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Ken Field

Instrument: Saxophone, alto | Location: Boston

Something quite original in the world of jazz and beyond.
—Kory Cook, KUT Radio, Austin, TX

Updated: October 19, 2018

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, and performs with the community-based Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band. Since 2015 he has annually led a pick-up band of unafiliated musicians at the HONK!Oz Festival in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. His solo releases document his work for layered saxophones and his soundtracks for dance and film. Field was named a 2017 Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Field has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, & Japan, and has been awarded residency fellowship grants at the MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire),the Ucross Foundation (Wyoming), the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), the MacNamara Foundation (Maine), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida). His musical projects have been featured in The New York Times, Saxophone Journal, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Tower Pulse, Billboard, Cadence, The Wire, The Orlando Sentinel, The New Yorker, and many other publications. Field has performed for President Bill Clinton, with former J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf, and with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra.

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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

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto

Location

Boston

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

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.

Clinic/Workshop Information

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.

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Recordings

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Dec24Mon
16:00
Julie Dougherty & Friends
Hawthorne Hotel
Salem, MA
Feb19Tue
19:30
Ken Field, Eric Glick Rieman, Karen Stackpole
Tom's Place
Berkeley, CA
Mar5Tue
19:30
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
The Regattabar
Cambridge, MA
Mar9Sat
20:00
Bittersweet Band
Cultural Center Of Cape Cod
South Yarmouth, MA
Mar22Fri
20:00
Ken Field Alto Sax 4tet + Drums
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Boston, MA
$25