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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

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Article: Radio

Kari Ikonen, Matt Piet, Alberto Pinton & Some New Year's Eve Dancin’

Read "Kari Ikonen, Matt Piet,  Alberto Pinton & Some New Year's Eve Dancin’" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Faced with a New Year's Eve show, this one was extended by two hours, and the last three veered off into dancin' territory. There were some new releases sampled though. In hour one, Finnish pianist Kari Ikonen displays his considerable talents and his “maqiano" for playing Arabic half-tones, on his solo excursion Impressions, Improvisations & Compositions, ...

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Featuring the music of Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Duration: 4:00

Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Boston's costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performs a unique blend of original and traditional New Orleans brass band music.
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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 ...

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Ken Field

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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

Album

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

Album

Live Snakes

Label: Accurate Records
Released: 2014

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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. ...

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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 ...

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Article: Interview

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 ...


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