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Ken Field

Cambridge, MA         

Ken Field is a composer and saxophonist.  Since 1988 he has been a member of the internationally acclaimed modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.  Field also leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, an improvisational brass band whose debut CD was included on best-of-year lists from WNYC Radio (New York), the Gambit Weekly (New Orleans), and Radio Popolare (Milan, Italy).  The group has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Puffin Cultural Forum, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and numerous other venues.   Field has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and Japan, and has been Composer-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony (NH), the Ucross Foundation (Wyoming), the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida).  His solo releases document his compositions and improvisations for layered alto saxophones.  His recordings have been released on the Cuneiform, O.O.Discs, sFz Recordings, Sublingual, and Innova labels, and have been featured in The New York Times, Saxophone Journal, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications.  Field is a Vandoren Performing Artist.  His music is also heard regularly on Sesame Street.

Five Saxophones in Search of Meaning

Layered alto saxophones, composed and performed by Ken Field

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Breakdown Part 1

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. Rough mix, not mastered, remix of material from May 2011 NYC recordings. Final mix will be released March 2014 on “Live Snakes” (Accurate Records).

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