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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 {{m: Revolutionary Snake Ensemble = 16874}}, 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



Label: Neuma
Released: 2021
Track listing: Transoceanic (7:42)
Transcendantal (7:20)
Translucent (5:30)
Transducer (9:41)
Transgressive (7:39)
Transparent (8:12)



Label: Ravello Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Inside (4:34) Ken Field, Karen Stackpole)

Ice (18:19) Ken Field, Eric Glick Rieman, Karen Stackpole)

Cinders (8:15) Eric Glick Rieman, Karen Stackpole)

Rise (8:01) Ken Field, Eric Glick Rieman)

Recede (15:36) Ken Field, Eric Glick Rieman, Karen Stackpole)


Article: Radio & Podcasts

¡Golpe!, Josephine Davies & Ken Field

Read "¡Golpe!, Josephine Davies & Ken Field" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Threesomes! If that's your thing, go for it, but in jazz there's no doubt of the dominance of trios as a common format. Four outstanding trios highlight this edition of OMJ: Portugal's explorative duo ¡Golpe! adds the outstanding bassist Masa Kamaguchi for its excellent new release, Totem, while two others maintain what's working: Bill Frisell with ...


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


I Want That Sound!

Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2016
Track listing: Slippery When Wet; Discoveries; Higgins Hollow; Nature; I Want That Sound!; Just Walk Closer; Roohane; John's Jailhouse Blues


Live Snakes

Label: Accurate Records
Released: 2014


Live Snakes

Label: Accurate Records
Released: 2014


Article: Album Review

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: Album Review

Ken Field: Sensorium: Music for Dance & Film

Read "Sensorium: Music for Dance & Film" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

C'è molta espressività, molta consapevolezza, molta anima, in questa musica dolente che sarà certamente utile al saxofonista e multistrumentista americano Ken Field per elaborare il lutto per la scomparsa della moglie Karen Aqua, dopo dieci anni di lotta contro il cancro. Karen era una animatrice che si applicava al cinema e alla televisione (per esempio producendo ...


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