schwartz, Andrew Shapiro, Judith Shatin, Juan Solare, Allen Strange, Benjamin Thigpen, Eldad Tsabary, Michael Vernusky, John Villec, Christopher Ward, and Dwight Winenger.

"Much lamentation occurs, but occasionally some proactive person turns the lamentation into action, and works to create a space of the virtual Judson, where community will happen, ideas will flourish, art will live and be within affordable reach of the creative folks who come to it. One Arm Red aims to be such a spot. Founded by Adam Adams it is dedicated to getting 'up on the red'," said Karinne Keithley of

"Vox Novus offers the presentation of serious works by established and emerging composers," said John de Clef Pineiro of New Music Connoisseur. "Those voices should be heard, and they can even be reheard on the Vox Novus website at that generously offers complete audio recordings and even full scores of works presented by Vox Novus at its concerts."

Signature: Peace was also premiered at the University of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania in March and at the "New Music Days" festival at the Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey in April.

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.