Born: January 26
Ken Field is a saxophonist, flautist, percussionist, and composer. Since 1988 he has been a member of the internationally acclaimed electrified modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, with whom he has recorded eight CDs.
Field leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a experimental and improvisational brass band. Year of the Snake, the group's 2003 debut, was included on best- of-year lists from WNYC Radio (New York), the Gambit Weekly (New Orleans), and Radio Popolare (Milan, Italy). 2008's Forked Tongue spent 2 months on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart. The New Yorker selected the Forked Tongue NYC CD release performance as its nightlife pick of the week. The group has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Puffin Cultural Forum, Berklee Performance Center, and numerous other venues, and has been nominated for two Boston Music Awards and several Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll awards.
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Something quite original in the world of jazz and beyond. —-
Kory Cook, KUT Radio, Austin, TX
The music is what counts, and Forked Tongue demonstrates
why the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble matters.
Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Experienced and patient teacher with national & international performance
credentials; private half-hour lessons in West Concord; Monday
afternoon/evening; all levels; contact for references & details.
1. "Improvisation for Non-Improvisors"
2. "Soundtrack Design for Animation"
3. "Brass Bands from Bourbon Street to Sesame Street"
4. "Technology as a Tool"
Presentation, residency, and workshop experience includes Wellesley College
(MA), Alfred University (NY), Western New Mexico University, Sheridan College
(WY), the Artists' Association of Nantucket (MA), Applewild School (MA),
Camden-Rockport High School/YouthArts (ME), New Mexico Military Institute,
the Carolina Film Festival (NC), Emory University (GA), the University of North
Carolina, Hilo & Waiakea High Schools (HI), Dartmouth College (NH), the
Massachusetts College of Art (MA), Lebanon Valley College (PA), the Boston
Museum of Science (MA), the Creative Music Orchestra (New Haven, CT), the
Fitchburg (MA) Art Museum, and, with Delfeayo Marsalis, the Nunez
Correctional Learning Center (Port Sulpher, LA).
The Saxophone Journal featured a Masterclass CD by Field based on the
layered saxophone improvisations from his first solo CD Subterranea.