Ken Field

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Ken Field
Born (1953-01-26) January 26, 1953 (age 61)
Genres Jazz
Instruments Saxophone, flute, percussion
Associated acts Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Website http://kenfield.org

Ken Field (born January 26, 1953) is a saxophonist, flautist, percussionist, and composer.[1] Since 1988 he has been a member of the electrified modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, with whom he has recorded eight CDs.[2]

Career[edit]

Field has been Composer-in-Residence at the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, the Fundación Valparaíso, Spain, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida. He has performed for President Bill Clinton, and with former J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf. Ken Field is a Vandoren Performing Artist.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble[edit]

Field leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble,[3] a New Orleans-inspired improvisational brass band.[4] Their 2008 release Forked Tongue appeared on best-of-year lists in the Village Voice and the Estonian Postimees, as well as on lists in Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Wisconsin, and New York. Year of the Snake, the group's 2003 debut release, was included on best-of-year lists from WNYC Radio, the Gambit Weekly, and the Italian station Radio Popolare. The group has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Puffin Cultural Forum, Berklee Performance Center, and numerous other venues, and has been nominated for a Boston Music Award, and several Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll awards.

Field has also composed music for animation, film, and dance, including music for children's television program Sesame Street.[5]

Discography[edit]

Other work[edit]

Field has undertaken residencies and conducted workshops at a number of US universities. He was formerly on the faculty of the Music Maker School, where he taught saxophone and flute. He also hosts The New Edge, a weekly radio program on WMBR in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and curates and co-directed Cultural Constructions, an intercultural music performance project.

Field is Master of the Studio of Music Business, Composition, Performance, and Soundtrack Design with The Beijing DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA), a high-level, multi-disciplined, application-oriented higher education institution in Shanghai, China.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ken Field", Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians, Jazz.com, retrieved 2010-10-31
  2. ^ "Ken Field", allaboutjazz.com, retrieved 2010-10-31
  3. ^ "Ken Field interviews on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Jim (2003) "TODAY IT'S SPIRITUAL, TOMORROW IT'S FUNEREAL", Boston Globe, November 13, 2003
  5. ^ "Ken Field interviews on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ken Field interview 13-Apr-2014 on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 

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