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UMFK professor has compositions performed at concerts

November 5, 2004


Scott Brickman, associate professor of music at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will receive premiere and repeat presentations of his electroacoustic composition On est la pour Rester.

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 is 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 title translates as 'we are here to stay', and was adopted by the UMFK campus/community in response to the proposal by the University of Maine System, conducted without input from either the public, students, staff, faculty or administrators of the University of Maine system campuses," said Brickman.

"The piece was written in celebration of the success of the first Vox Novus' 60 X 60 project and the perseverance of those who voiced their support for higher education", added Brickman. Vox Novus offers the presentation of serious works by established and emerging composers.

Brickman's piece On est la pour Rester was presented at Under St. Marks in New York City on November 7, at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama on November 9, at The Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, and Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, California.

Brickman will also be attending the Society of Composers (SCI) Region IV Conference where his electroacoustic composition International Bridge: Peace is being presented on November 12 at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The conference is being hosted by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, department of music at Winthrop.

The three-day conference will feature juried concerts of recent music by SCI member composers, juried paper sessions, and an SCI member's banquet.

The 2004 conference will be held in conjunction with Alternative Impulse III, an annual event dedicated to the promotion, understanding, and dissemination of electroacoustic music.

Alternative Impulse will honor Dr. Hubert Howe of Queens College as this year's commissioned composer.

International Bridge: Peace was written both for the 2004 Spring in Havana Festival and in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

"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, of the MIDI and sampled sounds and diverse inhabitants coexist cooperatively as in the multilingual recitations of a peace poem from the Old Testament in the piece."

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 instrumental and electronic compositions have been performed in major cities throughout the United States as well as in Brazil, Canada, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Portugal, Romania, 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.