Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble


Listed as one of the year's top CDs in NYC, New Orleans, and Milan, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble's "Year of the Snake" has been called "killer", "fabulous", and "audacious!" RSE is a New Orleans-influenced funk & street beat brass band, and can be heard regularly on Sesame Street.


The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a funk & street beat brass band, playing New Orleans and other modern improvised celebratory music. Led by saxophonist Ken Field, the group's colorful costumes and creative arrangements have earned it invitations to entertain for audiences as large as 20,000. Notable Revolutionary Snake Ensemble performances have included the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cambridge River Festival, ArtBeat, the Central Square World's Fair, the Somerville Theater, First Night Boston, First Night Providence, First Night Fall River, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Puffin Cultural Forum, Berklee Performance Center, and numerous other venues. The group has been honored with an invitations to march with the Krewe of Muses for their 2005 & 2007 mardi gras parades in New Orleans.

The Ensemble can be heard on Parade of Numbers, an animated counting piece regularly aired on the television program Sesame Street.

Repeatedly nominated in their Best Music Poll by the Boston Phoenix and WFNX Radio, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble includes a shifting roster of notable Boston-area musicians. The group has also been nominated several times by a panel of music writers and critics for a Boston Music Award.

Year of the Snake is the group's debut CD, and includes music by Field, Sun Ra, John Scofield, James Brown, and others. Liner notes were contributed by two-time Grammy-winning New Orleans music producer Scott Billington. The CD was listed as one of the top CDs of the year on New York NPR affiliate WNYC, in the New Orleans Gambit Weekly, and on Radio Popolare in Milan, Italy. The disc is available at


"Year of the Snake", Innova Recordings, has received airplay on the following radio stations:
CFLX (Quebec), CIUT (Toronto), KEUL (Alaska), KGNU (Boulder, CO), KRZA (CO/NM), KSJC (Silverton, CO), KSVR (WA), KUNM (Albuquerque), KUSP (Santa Cruz), KWVA (Eugene, OR), Radio Kosmos (Greece), Radio Popolare (Italy), Vermont Public Radio, WBLU/WBLV Blue Lake Public Radio (MI), WEMU (MI), WFMU (NY/NJ), WFNX (Boston), WGBH (Boston), WHFR (Detroit), WHUS (CT), WMBR (Cambridge), WMMT (Whitesbury, KY), WMNF (Tampa), WMPG (Portland, ME), WMUA (Amherst, MA), WNAA (Greensboro, NC), WNYC (NY), WPKN (Bridgeport, CT), WRFL (Lexington, KY), WSHA (Raleigh, NC), WSUM (Madison, WI), WTJU (Charlottesville, VA), WTUL (New Orleans), WVOF (Fairfield, CT), WWUH (Hartford, CT), WWPV (VT), WXOU, (MI), WXYC (Chapel Hill, NC)

Set List

Partial song list:
Parade of Numbers / Ken Field (as heard on Sesame Street)
I Got It / Ken Field
Central Square / Ken Field
Berrendo / Ken Field
Iko Iko / James Crawford
Goin’ Back to New Orleans / Joe Liggins
Lil' Liza Jane / Countess Ada De Lachau
Soul Makossa / Manu Dibango
St. Louis Blues / W.C.Handy
Some Nerve / John Scofield
A Call For All Demons / Sun Ra
Soul Power / James Brown
Latin Genetics / Ornette Coleman
Guadalupe / Ornette Coleman
Brown Skin Girl / Norman Span
Ballad of the Fallen / (trad. El Salvadorian)
Rent Control Parade / Max Azanow