Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
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Revolutionary Snake Ensemble


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"Urban tribal music that blends an audacious New Orleans brass band spirit with the sensual fever of African and Latin rhythms."
The Boston Herald

"Great music!"
James Cervantes, KWVA, Eugene, Oregon

"Year of the Snake is killer!"
Clay Gaunce, WRFL, Lexington, Kentucky

"Musical innovator Ken Fieldā€¦drags the brass band into the 21st century."
Seth Rogovoy, Berkshire Eagle

"GREAT new CD - a terrific disc! A fabulous Mardi Gras-themed album of horn-heavy, funky, and energetic party music." TOP 10 PICK FOR 2003!
John Schaefer, Music Dir. & New Sounds host, WNYC, New York City

"Imagine a New Orleans brass band coupled to JB horns and firing off just enough improvisation to keep things unpredictable. Things have certainly heated up in Boston!"
Nils Jacobson,

"The CD is amazing"
Dan Bodah, WFMU Radio

"One of the best unsigned bands in the country - the best party in town!"
WBZ-TV Channel 4

"It's all here - music for the head, the heart, and the feet."
Scott Billington, two-time Grammy-winning New Orleans music producer

"Great work - making quite a buzz around here!"
David Eisenman, Jazz & Blues Director, WTJU FM, Charlottesville, VA

TOP 10 PICK FOR 2003!
Glenn Astarita, New Orleans Gambit Weekly

"One serious party album - an instrumental record infectious enough to keep the bodily juices bubbling, and interesting enough to keep the noggin engaged, as well."
Charles Winokoor, Taunton Daily Gazette

"Simply put, this is one of the most successful combinations of booty-shaking & brain-stimulating music to be released this year, and it deserves your attention post-haste."
Brett McCallon, Splendid

Maurizio Comandini, All About Jazz Italy
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"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)



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