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Revolutionary Snake Ensemble



Biography

The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Leader Ken Field is a longtime member of the modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

Their latest release, Live Snakes (Accurate Records, 2014), was recorded in 2011 & 2013 in Boston, Brooklyn, and Manhattan and documents four distinct incarnations of the ensemble, with two remixes by Field, and with guest musicians including Charles Neville, Josh Roseman, Kenny Wollesen, and Matt Darriau.

The group's 2nd CD, Forked Tongue, spent 2 months on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart, peaking at #11, and appeared on best-of-year lists in the Village Voice & in Estonia, plus in Georgia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, and NY.  The disc features unique treatments of music by Field, Ornette Coleman, Billy Idol, and others.

Notable Revolutionary Snake Ensemble performances have included the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Parade (New Orleans); Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Tonic (NYC); the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the Puffin Cultural Forum; Tipitina's (New Orleans); Berklee Performance Center; the Somerville Theater; First Nights Boston, Providence, Fall River; the Cambridge River Festival; ArtBeat; the Central Square World's Fair; and other venues.

From 2005-2009 the Snake Ensemble traveled by train five times from Boston to New Orleans, playing on board the Amtrak Crescent, to march with the Krewe of Muses in their annual Mardi Gras parade.  The Ensemble can be heard on Parade of Numbers, an animated counting piece regularly aired on the television program Sesame Street.

RSE's debut release, Year of the Snake, included music by Field, Sun Ra, John Scofield, James Brown, and others, and was listed as one of the top discs of the year on New York NPR affiliate WNYC, in the New Orleans Gambit Weekly, and on Radio Popolare in Milan, Italy.

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Watch Past Performances

Video 3/23/2014: Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

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.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble