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UMFK professor will have composition premiered at VoxNovus concert in Manhattan, New York

October 24, 2003

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Scott Brickman, associate professor of music at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will have his composition Signature: Peace (2003) premiered at a Vox Novus concert at the Under St. Marks Theater in Manhattan, New York on Sunday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Vox Novus invited composers to submit "signature" works sixty seconds in length. Sixty pieces, from over two hundred submissions, were selected to be performed continuously in a one-hour concert, in conjunction with multimedia elements and an analog clock marking the passage of time.

The event is being held in conjunction with November designated as ElectroAcoustic Music Month, a global event designed to promote and further the cause of electroacoustic music, promoted by SEAMUS, the Society for ElectroAcoustic Music U.S.

The mission of Vox Novus is to promote contemporary composers, their music, their scores and their ideas. Vox Novus' goal is to distribute music by sponsoring concerts, thereby creating a community in which contemporary music is accessible.

"The Internet is the new frontier for the contemporary composer," said Brickman. "The ability to connect a single individual to billions around the world is among the greatest inventions to come to the human race."

The Vox Novus allies itself with other organizations to hold many concerts in different regions all over the world.

"Signature: Peace, was inspired by my memories of a world less involved in terrorism and war. Given the opportunity to "say something" in a minute or less, I say PEACE," said Brickman.

"It was composed using Sine waves, Midi files, and the word "peace" in Arabic and Hebrew, transformed with audio editing software."

Among Brickman's other compositions are 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.