The Celebrity Series of Boston selected Ken Field to curate music for their successful "Jazz Along the Charles" project. Field's process as curator is highlighted here. Established by Aaron Richmond in 1938, the Celebrity Series has evolved into New England's major presenting organization with over 200 performance and outreach activities annually. Jazz Along the Charles took place on the afternoon of Sunday September 23rd, 2018. 25 jazz ensembles gathered at a series of connected, walkable locations along the Charles River Esplanade, interpreting a list of Boston-related songs curated by Field in one collective concert that celebrated the great jazz community of Boston. Audience was estimated at 10,000.
Field's composition "The Pearly Eyed March", as recorded by Birdsongs of the Mesozoic on their 1995 release Dancing on A'A, was featured in "In Transit", two evenings of dances by Margot Parsons as part of the "Living Legacy" series at The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA, April 6 & 7, 2018.
For the fourth year, Ken Field led his New Orleans-influenced Hoot Band at the HONK!Oz and Illawarra Folk Festivals in Wollongong (NSW), Australia, south of Sydney. This year's iteration of the Hoot Band featured over 100 musicians performing with the group. The repertoire included original material by Field, as well as arrangements of New Orleans & Australian traditional and popular works.
Ken Field has been honored as a 2017 Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Field's acclaimed improvisational brass band the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble has released "I Want That Sound!", the group's fourth CD. Consisting of all original material, the CD was released on Minneapolis-based Innova Recordings, an arm of the American Composers Forum.