Performance photo: L-R: Eric Glick Rieman, Ken Field, Karen Stackpole, Photo:

Ken Field is a saxophonist, flautist, and composer. Since 1988 he has been a member of the internationally acclaimed electronic modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, with whom he has recorded eight CDs. He leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, an experimental & improvisational brass band, and performs with the community-based Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band. Since 2015 he has annually led a pick-up band of unafiliated musicians at the HONK!Oz Festival in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. His solo releases document his work for layered saxophones and his soundtracks for dance and film. Field was named a 2017 Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Revolutionary Snake Ensemble's 2003 debut release Year of the Snake was included on best-of-year lists in NYC, New Orleans, and Milan. The 2008 release Forked Tongue spent 2 months on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart, and appeared on best-of-year lists in the Village Voice and in Georgia, Kansas, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, NYC, and Estonia. Live Snakes (2014) was an Editor's Pick in Downbeat Magazine. The group's latest release on Innova Recordings is I Want That Sound! (2016). RSE has performed at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Berklee Performance Center, the Redentore Festival in Venice, Italy, and numerous other venues, and has been nominated for a New England Music Award, a Boston Music Award, and several Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll awards.


Field has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, & Japan, and has been awarded residency fellowship grants at the MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire), the Ucross Foundation (Wyoming), the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), the MacNamara Foundation (Maine), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida). His musical projects have been released on the Cuneiform, O.O.Discs, sFz Recordings, Sublingual, and Innova Recordings labels, and featured in The New York Times, Saxophone Journal, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Tower Pulse, Billboard, Cadence, The Wire, The Orlando Sentinel, The New Yorker, and many other publications. Field has performed at the Roswell (NM) Jazz Festival, for President Bill Clinton, with Trombone Shorty, Charles Neville, Grammy-winning percussionist Glen Velez, former J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, The Violent Femmes, and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.


He has been commissioned by Guggenheim fellows Bridgman/Packer Dance to compose music for their works Under the Skin and Double Expose, which have been performed widely in the USA and Europe. A CD of Under the Skin was released in 2006 on Innova Recordings. Also on Innova, his 2012 release Sensorium: Music for Dance & Film includes his music for Double Expose and for three films by his late wife, internationally recognized animator Karen Aqua.


In 2000 Field released Tokyo in F, the live recording of an improvised concert he gave in Tokyo with three prominent Japanese musicians he met only just before the performance.


His 1999 release of layered saxophone music, Pictures of Motion, integrates elements of ambient, hiphop, minimalism, swing, acid, improv, and Balkan processional music. The CD includes two of Field's compositions for Sesame Street, and features a guest appearance by renowned multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio.


Field's 1996 debut solo release, Subterranea, documented his multitracked saxophone improvisations, recorded mostly in an underground chamber in Roswell, New Mexico. Subterranea received airplay on over 160 radio stations in the US, Canada, Switzerland, and Japan.


Field is also an award-winning composer of music for animation, film, and dance. His music is heard regularly on the popular internationally-broadcast children's television program Sesame Street, in collaboration with his late wife, animator Karen Aqua. His soundtrack work has been broadcast on HBO, the Movie Channel, the Sundance Channel, and PBS.


Presentation, residency, and workshop experience includes Grinnell College, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Wellesley College, Alfred University, Western New Mexico University, Sheridan College, the Artists' Association of Nantucket, Camden-Rockport High School/YouthArts (ME), Applewild School (MA), New Mexico Military Institute, the Carolina Film Festival (NC), the University of North Carolina, Hilo & Waiakea High Schools (HI), the Massachusetts College of Art, Lebanon Valley College (PA), the Boston Museum of Science, the Creative Music Orchestra (New Haven, CT), the Fitchburg (MA) Art Museum, and, with Delfeayo Marsalis, the Nunez Correctional Learning Center (Port Sulpher, LA).


In 2003 the Saxophone Journal featured a Masterclass CD by Field based on the layered saxophone improvisations from his first solo CD Subterranea. Ken Field is an Applied Microphone Technology Endorser and a Vandoren Performing Artist, and uses Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces for performance and recording. He hosts The New Edge, a weekly radio program on WMBR in Cambridge, is former Chair of the Cambridge Bicycle Committee, a member of the HONK! Organizing Committee, and is on the Boards of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge and JazzBoston.




photo: Rey Berrones

Drummer/percussionist Karen Stackpole began her career as a rock drummer in the late 1980s and soon became fascinated with improvised music and multimedia collaboration. She joined forces with San Francisco Bay Area musicians, playing new music and stretching beyond established boundaries as well as working with dancers and experimental film. In 1991 she was exposed to the wonder of gongs (Paiste in particular) and immediately altered her trajectory to include these incredibly versatile instruments into her musical vocabulary.


In her explorations of metals, she has cultivated some distinctive techniques for drawing harmonics out of tam tams with various implements: rubber mallets, felt and yarn mallets, ball chains, bass and cello bows, kitchen utensils, and other small objects. Stackpole specializes in dynamic soundscapes and textures, but has also contributed gong sounds to more conventional musical genres as well as contributing source material for film soundtracks.

She is active in the creative music scene and has participated in music festivals and performed solo in Seattle, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, and the Bay Area as well as collaborating with other gongists from the UK, Poland, and the United States. Over the years she has played with Gino Robair, John Schott, Vinny Golia, Myles Boisen, Moe Staiano, Chris Heenan, Rod Poole, Steve Roden, Dean Santomieri, Le Quan Ninh, The Bay Area Chamber Symphony, Mark Growden, Malcolm Mooney, and others. In addition to solo work, she performs and records with various projects including Machine Shop: Live Amplified Gong Experience (a duo with electronics master, Drew Webster), Sabbaticus Rex, Ghost in the House, the improvising quartet Vorticella, the Francis Wong Unit, and the rock band Steel Hotcakes.




Eric Glick Rieman is a composer, improviser, teacher, and instrument manipulator from Berkeley CA. His fascination with putting sounds into space has led him into performing with the amplified innards of a modified Rhodes electric piano which, as well as piano, has been his primary performance instrument for the past 20 years. He is also a synthesist, recording and performing electronic music using modular synthesizers.


He composes for instruments and ensembles, often including improvisation as part of the compositional structure, and has had pieces recently performed by the Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble and the South Berkeley Chamber Ensemble.


He has released collaborative and solo recordings on Accretions, ReR Megacorp, and Water Goes Into The Air, notably with improvisational collaborators Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster, Fred Frith, and Carla Kihlstedt.


“Glick Rieman improvises slow, haunting music that passes well beyond Ambient agreeableness to offer the more substantial satisfactions of deep listening.” Julian Cowley, The Wire


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