Our annual Mardi Gras party was a total and absolute gas! Thanks to the near-capacity audience for such a wonderful response (and a standing ovation!), to our special guests Amadee Castenell & Henri Smith, and of course to the RSE musicians: Tom Hall, Dave Harris, Phil Neighbors, Blake Newman, Jerry Sabatini, and Ken Field!
The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Labeled “explosive” by the Boston Globe, two-time New England Music Award nominees Revolutionary Snake Ensemble’s most recent cd I Want That Sound! has received extensive critical acclaim, and entered the CMJ jazz radio top ten chart just two weeks after its release.
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.
Leader Ken Field is a saxophonist/ composer/ improviser/ one of Boston’s most dedicated and versatile musicians. Since 1988, he has been a member of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, a New Music/ chamber rock ensemble that began as a spinoff from the legendary Mission of Burma. Field assembled an improvisational horn and percussion group in 1990 with trumpeter and cartoonist Scott Getchell to entertain at a pagan women’s ritual celebration. Field decided to continue the project, conceiving it initially as an improvisational group rooted in Boston’s free jazz/ improv scene.