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NEWS: RECORDING

Ken Field's Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Releases "I Want That Sound!"

Ken Field's Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Releases "I Want That Sound!"

The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (RSE) has been developing and cultivating a distinct sound critics and audiences alike hail for invigorating an illustrious musical heritage with fresh ideas, wit, and spunk while in the process attracting new and younger audiences to the music. In fact, RSE has been at the forefront of the jazz renaissance The Guardian ...

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Dressed a la Mardi Gras in feathered masks and multi-colored, sequined costumes, playing music that riotously combines the rhythms of New Orleans brass bands with improvisation and heaping undercurrents of funk, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble inhabits that rare musical planet on which Sun Ra, James Brown, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and a myriad of New Orleans marching bands jointly reside. Based physically in Boston since forming in 1990, the horn and percussion-based group is led by saxophonist/composer Ken Field, who describes it as "a funk and street beat brass band, playing New Orleans and other modern improvised celebratory styles." The Snake's music is rooted in the New Orleans tradition of jazz funerals - a tradition unique to the birthplace of jazz - which began with a 'first line' procession to the burial ground, a brass band playing hymns in a funeral dirge

MUSICIAN Born:

Ken Field

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

NEWS: RECORDING

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble's "Live Snakes" To Be Released By Accurate Records March 11

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble's "Live Snakes" To Be Released By Accurate Records March 11

Boston-based saxophonist/composer Ken Field has drawn deeply from the wellspring of the New Orleans brass band tradition since forming his Revolutionary Snake Ensemble in 1990. Using the boisterous rhythms of that tradition as a launching pad for unbridled improvisations on both original and traditional material, the band has emerged as a singular force in the music. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Agachiko: Agachiko: Yes!

Read "Agachiko: Yes!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Agachiko is a band led by Boston-based vocalist Gabrielle Agachiko, bringing together an impressive array of musicians that includes saxophonist Russ Gershon of the Either/Orchestra, and Ken Field of the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, both distilling their amply-endowed playing down to a bare essence where all that remains is the music to support an exceptional voice and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ken Field & The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: The Musical Road Less Taken

Read "Ken Field & The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: The Musical Road Less Taken" reviewed by Tod Smith

Saxophonist/composer Ken Field describes the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble as a “funk and street beat brass band playing New Orleans and other modern improvised celebratory styles." Playing original compositions and those of artists as diverse as Billy Idol and Ornette Coleman, the RSE was formed in 1990 to entertain a at a pagan women's ritual celebration. The ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble in Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Worldwide!

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble in Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Worldwide!

It's a difficult time, and doubly so for small independent record companies like our Maryland-based label Cuneiform Records. Not only are sales down due to the economy--CD burning and illegal free download sites are cutting significantly into the market. You can support dedicated and creative independent music businesses by buying a CD or two, and of ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Publisher's Top Picks for 2008

Read "Publisher's Top Picks for 2008" reviewed by Michael Ricci

It was another productive year for “Team AAJ" as we delivered some new features and upgraded several others across the website. We also beefed up our editorial staff to better manage the increasing number of contributors. The programming staff (Mike Lorenz and myself) continued to build on our foundation that has firmly established AAJ as the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Forked Tongue

Read "Forked Tongue" reviewed by Joel Roberts

What do Billy Idol, Ornette Coleman and Doris Day have in common? One thing at least: They’re all fodder for the creative madness of the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (RSE), the wildly eclectic, uproariously entertaining Boston-based group that offers a post-modern, Sun Ra-meets-Mardi Gras twist (down to their outrageous costumes) on the New Orleans brass band tradition. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Forked Tongue

Read "Forked Tongue" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il Revolutionary Snake Ensemble di Ken Field conferma con questo eccitante Forked Tongue la buonissima impressione che ci aveva lasciato col disco di esordio Year of the Snake (uscito per Innova nel 2003). La trama di fondo è sempre quella delle marching band di New Orleans ma gli sviluppi dell’azione ci portano inesorabilmente ben oltre i giorni nostri, in ...